Search Results: "James L. Swanson"


BOOK REVIEW

"THE PRESIDENT HAS BEEN SHOT!" by James L. Swanson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Readers wishing for a more restrained, neutral, journalistic treatment should stick with Wilborn Hampton's Kennedy Assassinated: The World Mourns (1997). (source notes, further reading, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Readers coming cold to this book about the assassination of John F. Kennedy will learn a great deal about the crime but much less about the man who died. Read full book review >

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END OF DAYS by James L. Swanson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Chilling, gruesome and riveting."
For the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, Swanson (Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln's Corpse, 2010, etc.) breathlessly re-creates the tragedy. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Less dramatic than the author's previous work, but full of vigorous prose and dynamic stories about the period immediately following the end of the Civil War."
The author of two books on the Lincoln assassination takes another look at the aftermath. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Sadly, except for one brief note attesting to the authenticity of the dialogue, there are no sourcing statements. (map) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
The 2009 bicentennial of Lincoln's birth has spawned a large crop of books about his life and presidency. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"A meticulous account of crime and capture makes a distinguished and worthy addition to the legend Americans can't seem to read enough about."
Compelling narrative of John Wilkes Booth's desperate final days, from the co-author of Lincoln's Assassins: Their Trial and Execution (2001). Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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FIFTY SHADES OF GREY by E L James
Released: April 3, 2012

"While the book is not especially well-executed, James has tapped into a female sexual and psychological curiosity that can be disturbing if taken too seriously, but is somewhat fun and entertaining in the imagination stage."
Innocent girl meets billionaire boy with some serious issues; they fall for each other anyway, but is attraction enough to overcome his need for control and her need for independence? Read full book review >