Search Results: "J. Robert Moskin"


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AMERICAN STATECRAFT by J. Robert Moskin
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"An ambitious, impressively researched history, though the writing tends toward the ploddingly scholarly."
A massively thorough survey of the formation of the U.S. Foreign Service, from Benjamin Franklin's early efforts to convince European powers to back the colonists' cause to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens' tragic death in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1996

"In Moskin's portrait, Truman emerges as a man meeting the test of his life with courage, common sense, and great skill. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A straightforward, suitably plain-spoken account of the first dramatic months of a presidency that transformed America's world role. Read full book review >

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PAINTER AND UGLY by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"An engaging tale of friendship, loyalty and separation, this will appeal to fans of the author's earlier work as well all readers who enjoy a suspenseful story with a satisfying end. (Picture book. 5-8)"
From a veteran Iditarod chronicler (Akiak, 1997, etc.) comes the tale of Painter and Ugly, two young sled dogs and dedicated friends. Read full book review >

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CAROUSEL CAT by Robert J. Blake
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"An author's note indicates Asbury Park, New Jersey as the source. (Picture book. 3-8)"
You can almost hear the music when Dan cranks up the Pavilion O' Fun, a splendid old carousel on the boardwalk near the shore. Read full book review >

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THE PERFECT SPOT by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 29, 1992

"The interplay between parent and child, each dedicated to his own valuable pursuit, is as appealing as the lovely play of light through trees and water. (Picture book. 4-9)"
An illustrator who made a fine debut with his oil paintings for Weller's Riptide (1990) turns to watercolor for his own story about an artist on a woodland expedition with his son. Read full book review >

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SWIFT by Robert J. Blake
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"He depicts a winter landscape both ominous and beautiful. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Swift is a working dog, who helps Johnnie's Pa hunt and stay safe in the woods. Read full book review >

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SPRAY by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 1996

"Justin's wake. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Unhappy as a newcomer on Martha's Vineyard, Justin sets out to sea in his sailing dory, dreaming of his hero, Captain Slocum, who became the first man to sail around the world in 1898. Read full book review >

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VICTOR AND HUGO by Robert J. Blake
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"If readers are ready to forgive its confused plot, the art offers much to appreciate. (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)"
Two dogs rescue their master's accordion—and the world's music—in Paris. Read full book review >

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THE DIRECTORS by Robert J. Emery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Nevertheless, any volume that assembles the thoughts of Sidney Lumet, Spike Lee, Sydney Pollack, Norman Jewison, and Robert Wise is going to have some plums—for readers willing to dig deep enough. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A raw, messy volume of interview transcripts, saved in part by the unquenchable entertainment value of behind-the-scenes stories of how directors bring their movies to life. Read full book review >

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CASTLE by J. Robert Lennon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2009

"The parts are better than the whole in Lennon's curiously structured fifth novel (Mailman, 2003, etc.)."
A soldier's homecoming conceals his childhood secret: the gothic excesses of the mad psychologist who formed his character. Read full book review >

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MOMENTS CAPTURED by Robert J. Seidman
Released: Oct. 25, 2012

"If Seidman had better connected with 19th-century bohemia, this could have been a true historical epic instead of an enjoyable soap opera."
The 19th-century, San Francisco-based photographer Edward Muybridge is the subject of Seidman's (One Smart Indian, 1977, etc.) sweeping historical novel. Read full book review >

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IN THE SHADOW OF THE ARCH by Robert J. Randisi
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 15, 1998

"Louis, Detective Joe Keough (Alone with the Dead, 1995) hits the ground running in his search for the Mall Rat, a killer who preys on blond mothers and their young childrenand who may have orphaned a little boy who turns up outside the station in Keough's first day on the job."
In The Shadow Of The Arch ($23.95; Jan. 15; 368 pp.; 0-312-18115-9): Transplanted from the Big Apple to St. Read full book review >