Search Results: "James P. Muehlberger"


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THE LOST CAUSE by James P. Muehlberger
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2013

"Of possible interest to Jesse James and/or Civil War buffs, but not to a wider audience."
A Missouri legal historian's well-researched but lackluster answer to the question of whether Jesse James was "the last great rebel of the Civil War or the first notorious robber after [it]." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

A confused, anecdotal argument for change in America's public school system. Read full book review >

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THE PAPER GRAIL by James P. Blaylock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 20, 1991

"Rather arcane in places and curiously lacking in thematic ambition, but seamlessly produced: intriguing and absorbing work from a major talent."
Another distinctive northern California magic-realist fantasy from the author of Land of Dreams (1987). Read full book review >

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Call Forth the Better Angels by James P. Wohlsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2014

"A fast-paced tale of suspense that captures the dysfunctional character of American politics."
A fictional chronicle of Washington political intrigue, intended as a parable about the dangers of partisanship. Read full book review >

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WINTER TIDES by James P. Blaylock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Blaylock's usual hardworking characters—but the drama never quite coheres, and the ending just dangles."
More contemporary supernatural horror from the author of All the Bells on Earth (1995), etc. When surfer Dave Quinn saved a young girl from the sea, her twin sister eluded him and drowned. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURIST by James P. Othmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"A shrewd, funny and sometimes brutal vision of troubled times."
A geopolitical thriller that aims to please everybody: less gunplay than Tom Clancy, more yuks than Don DeLillo. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 1997

"A highly readable chronicle of a remarkable man, and an exciting account of decisive incidents in naval history. (25 photos, 6 maps, not seen)"
An admirably researched history of the long, successful career of America's first admiral and a popular hero of the Civil War, who is best remembered for his famous order in the heat of the battle at Mobile Bay, ``Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!'' To complement (and correct) the mainly army perspective found in most Civil War histories, Duffy (Target Hitler, not reviewed, etc.) presents a record of the frequently overlooked naval aspects of that conflict, as reflected in the career of David Farragut. Read full book review >

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NIGHT RELICS by James P. Blaylock
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1994

"Superb characters and setting, in a plot that meshes seamlessly—the single cavil being that it goes on too long: we learn what's happening well before the characters do."
Fairly orthodox ghost story set in the California hill country, from the author of The Paper Grail, Lord Kelvin's Machine, etc. Peter Travers is trying to put his failed marriage behind him and enter into a new relationship with girlfriend Beth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"Intelligent and entertaining, Pinkerton offers some fodder for policy wonks, although his ideas do not amount to the promised conceptual sea change in our way of thinking about government."
In a diverting commentary on our increasingly dysfunctional political system, Newsday columnist and former Bush policy advisor Pinkerton predicts the imminent demise of bureaucracy and the rise of a ``new paradigm'' of government. Read full book review >

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THE LEGEND THAT WAS EARTH by James P. Hogan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Intriguing and thoughtful, with an agreeably ironic edge."
Alien-visitation yarn from the author of Cradle of Saturn (1999), etc. When the staid, regimented humanoid Hyadeans arrive on Earth with their advanced science—based on dull practicality, not theory—many Western governments and their rich, powerful backers jump to form alliances with them. Read full book review >