Search Results: "James D. Hornfischer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Easily merits pride of place among the flotilla of books appearing in recent years on 'the greatest generation.' (B&w maps)"
A thrilling narrative of the Battle off Samar, a two-and-a-half-hour melee in which outgunned American sailors fended off a Japanese attack that could have stymied the invasion of the Philippines. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though oddly selective—the battles of Leyte Gulf and the Philippines, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa are barely mentioned—this is a thoroughly satisfying account of the final years of World War II."
A skillful history of the final days of World War II, during which "America mastered the vast geopolitics of the Pacific." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Sure to please military and WWII buffs, but may leave others unsatisfied."
Hornfischer (Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors, 2006, etc.) chronicles the World War II Pacific campaign to capture and hold Guadalcanal from the Japanese. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A mostly compelling, long-overdue saga of the famous ship."
A forgotten chapter of heroism, brutality and survival from the opening days of World War II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SERVICE by Marcus Luttrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"An action-packed, occasionally reflective saga of contemporary military service."
A Navy combat veteran showcases the deadly operations in Iraq, promoting American military duty as ennobling in the service of humanity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"His ultimate claim that Paul saw himself as a second Messiah seems like an inflated reading of the Pauline letters, and it will prove controversial with most Christians."
Another entry in the guess-who-Paul-really-was contest. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A top-notch book about the Supreme Court. Zirin has his finger on its pulse, and he shows the rest of us how it works and how it doesn't."
A leading litigator engagingly explores what many readers already know: the Supreme Court votes along party lines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SHADOW MAN by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Boasts practical jokes and tongue-in-cheek humor that would be a credit to both Tony Hillerman and the Marx Brothers."
Puckish Charlie Moon, Southern Ute Tribal Investigator, and his irascible aunt Daisy, an aged shaman, once again defeat pomposity, linear reasoning and assorted illegalities. Read full book review >

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THE APOCALYPSE DOOR by James D. Macdonald
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Cloak-and-dagger meets robe-and-Psalter with jokes and swagger, all just for fun."
Breezy spy spoof as members of the medieval Knights Templar have survived to modern times and find themselves in a complicated intrigue with their rivals, the Teutonic Knights, as well as with the CIA, the UN, what might be a Soviet matter-transmitter, a purloined cultic idol and a suave Manhattan Satanist who has been "excommunicated for giving evil a bad name." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"An often engaging memoir that is especially strong in its insights into global poverty."
The story of the author's unlikely ascent from middle-class Australian Jewish upbringing to Wall Street wealth, president of the World Bank and Middle East peace negotiator. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 28, 2013

"Entertaining insider's look at what goes down before and after the wedding march."
Debut author Walters, a wedding photographer, recounts incidents witnessed on- and off-camera. Read full book review >