Search Results: "John P. Stanley"


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MICKEY PRICE by John P. Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"An adventure punctuated with moments of hilarity and suspense but overall as thin as the interplanetary vacuum. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
In a tale that requires not just the suspension of disbelief, but expulsion of prejudice, NASA sends a group of 1970s fifth-graders to the moon on a secret mission. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 1997

A sympathetic biography that seems undecided whether to focus on Sherman the warrior or Sherman the family man. Read full book review >

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GENERAL PATTON by Stanley P. Hirshson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Hirshorn's highly useful reevaluation will be of particular interest to students of modern military history."
A sprawling life of the brilliant but very nasty American general known by his soldiers as "Old Blood and Guts." Read full book review >

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GEORGE MARSHALL by Debi Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A yeoman's effort in service of an admirable subject in need of more good studies about him."
A biography of George Marshall (1880-1959) focusing on the general's overall decency rather than his strategic brilliance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"Like its predecessors, this volume is demanding but essential reading for anyone interested in the ever-fascinating, never-ending quest for the historical Jesus."
The latest installment (the third of a promised four) of priest-professor Meier's monumental inquiry into the historical Jesus of Nazareth (Volume II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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SLOW WALK IN A SAD RAIN by John P. McAfee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"As fiction, it's well- meaning, occasionally original, but mostly derivative."
A first novel, set at a Special Forces camp in the Laotian jungle, that tries to do for Vietnam what Vonnegut did for WW II, though McAfee's style—one-sentence paragraphs displayed ad nauseam—is merely choppy instead of stoic or absurdist. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"What it lacks in specifics, it makes up in insight."
A wide-ranging primer for understanding and strengthening the inner life. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The rest is history of the best kind—both highly entertaining and informative. (photos, not seen)"
A rip-roaring adventure yarn lies at the heart of this recently discovered autobiography. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"A bio that verges on hagiography and lacks the saving grace of practicable precepts."
A singularly uncritical and sketchy briefing on Konosuke Matsushita from a Harvard Business School professor whose stated intention is to showcase his subject's extraordinary achievements as object lessons for those who aspire to leadership positions in any endeavor. Read full book review >

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THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN by John P. Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A well-crafted story hampered by insufficient character growth."
Uneven thriller about the assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico prior to World War II. Read full book review >

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Doorway To Your Dreams by John P. Goetz
MYSTERY THRILLER

"A thriller with a touch of the supernatural and a rock-solid pace."
In Goetz's (Souls of Megiddo, Book 1: The Caretakers, 2012, etc.) thriller, a depraved doctor abducts a man with special abilities to turn his powers into a weapon. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"A useful handbook, then, for those who run down the middle of the road."
A middling treatise on the virtues of centrism, "putting patriotism before partisanship and the national interest before special interests." Read full book review >