Search Results: "James Webb"


BOOK REVIEW

I HEARD MY COUNTRY CALLING by James Webb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"An eloquent military memoir in which the author seems to be grooming for his next move: What will it be?"
Former Virginia senator Webb (A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America, 2008, etc.) employs hard lessons from his own life to explain his reasons for not seeking re-election in 2012. Read full book review >

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THE EMPEROR'S GENERAL by James Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 1999

"Despite a lumbering opening and some plummy prose, Webb (Something to Die For, 1991, etc.) makes winning the Japanese peace look every bit as challenging and tragic as winning the war. (film rights to Scott Rudin/Paramount; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; $150,000 ad/promo budget; author tour)"
A worm's-eye fable of how Machiavellian General Douglas MacArthur, having won the war in the Pacific, goes on to wage peace against his subtle former adversaries. Read full book review >

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LOST SOLDIERS by James Webb
Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"Vividly atmospheric settings steal the show from Webb's meandering story as Condley visits old soldiers from both sides of the conflict, united in their inexplicable love for Vietnam."
The author of Fields of Fire (not reviewed), one of the best Vietnam War novels ever, sends a fictional ex-Marine to contemporary Vietnam to hunt down a murderous deserter. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"But there's plenty of good information and interpretation, amplifying David Hackett Fischer's indispensable Albion's Seed (1989) and Arthur Herman's How the Scots Invented the Modern World (2001)."
Pugnacious, bibulous, restless, pious: the Scots-Irish have fueled stereotypes and filled the White House, to say nothing of the ranks of the military. Read full book review >

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SOMETHING TO DIE FOR by James Webb
Released: Feb. 19, 1990

Ancient enmities, political posturing, military ambition, presidential indecision, and cabinet-level perfidy—all combine to light off a nasty brushfire war on the Horn of Africa. Read full book review >

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TANKA TANKA SKUNK! by Steve Webb
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2004

"The amusing animal expressions, bright palette in summery shades, and hand-lettered text in bold black letters add to the overall appeal. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Tanka the elephant and Skunka the skunk are the stars of this humorous animal-identification story that uses rhythm and rhyme to establish the concept of rhythmic beats. Read full book review >

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LOOKING FOR SEABIRDS by Sophie Webb
ANIMALS
Released: April 22, 2004

Readers take an Alaskan cruise in this follow-up to Sibert Honor winner My Season with Penguins (2000). Read full book review >

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MY SEASON WITH PENGUINS by Sophie Webb
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"The lack of an index limits the usefulness of the title for school assignments, but science enthusiasts will enjoy this attractively illustrated look at science at work. (glossary) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Webb, an ornithologist and artist, describes and illustrates her two-month stay at the bottom of the world, studying a breeding colony of Adélie penguins on Cape Royds, an island off the coast of Antarctica. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF LANGUAGES by Mick Webb
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"Eurocentric, not to mention overly ambitious—but being able to say some variant of 'Not so hot' in Belarus, Brazil or any point between has to count for something. (index) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
With just a bit of practice children will come away from this quick but sweeping linguistic look-see able to exchange greetings and a "How are you doing?" with anyone (almost) anywhere in the world. Read full book review >

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ELVIS AND THE MEMPHIS MAMBO MURDERS by Peggy Webb
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Every inch as gruelingly cute as Elvis and the Grateful Dead (2009). It's enough to make the most diehard Elvis fans switch to Barry Manilow."
An anthropomorphic reincarnation of Elvis sidelines a murderer. Read full book review >