Search Results: "James W. Davis"


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Sacred Leadership: Leading for the Greatest Good by James W. Davis
Released: June 8, 2012

"A valuable work on a relevant, appealing leadership style."
A manual for leadership focused on community values. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1992

"A fair-minded and balanced report, backed by extensive research."
Davis—coauthor of Kelley (1987), the autobiography of former FBI director Clarence M. Kelley—delves into the FBI's secret counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO), which from 1956 to 1971 aimed to stifle dissent among domestic radical groups. J. Edgar Hoover, Davis explains, obtained a vast charter for the FBI to monitor domestic intelligence when FDR signed a special directive just prior to WW II, and managed to get the National Security Council to expand the FBI's portfolio in this arena in 1956. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 30, 1997

"Nelson Blackstock's Cointelpro (not reviewed) and Davis's own earlier book cover much of this ground, but this well-researched study is a welcome investigation of political corruption in the supposed service of Americanism."
A sad chronicle of the government's spying on citizens exercising their First Amendment rights. Read full book review >

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FRONTIER ILLINOIS by James E. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"This deft synthesis of existing knowledge is likely to become the standard modern history of Illinois. (13 b&w photos, 5 maps, not seen.)"
A comprehensive, readable history of this distinctive prairie state before the Civil War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Swift, simple, unremarkable. (9 maps, 4 line illustrations)"
A brisk and cheerfully traditional trip through our history, from Homo erectus to George W. Bush. Read full book review >

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GONE WILD by James W. Hall
Released: March 21, 1995

"Great dialogue and enough kick in the details to make you forget or forgive the slick damsels-and-other-primates-in- distress scenario. (Author tour)"
Florida adventurer/avenger Dick Thorn, who seems to have lost his first name for good since Mean High Tide (1994), goes up against poachers bent on wiping out whatever endangered specimens they can't capture. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2002

"Laid-back and quite competent, if not consistently soul-stirring, certainly well-enough executed to be enjoyed in the shade with the sound of the surf not far away."
From the South Florida School of American Literature, home to both Ernest Hemingway and Dave Barry, comes hard-working Hall: erstwhile poet, current thriller-writer, and sometime English teacher here undertaking a new form. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Although Loewen often is entertaining, he presents both an indictment that rings true and an eloquent call to action. (40 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A decade and a half ago, in America Revised, Frances FitzGerald demonstrated that widely used school textbooks presented simplistic, fatuous, and often inaccurate versions of American history. Read full book review >

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HEART OF STONE by James W. Ziskin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Ziskin plants clues so conscientiously that most readers will beat the heroine to the killer. What makes this case stand apart is its sensitively nuanced evocation of the conflicts that swirl around the artsy Jewish milieu of the early 1960s."
Upstate reporter Ellie Stone's perfect 1961 Adirondack vacation is spoiled by everything from a skinny-dipping aunt to a pair of deaths that may or may not be accidental. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2013

"Not terribly revelatory, but most readers will likely pick up some practical tips."
In this debut memoir, Murphy offers lessons gleaned from his successful sales career. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Essential reading for psychotherapists and readers interested in the connection between language and human behavior, emotion and perception."
A comprehensive investigation of how our words—what we say and how we say it—reveal important insights about our behavior, emotions and personalities. Read full book review >