Search Results: "James Tobin"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2003

"A meticulous account of the grinding, day-to-day advances and setbacks, but also infected with the sheer wonder of taking wing. (Photos)"
Kitty Hawk was just the beginning for the Wright brothers, explains NBCC Award-winner Tobin (Ernie Pyle's War, 1997) in his history of their first flight and ensuing efforts to make flying practical and profitable. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"A fine addition to the sparse library of engineering histories."
Eight great American engineering achievements will be the subject of a major PBS series in 2002. Traditionally, publishers commission a densely illustrated coffee-table book to accompany such a show: here, happily, is a superior example of the genre. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Tobin's account is a balanced tribute to the quintessential war correspondent: In his ability to make war come alive and at the same time show its human side, Pyle was never to be bettered by any of the generation of war correspondents that followed."
From Detroit News reporter Tobin, the definitive biography of this country's great WW II war correspondent. Read full book review >

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THE MAN HE BECAME by James Tobin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Medical history, physical and psychological stress, and human ambition are the prominent strands in this rich narrative carpet."
A winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award (Ernie Pyle's War, 1997) returns with an account of Franklin Roosevelt's struggles with polio and how they shaped his political career. Read full book review >

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CONCLAVE by Greg Tobin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2001

"Heavy, heavy on Church politics, tons of descriptive padding—and just the ticket for a wide-eyed audience."
Tobin (The Wisdom of St. Patrick, not reviewed) speculates about what might happen when a conclave gathers in Rome to elect a new pope. Read full book review >

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ICE LAND by Betsy Tobin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Large themes translated into a choppy, conventional, romantic but readable tangle of stories."
Tobin (Bone House, 2001) combines Norse mythology, the coming of Christianity and a forbidden love story in a lyrical but overstuffed tribute to Icelandic history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"An upbeat survey of a decent, likable modern leader."
A sincere, adoring look at the life and legacy of the humanist pope who helped modernize the Catholic Church with the convening of Vatican II. Read full book review >

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BONE HOUSE by Betsy Tobin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"All the characters, however—even the self-revealing narrator—hold themselves too warily at arm's length from each other, and indeed from themselves, to keep this first novel from succeeding as a psychological study à la Mary Reilly."
The death of a local prostitute holds up a mirror to a 17th-century English village. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING PERSON by Brian Tobin
Released: July 19, 1994

"Nothing in Tobin's lightweight first novel The Ransom (1991) could have prepared you for this somber, moving tale—a must for movie fans who liked The Vanishing or thought it didn't get far enough into its tiny, haunted cast."
Ever since Willy Buchanan first saw Janine Smith back in high school, their wholesome, banal life together seemed like an impossible dream, and now that they've dropped out of college and gotten engaged, it's abruptly turned into a nightmare: Janine has vanished from their Hudson Valley hamlet—gone to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, as a little bit of detective work by a policeman also smitten with her shows. Read full book review >

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COUNCIL by Greg Tobin
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Plenty of description and Church background material, but still a gripping read as words march for their presold audience."
Timothy John Cardinal Mulrennan returns (Conclave (2001)—and gets elected Pope. Read full book review >

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AMONG MEN by Tobin Siebers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 1999

"Although frustratingly inconsistent, Siebers provides moments of dazzling insight conveyed in lustrous prose; such moments, mostly in the book's first half, make this a worthwhile read."
An intermittently brilliant but uneven series of 36 mini-meditations on boyhood, manhood, and fatherhood. Read full book review >

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THE RANSOM by Brian Tobin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An entertaining How To Kidnap primer with no extra parts."
Thoughtful, articulate ex-con Baker Wyatt, dreaming of the Big Score despite his budding romance with art director Vickie Travis, joins forces with car thief Tony Ramputti and pickpocket Hector Herraro to kidnap NY mobster Tito Benitez, who's one tough cookie. Read full book review >