Search Results: "James S. Olson"


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 >

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: Jan. 3, 2000

"A heady yarn of sports, celebrity, racism, crime, justice, and redemption. (Author tour)"
Former reporter Hirsch spins a riveting, straight-ahead account of one of the great miscarriages of justice in the history of American criminal law, and the fight to overturn it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2002

"Absorbing and horrendous at the same time: an important contribution to American history."
A journalist's painstaking recounting of a bloody urban race riot that was covered up for decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"At that point, this book will become either an important introduction to a new approach to American democracy or an interesting footnote to a failed experiment."
An extended briefing paper on a nationally televised ``deliberative poll'' scheduled for early 1996. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Far too arcane and cumbersome to enthrall most fans of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, but deserves a place on the lengthening shelf of books about the influential Rand's accomplishments and character."
In the "heroic-capitalist" novelist's centenary year, prosecuting attorney Valliant skillfully cross-examines two previous biographers' accounts of her tumultuous love affair with a younger man. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 1997

"Revisionist military history of a high order. (40 illustrations, not seen)"
A scholar's eye-opening appraisal of Germany's air forces from the postWW I era through the early stages of WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WRONG CARLOS by James S. Liebman
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2014

"Death penalty opponents now have a definitive example to cite; death penalty proponents have an agonizing case to consider."
A Columbia Law School professor and some of his students gather and present evidence establishing the innocence of Carlos DeLuna, executed for murder in Texas in 1989. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIE MAYS by James S. Hirsch
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Well-researched and fluid, but tendentious and tunnel-visioned."
An admiring—at times even worshipful—portrait of one of baseball's greatest players, whose on-field exploits were astonishing but whose inner life remains largely hidden. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Land of REM by James S. Earl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"A set of bedtime stories for adults that, much like their childhood counterparts, should leave the reader asking for more."
Earl brings dreams, history, and beliefs together across time and space in this debut short story collection, a selection of literary fantasy tales. Read full book review >