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 >

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

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

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 >

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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: 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NO JUSTICE by James D. Brewer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1996

"This third yarn starring Williamson, Baldridge, and Tyner (No Virtue, 1995, etc.) is the liveliest and most inventive of their adventures to date: a must-read for period buffs, and well worth the time of casual drop-ins too."
If there were any justice, Allan Pinkerton, hired to track down Mississippi River robbers James and Lloyd Reed, would have hired struggling investigator Masey Baldridge as a full-fledged Pinkerton operative rather than a lowly guide, and he would also have hired Salina Tyner, a comely companion of Baldridge's and of many others. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A bleak view of the press by one who's in a position to know."
A trenchant and disturbing analysis of the transformation of newspapers from gatherers of news to profitable corporate assets, by the former editor of the Chicago Tribune. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1997

"Good old-fashioned travel writing of the sort that combines personal observations on faraway places with astute commentary on what connects their past, present, and future."
A delightful account of an idiosyncratic odyssey through island outposts in the world's largest ocean with the observant, low-key novelist Houston (Love Life, 1985, etc.) as an unfailingly congenial tour guide. Read full book review >