Search Results: "James N. Olson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2001

"Although sorely in need of maps and other illustrations, this is an impressive, engaging analysis of one of the most politically charged events in American history."
A swift and savvy journey through 164 years of Alamo history—from lines in the sand to lines at the gift shop. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 2002

"A lucid account of an ongoing war on a changing battlefield with at least the hope of new weapons."
How perceptions of breast cancer and its treatment have evolved over the centuries, particularly since the advent of the women's movement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 14, 1990

From Olson (History/Sam Houston State Univ.) and Roberts (History/Purdue)—a balanced and highly informative account of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN WAYNE: AMERICAN by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"Despite its occasional clunkiness, this is very likely to be the definitive Wayne biography for years to come. (38 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An epic biography of one of America's most popular and iconographic movie stars. Read full book review >

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THE PRESIDENCY OF JOHN F. KENNEDY by James N. Giglio
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A balanced and thoughtful account that avoids the hagiography or damnation of so many other JFK bios, revealing the man in all his complexity, from his wily, hypnotic charm to his political decisiveness when it could not be avoided."
Brisk, solid survey of a brief and controversial presidency, by Giglio (History/Southwest Missouri State Univ.). Read full book review >

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WINTER OF THE WOLVES by James N. Frey
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 1992

"Recommended for high-energy addicts a lot more credulous than the hero."
A single-minded duel of tough, tough former operatives for the CIA-based Exchange—one retired, one feared lost to the opposition— now turned against each other. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1999

"This latest gem in Chicago's 'Worlds of Desire' series offers a shimmering view of queer Brazilian life throughout the 20th century. (24 halftones, 10 line drawings, 6 maps)"
Like a milliner weeding wilted grapes and overripe bananas from Carmen Miranda's fruit-basket hat, Green brushes aside outworn cultural assumptions about Brazil's queer life to display its full glory, as well as the troubles which homophobia has sent its way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A complement to the memoirs of George Orwell and Ernest Hemingway, as well as Javier Cercas's novel Soldiers of Salamis (2004)—not quite in their league, but not far from it."
Fluent memoir by a veteran of a war that ended 70 years ago and is swiftly being forgotten. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1995

"Perhaps we live in an age overly obsessed with the smallest details of the self, but just too much of this account exists at the surface level of facts, sight substituting for insight. (5 photos, 9 illustrations, 4 maps)"
A clunky memoir by a Japanese-American doctor recounting his work with survivors of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WRITE LETTER TO BILLY by Toby Olson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The bottom line: too much going on, too many coincidences to allow either the mystery or the search for deeper meaning to become credible."
An unsolved murder pulls together the varied threads of a story that relies heavily on coincidence in reuniting a father with his teenaged daughter, and a brother with his Siamese twin, while also self-consciously exploring memory and identity. Read full book review >