Search Results: "James L. Gelvin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"A useful attempt to understand a still-unfolding story."
A solid primer on the Arab Spring. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIBLE AS IT WAS by James L. Kugel
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Bible'' is really a series of texts filtered through the imaginative perceptions of its ancient exegetes. (24 illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club main selection)"
An extraordinary, pathbreaking scholarly achievement: an annotated anthology of interpretations of ancient (mostly 100 b.c.300 a.d.) interpretations of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) culled from hundreds of sources. ``Interpretation'' here often refers to the homiletical expansion of a biblical narrative—known in the Jewish tradition as midrash—particularly to fill in narrative gaps and vague allusions, or to resolve morally problematic passages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 1991

"Authoritative yet accessible: another fine showing by Stokesbury."
Stokesbury (A Short History of the Korean War, 1988, etc.; History/Acadia Univ., Nova Scotia) again displays his exceptional ability to boil down vast historic materials into a first-rate one- volume narrative. Read full book review >

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THE FROSH by James L. Sanford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2013

"An overly long, sometimes meandering tale that still achieves a vivid portrait of an important moment in time."
A coming-of-age novel about a group of college freshman grappling with growing up during historically tempestuous times. Read full book review >

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A DARKLING SEA by James L. Cambias
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"An exceptionally thoughtful, searching and intriguing debut."
Science-fiction novel from game designer and story writer Cambias, the first of a projected series. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT SHIFT by James L. Kugel
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Biblical exegesis at its best: a brilliant and sensitive reading of ancient texts, all with an eye to making them meaningful to our time by making sense of what they meant in their own."
An inquiry into how the contemporaries of Solomon and Sheba viewed the presence of the deity and why the reality of that highly personal divine/mortal relationship changed over time. Read full book review >

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR by James L. Stokesbury
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"An excellent introduction to one of the most eventful stories in American history."
Who needs another one-volume history of the Civil War? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 29, 2006

"Doesn't reinvent the wheel, but does make the process of creating one easier."
A life-long inventor details the steps for creating a successful invention, from brainstorming ideas to successful marketing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2011

"Nelson makes an entertaining case that the American Revolution may have been won on Bunker Hill."
A clever, often sardonic history of an iconic battle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIFTY SHADES FREED by E L James
Released: April 17, 2012

"The Fifty Shades trilogy ends with a lot of action, emotional tension and flashes of enlightenment; fans will be satisfied that all's well that ends well in the Grey house...er, mansion."
Ana and Christian get married, but continued physical and emotional threats, as well as Christian's need for control, mitigate their bliss. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAPTIVE PARADISE by James L. Haley
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A pertinent work of keen understanding of the complex Hawaiian story."
Revisionist, evenhanded look at Hawaiian dynastic tenacity against ceaseless challenges by larger imperialist powers. Read full book review >

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CORSAIR by James L. Cambias
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A potboiler that fans of Cambias' previous excellent work will wish to investigate."
Near-future science-fiction thriller from the author of A Darkling Sea (2014).Read full book review >