Search Results: "Herman J. Mankiewicz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CITIZEN KANE BOOK by Pauline Kael
Released: Oct. 28, 1971

"Miss Kael's piece is, expectably, spankingly entertaining as well as informative and the dual project will have its new-old appeal."
The only name that doesn't belong above is that of Orson Welles', for if Citizen Kane was not only his greatest movie but is still as fresh as the day that it opened, he had nothing to do with "The Shooting Script" which, along with takes from it, and notes by Gary Carey, constitute three quarters of this book. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"A troubling mix of violence, ignorance, and courage: a valuable piece of Americana. (Sixteen b&w photographs, one map- -not seen)"
A century after being written, vivid memories of the Civil War and the American frontier see the light of day. Read full book review >

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Released: May 5, 2015

"This often entertaining survey of recent African political history should interest both scholars and laypeople."
Retired diplomat Cohen (Intervening in Africa, 2000) provides insight into the tension between dictatorship and democracy in post-colonial Africa. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Like Yoshiko Uchida's The Invisible Thread (1991), this memoir is an outstanding contribution to children's literature about World War II, illustrating the astonishing ability of human beings to survive and overcome years of displacement, internment and exile. (Memoir. 10 & up)"
When Japan invaded the Dutch East Indies in 1942, four-year-old Annelex's comfortable colonial world turned upside down. Read full book review >

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BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL by Herman J. Viola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Viola neither lionizes nor challenges Campbell's machismo—and this moral neutrality makes for a curiously old-fashioned biography, informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (Forty b&w photographs—not seen)"
An uncritical biography of the new US senator from Colorado, the only Native American serving in Congress. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A candid, straightforward account of one man and his rise from rags to riches."
The lifelong journey from shoeshine boy to construction mogul. Read full book review >

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THE TEARS OF THE MADONNA by George Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"A delight in what we hope will be an ongoing series."
In the second of a series (begun with A Comedy of Murders, 1994), the setting is once again Renaissance Italy and the sleuths are Leonardo da Vinci and his more than worthy sidekick, the learned dwarf Niccolo. Read full book review >

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NATURE'S WAY by Herman Wouk
Released: July 3, 1958

"Designed for reading."
Even Wouk's achievement in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial was not enough to carry Nature's Way to success, on Broadway. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"Scholarly and entertaining, written with a keen eye for the politics, but never forsaking the pleasures. (16-page color insert, not seen)"
An irreproachably researched and amusingly written history of European monarchs' jezebels. Read full book review >

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ALL WE LEFT BEHIND by Nancy Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 7, 2013

"An evenhanded, informative account of an American catastrophe."
Herman's first historical novel tells thetruestory of 13-year-old Virginia Reed, a member of the ill-fated Donner Party. Read full book review >

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Faith, Supernatural Beliefs and Our Symbolic Brain by Herman Kagan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2013

"An excellent introduction to the science behind our beliefs."
A cleareyed look at the psychological and biological foundation of supernatural beliefs. Read full book review >