Search Results: "James R. Hansen"


BOOK REVIEW

FIRST MAN by James R. Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Though without the exuberance of Tom Wolfe's The Right Stuff, Hansen's big biography does a good job of showing how and why Armstrong has entered the history books."
The first human on the moon is a nice guy, writes admiring biographer Hansen (History/Auburn Univ.), but one not afraid of fighting and politicking to be the first. Read full book review >

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A DIFFICULT PAR by James R. Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2014

"Hansen ably shows us a life filled with unrivaled success and deep end-of-life disappointment."
Hansen (First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, 2005, etc.) returns with the complicated story of the celebrated golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1906-2000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

"With urgency and authority, Hansen urges readers to speak out—taking to the streets if necessary—to protect the Earth from calamity for the sake of their children and grandchildren."
In his debut, a leading climatologist lambasts world governments for their ineffectual response to the dangers of global warming. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 10, 2012

"A novel prescription for America's medical establishment."
Hansen's debut looks at America's health care system, describing its problems and offering solutions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RUFFEN by Tor Age Bringsvaerd
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Ruffen's not quite another Little Toot, but younger readers will be pleased to see his fortitude properly recognized. (Picture book. 7-8)"
A small sea serpent becomes a big hero in this mildly offbeat Norwegian import. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"An important addition to library collections and classroom units. (foreword, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Silent stone faces on a tunnel wall in Syracuse. Read full book review >

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RUFFEN by Tor Age Bringsvaerd
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Still, the nonending of an ending will disappoint readers who have grown fond of Ruffen and his pals. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Having gained natatorial prowess (Ruffen: The Sea Serpent Who Couldn't Swim, 2008), little Ruffen's ready to explore the world, and when his Aunt Nessie invites him for a visit, off he goes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1994

"Still, a solid account of one woman's remarkable physical and moral endurance."
Ross (Journalism/Northwestern; Escape to Shanghai, not reviewed) tells the story of Wen Zangde (1900-88), whose extraordinary life mirrored the vicissitudes of 20th-century Chinese history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A mosaic that is less colorful and titillating than one might imagine, but rewarding in its reminder of the deep roots of the sexual revolution. (32 pages color photos, not seen)"

BOOK REVIEW

BLOOD ALONE by James R. Benn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Another bracing cocktail of period action with a whodunit chaser from the increasingly authoritative Benn."
In war-torn Sicily, a sleuthing soldier risks life and limb to crack a baffling mystery. Read full book review >

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THE REST IS SILENCE by James R. Benn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Billy's ninth case moves a bit too deliberately and may have too many red herrings, but his whiz-bang first-person narrative keeps the story afloat, and its Greatest Generation plot gives it an appealing sense of nostalgia."
An unidentified corpse on the southwest coast of England throws a wrench into D-Day planning. Can Capt. Billy Boyle identify the victim and crack the case? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2012

"Barrett's vast knowledge illuminates 'America's first ethnic group.'"
Barrett (History and African-American Studies/Univ. of Illinois; William Z. Foster and the Tragedy of American Radicalism, 2000, etc.) explores the influence of Irish immigrants on nearly every aspect of American society. Read full book review >