Search Results: "James R. Simmons"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A sterling contribution to the ongoing discussion of what this country might or should become."
Deft and detailed defense of government activism to alleviate poverty and extreme inequality in the US. Read full book review >

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THE COMPANY OF CHILDREN by James Simmons
Released: April 17, 2000

"After 30 years of practice one would hope for a few more tricks."
Self-styled doyen of Irish poetry, Simmons (Mainstream, 1994) continues to experiment with a variety of verse forms: his latest book features long and short poems, several songs, and a sestina. 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)"

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 1994

"Well-written and engaging, the book will appeal to those interested in politics and military history."
A compelling and well-argued study of presidential leadership in time of war. Read full book review >

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CROSSCURRENTS by James R. Babb
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"But there are pleasures ample enough here, conveyed with an infectious love of the sport."
A fireside collection of fly-fishing pieces, touched with—but not drowned in—folksy wisdom and whimsy, from Gray's Sporting Journal editor and columnist Babb. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"An engrossing account of America's path to disaster, with Eisenhower's commitment to Indochina and Ho's growing disaffection with the US set in expert counterpoint."
Thorough, thoughtful history of America's road to Vietnam, by Arnold (Bantam History of the Vietnam War—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 2009

"A reasonably argued work that delivers needed insight and historical precedent to the current war debate."
Military historian Arnold (Crisis in the Snows: Russia Confronts Napoleon: The Eylau Campaign 1806-1807, 2007, etc.) studies past insurgency responses to help clarify the U.S. efforts in Iraq. 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

THE DEVOURING by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Benn's 12th World War II mystery keeps the action coming, with a nifty whodunit chaser."
A doughboy detective hunting for hidden Nazi gold solves a murder puzzle in the process. 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 >