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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

LEGACY OF KINGS by Eleanor Herman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 25, 2015

"Both thoroughly researched and absolutely modern, this harkens back to the slightly soapy but still reasonably intelligent mass-market historicals of an earlier era, updated just right for today's audience. (author's note, author Q-and-A, discussion questions) (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
Herman, best known for nonfiction about what royalty get up to in (and out of) the bedroom (Sex with Kings, 2004, etc.), changes direction to enter the teen-crossover field with straight-up historical fantasy. Read full book review >

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A SUMMER ON THIRTEENTH STREET by Charlotte Herman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"The book is neither as deep nor as poignant as Holtze's Summer Endings (p. 394) nor as dramatic as Hahn's Stepping on the Cracks (above); still, it's a good, undemanding neighborhood story about the same period, for slightly younger readers. (Fiction. 8-12)"
During the Chicago summer of 1944, 11-year-old Shirley Cohen enjoys her friendship with Morton, with whom she starts a victory garden; shares malteds from the drugstore, where nice young Manny Zelznick helps his dad; waits for her adopted stray to have kittens; and speculates that the janitor, Otto, may be a spy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY BOY by Herman Wouk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1948

"Nice going- with no profound social significance or jibes at modern mores."
Divorcing himself from the artificialty and effort of Aurora Dawn (1947) this is a tragi-comedy of youngsters, understandingly, amusingly, entertainingly presented, with enough bite in the interpolations of the adult world against which they carry on incessant warfare, to keep it from a too humorous approach. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"A model Hollywood biography: cogent, to the point, candid, briskly written, and never dull."
This first book by Los Angeles Times correspondent Herman is an exhaustively complete biography of Wyler, director of such acclaimed films as Ben-Hur, The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights, Jezebel, and The Letter. Read full book review >

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THE LAST PHOENIX by Richard Herman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2002

"As always, Herman, a retired Air Force major, evokes his far-flung battlefields with colorful authenticity (The Trojan Sea, 2001, etc.). It's his home-front warriors that seem pale and stale."
A routine thriller about our first woman president, who's burdened by political, geopolitical, and pesky un-political problems. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"A well-wrought historical narrative that adds significantly to our understanding of both figures."
Veteran historian Herman (To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, 2004, etc.) offers an ambitious, reasoned joint biography of two great men. Read full book review >