Search Results: "James L. Swanson"


BOOK REVIEW

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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"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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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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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 >