Search Results: "Jon Meacham"


BOOK REVIEW

DESTINY AND POWER by Jon Meacham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A revealing biography that should serve as the starting point for future evaluations of the 41st president."
An admiring life of the president who navigated the end game of the Cold War and stood up to Saddam Hussein. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON by Jon Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Choosing to cover every aspect of Jefferson's life without exploring any particular part in depth makes this an engaging, informative introduction but does not make it stand out among many others that do the same. (extensive backmatter, not seen for review) (Biography. 10-16)"
In this adaptation for young readers of his Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power (2012), Meacham overviews Jefferson's life, times and ideas.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"A pleasant walk over very familiar ground. (b&w photos throughout.)"
Admiring, even romantic chronicle of the Anglo-American leaders' warm personal relationship before and during WWII. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2000

"A highly satisfying compendium that shines a welcome light onto the troubles of the present day."
Essays and newspaper articles on the civil-rights movement, written mostly in the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"An outstanding biography that reveals an overlooked steeliness at Jefferson's core that accounts for so much of his political success."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer lauds the political genius of Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICAN LION by Jon Meacham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2008

"Succinct, engaging portrait of Jackson, his circle and his influence."
Newsweek editor Meacham makes a solid case that the war-hero president was largely responsible for expanding the power of the executive branch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SOMERSET by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Meacham's fans—and she has many—will be glad for this prequel."
Of teary eyes and torn crinoline: an appropriately big Texas saga by homegrown romance maven Meacham (Tumbleweeds, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 2007

"A much-needed glossary at the back defines some of the colorful and consistently used fairy slang. (Fantasy. 8-11)"
This sequel to A Mid-Semester Night's Dream (2004) takes a humorous yet recognizable look at young teens' trials, tribulations and friendships. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MID-SEMESTER NIGHT’S DREAM by Margaret Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2004

"But again, the anti-climactic final chapters suffer from over-explanation, awkward prose, and a missing charm that plagues the first half like the goofed-up love spells plaguing the fictional romances. (Fiction. 10-13)"
William Shakespeare's magical love mix-up, A Midsummer Night's Dream, becomes an essentially un-enchanting send-up for middle-graders in this contemporary, hi-lo reader interpretation. Read full book review >

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QUIET! YOU’RE INVISIBLE by Margaret Meacham
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Not quite another Little Prince, perhaps, but young sitcom fans will be heartily amused. (Fiction. 10-12)"
An invisible friend from the 31st century turns out to be less help against the bully next door than a hopeful fifth-grader would like in this entertaining floater from the author of Oyster Moon (1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROSES by Leila Meacham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 2010

"A suitably long and intermittently engaging descendant of such Southern-fried epics as Gone with the Wind and Giant—just the thing for genre fans with time to spare."
The Wars of the Roses relocate to America as a struggle between the Toliver and Warwick families, descended respectively from the houses of Lancaster and York. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"And his rock throwing at various friends of the tiger will get him nothing but a sour reputation—though his heart is in the right place."
How has the tiger come by its sorry endangered status, and what are its odds for survival? Read full book review >