Search Results: "John B. Severance"


BOOK REVIEW

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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GANDHI by John B. Severance
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1997

"An inspirational life by any measure, movingly told. (b&w photos, map, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10+)"
Severance (Winston Churchill, 1996) not only relates the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi in this biography, but eloquently conveys the ``Great Soul's'' philosophy to a new generation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

A thorough and sympathetic biography; Severance (Gandhi, 1997, etc.) focuses on the early education of Thomas Jefferson, especially on his sister Jane's encouragement of his interest in music and books. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 18, 1996

"A crisp, open design features well-chosen, effectively placed black-and-white photographs that make this very readable work even more accessible. (bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
An extraordinary biography of a fascinating, larger-than-life man; Severance's first book is a carefully organized, inclusive, balanced, and affectionate portrait of a man whose public life stretched over half a century. 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 >

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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 >

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The Road to Self by John B. Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Sincere, valuable insights from a self-improving businessman."
A property manager and developer shares his journey to a more enlightened view of business and life in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

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THE BODHRAN MAKERS by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"A thorough, pained, loving account of a lost world—with the novel itself an act of cultural survival."
Poverty and the Church-led attack on Celtic traditions force 1950's Irish farmers into exile—in a rich, poignant if occasionally heavy-handed novel (first published in 1986 in Ireland) from Keane, who writes a column for the New York-based Irish Echo. Read full book review >