Search Results: "Jacob Needleman"


BOOK REVIEW

MONEY AND THE MEANING OF LIFE by Jacob Needleman
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

"Needleman's best and most important book."
In previous work, dealing with apparently evermore earthly concerns, Needleman (Philosophy/San Francisco State) has dug for the spiritual roots of Christianity (Lost Christianity, 1980), philosophy (The Heart of Philosophy, 1982), and medicine (The Way of the Physician, 1985). Read full book review >

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WHAT IS GOD? by Jacob Needleman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 24, 2009

"An erudite, challenging text full of difficult questions, but it answers the title question with little more than a whispered answer."
Memoir about coming to grips with the concept of God. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2002

"The nation's founders, Needleman appealingly suggests, were a group of tricksters, operating at once in the immediate and spiritual worlds, not to be wholly trusted—and not to be denied because they touch the bone-bred commonality in all of us."
Needleman (Philosophy/San Francisco State Univ.; Money and the Meaning of Life, 1991, etc.) searches out the transcendent ideas that once epitomized the American vision in this spine-stiffening return call to conscience and wisdom. Read full book review >

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FERALS by Jacob Grey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 28, 2015

"This series opener is definitely not for arachnophobes or those easily frightened, but stouthearted readers happy to suspend their disbelief may enjoy the urban setting and fast-paced plot. (Fantasy. 9-14)"
People who can commune with animals populate this urban fantasy for middle-grade readers. Read full book review >

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THE SWARM DESCENDS by Jacob Grey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 26, 2016

"Here's hoping the next book offers more nuanced characters and a less calculable plot. (Urban fantasy. 10-14)"
Caw and his friends return in this sequel to Ferals (2015).Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2007

"A sturdy analysis of neoconservatism in American life."
An in-depth analytical history of neoconservatism and the men and women who created perhaps the most significant foreign-policy shift of the past 25 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"If, as Sullum sarcastically concludes, 'freedom is the most pernicious' risk factor for disease and injury in the eyes of antismokers, a more disciplined analysis of smoking in relation to freedom is badly needed. (8 pages b&w photos) (Radio satellite tour)"
A somewhat predictable libertarian attack on antismoking efforts. Read full book review >

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THE RECKONING by Jacob Soll
NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 2014

"An intriguing, well-crafted discussion highlighting a major contribution to political and economic well-being, with an obvious moral for today."
Soll's (History/Univ. of Southern California; The Information Master: Jean-Baptiste Colbert's Secret State Intelligence System, 2009, etc.) double-entry bookkeeping in relation to the political and cultural significance of accounting and the rise and fall of nations and businesses. Read full book review >

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THE POSER by Jacob Rubin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"A strong debut that remains steadily written, even as it drifts away from its best material."
Rubin's debut novel tells an imaginative story of American emptiness. Read full book review >

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LITTLE BIRD'S BAD WORD by Jacob Grant
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"A charming, tender, and ever pertinent life lesson. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Little Bird loves to learn new words, especially when they are "big bird" words. Read full book review >

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A TALE OF LIGHT AND SHADOW by Jacob Gowans
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Occasional sparks of inspiration fail to kindle a sodden heap of anemic roles and tropes. (free prequel available for download) (Fantasy. 12-14)"
Young lovers flee the clutches of a scheming emperor in this ponderous series opener. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"An exciting, stimulating, and unique human document, and one that will no doubt become a much-trumpeted addition to the historical record. (50 b&w photos)"
In 1270, one year before the start of Marco Polo's fabled adventure, a Jewish merchant from the Adriatic port of Ancona set sail for the Orient; over 700 years later, his recently discovered account affords a rare and fascinating glimpse into the peoples, commerce, and thought of the 13th century. Read full book review >