Search Results: "John C. Orndorff"


BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2007

Effective at putting readers into a proper frame of mind, if not so useful as a handbook for emergencies, this offering of general, commonsense advice covers terrorist actions, criminal activities at home or school and a selection of natural disasters from hurricanes to the more localized likes of mudslides and flash floods. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Altogether, a pleasing memoir, with many lessons in practical leadership and public duty."
A business executive and diplomat recalls a long life of service, including recent work, post-9/11, as head of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. Read full book review >

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WRONG TAILS by John C. Horst
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A quirky tale of tails with an endearing narrator whom young girls would love to befriend."
In this middle-grade fable, an intelligent and empathetic preteen is enlisted to help a mermaid fix her "wrong tail." Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 24, 2012

"Astonishing stuff that leaves readers with plenty of work to do."
Second installment of Wright's ferociously dense and convoluted far-future space opera involving hyperintelligence, aliens and artificial evolution (Count to a Trillion, 2011). Warning up front: read the first book first. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A hackle-raising book about nature and human nature, venality and justice, and how disasters—before, during, and after—sharply mirror society."
How the most significant deleterious factor in natural disasters may be the human element. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"An eye-opening, even-keeled theory offering hope to those who disagree."
A business management expert explains that disagreements and conflicts are not the products of good versus evil but of differences in how individuals prioritize what he calls the Eight Great Goods. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2006

"A worthwhile volume for classrooms and libraries, and a solid entry point for those interested in learning more about African-American contributions to history."
A compendium of questions and answers about African-American cultural history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE by John C. Havens
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"An astute philosophical meditation on a major problem facing designers of advanced computers."
As artificial intelligence becomes increasingly essential to our lives, a steady stream of books is expressing delight or dismay. In this thoughtful addition to the genre, Mashable and Guardian contributing editor Havens warns that we have ignored an essential feature of machine thinking: its ethics.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2003

"An eminently instructive guide for law students, and for general readers an authentic version of a world they normally see only through the meretricious lens of TV courtroom dramas."
In his impeccably detailed memoir, trial lawyer Tucker (May God Have Mercy, 1997) takes readers through some of the most celebrated and notorious courtroom dramas of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Unlikely to impress jaded Lincoln devotees, but sure to charm newcomers."
Waugh (On the Brink of Civil War: The Compromise of 1850 and How It Changed the Course of American History, 2003, etc.), a Civil War historian and former bureau chief of the Christian Science Monitor, offers a lively biography of the Great Emancipator, from birth to first inauguration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE MARGIN by John C. Boland
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 1995

"Richard's second case (Rich Man's Blood, 1993) should do best with people who skip the O.J. headlines and go straight for the financial pages."
No good deed goes unpunished. Read full book review >