Search Results: "John B. Alexander"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2011

"Not the most thrilling book on the subject, but certainly among the most clear-sighted."
A hardnosed look at the UFO phenomenon by an ex-military weapons researcher. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1993

"Brook's lively, unsentimental account of how he struggled against the odds to abide by this demanding credo makes for an engaging and entertaining, if cautionary, tale. (Maps, eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
The gritty memoir of a rugged individualist whose 20-year stint as proprietor of a debt-burdened community newspaper in coastal Maine was soul-satisfying—if less than idyllic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Foreword by Tom Clancy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A theoretical and practical overview of the current and future uses of "nonlethal" weapons (many of which have the potential to be quite deadly) by a retired US Army colonel who spearheaded research into such weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Read full book review >

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SKYSCRAPERS by John B. Severance
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 15, 2000

"Black-and-white exterior images of buildings do not do it. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
This informative history of modern skyscrapers may not attract many young readers. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"A rich and delightful feast from an old master."
Seventeen tales from Keane (An Irish Christmas Feast, 2002, etc.), the late and much-lamented Kerry saloonkeeper who was perhaps one of Ireland's best storytellers since Sean O'Faolain. Read full book review >

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AN IRISH CHRISTMAS FEAST by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Corny, trite, and delightful: tales sure to delight anyone who has ever cried over a good rendition of 'Danny Boy'—or passed out at a Pogues concert."
Enough Christmas stories—52 in all—to last the whole year long, each one generously laced with classic Keane blarney (An Irish Christmas, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Dunlop's contentiousness makes this a more likely spur to specialist debate than a generalist's definitive guide to the Soviet Union's demise."
A methodical and painstaking—if highly opinionated—analysis of the figures, factions, and forces that contributed to the implosion of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 23, 1999

"Severance sets forth Einstein's contradictions as a man, but readers will appreciate this thinker's role in constructing the framework of modern physics and extending science's information on the universe. (b&w photos, chronology, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
This is a thoughtful and well-written biography of Einstein, a complicated man whose life and work Severance (Thomas Jefferson, 1998, etc.) chronicles clearly and firmly. Read full book review >

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BRAVING THE FIRE by John B. Severance
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2002

"Still, a carefully told story about this period of time is always welcome and it is to be hoped that Jem's story will be continued. (Fiction. 10-12)"
When he is 15 or 16, Jem Bridwell marches off to the Civil War in search of "the glory" he believes battle brings to warriors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Although Judis cuts a wide swath through the political right, his principal targets are greed and self-interest, two persistent and pervasive enemies of American democracy."
The senior editor of the New Republic (Grand Illusion: Critics and Champions of the American Century, 1992, etc.) wonders how we can "strengthen our institutions" when they are so firmly in the grip of "vested interests.— Surveying the American landscape, Judis identifies a variety of problems that threaten our political integrity. Read full book review >