Search Results: "John H. Davis"


BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HENRY DAVIS by Munro Leaf
Released: Sept. 9, 1940

"The moral of the story is this:-'Being tough is only another way of being awfully dumb and cheating yourself out of a lot of fun.'"
I suppose there is no use pointing out the fact that this isn't tops for Munro Leaf, that it is a poor title and a bad format, and a very obviously moral tale about a boy that was just too good and a boy that was just too bad. Read full book review >

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Released: July 8, 1992

"Stick to the high ground of the original instead."
Sequelmania strikes again as Haire-Sargeant presumes upon Emily Brontâ's stark, strange masterpiece, delivering a story that achieves a slight success as a literary pastiche but never becomes a satisfying work of fiction in its own right. Read full book review >

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H by Elizabeth Shepard
Released: April 1, 1995

"The impulse to utilize an innovative form is admirable, but the results are unfortunately shoddy."
This slim fictional collection of letters from, to, and about a disturbed 12-year-old boy reads more like a writing-class assignment than a debut novel. Read full book review >

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JACQUELINE BOUVIER by John H. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 1996

"Although the broad outlines of Jacqueline Bouvier's childhood are familiar, Davis's memories add details that will help readers better understand this most celebrated, most mysterious woman."
Nothing more to learn about Jackie O.? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"An authoritative overview of the nation's premier criminal organization, and of the greed and hubris that have toppled its leaders time and again. (Photos—16 pp.—not seen.)"
When the feds nailed John Gotti earlier this year, they decapitated a crime syndicate that, according to Davis (Mafia Kingfish, 1988, etc.), numbers perhaps 500 ``soldiers'' and thousands of associates, and nets at least $500 million annually. Read full book review >

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MILES DAVIS by Ron Frankl
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

A superb short biography in the Black Americans of Achievement series. Read full book review >

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BETTE DAVIS by David Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2010

"Indispensable additions to any American film library."
The stars shine bright in this series of brief biographies of four of classic Hollywood's most enduring icons. Read full book review >

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BETTE DAVIS by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Excellent especially on Davis's tics and mannerisms and how they undermined her ferocious energy and greater possibilities. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
Strong, honest, vivid biography of a colossal egoist, by the author of distinguished lives of Rita Hayworth (If This Was Happiness, 1989), Orson Welles, and Roman Polanski. Read full book review >

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Released: March 20, 2012

"A thorough treatment from an atheistic perspective, with numerous examples but few original hypotheses."
Luce sets out to explain why only science and logic are reliable guides for morality. Read full book review >

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JEFFERSON DAVIS by William C. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1991

"A dispassionate, well-researched, and skillful biography of a complex and controversial figure. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A fine, objective portrait in paradox, shrewdly detailing how Jefferson Davis's character flaws rendered him woefully unsuited to be President of the Confederacy. Read full book review >