Search Results: "Jules Witcover"


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NO WAY TO PICK A PRESIDENT by Jules Witcover
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A nice contribution, but Witcover is chronicling an apathy-generating system his efforts are unlikely to overcome."
A pleasantly informative look at a depressingly familiar topic. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Witcover is not often deeply reflective—not until the final chapter—and some passages have a cut-and-paste character, but his intimate accounts of American politics over the past 50 years are always engaging, ever intelligent."
A veteran political journalist narrates his journey from typewriter to Internet, from JFK to GWB. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"We'll see, come 2004. In the meanwhile, a useful primer."
Right in time for the 2004 campaign: a sprawling, capable history of a party that, like its opposition (see Lewis Gould's Grand Old Party, above), has long had trouble deciding just what its politics are. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 1997

"As an overview of 1968, several books, notably Stephen Spender's The Year of the Young Rebels and Todd Gitlin's The Sixties, cover the same ground, and much better."
An overblown snapshot of a tumultuous year. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Horror, farce, and tragedy—in one vivid, if not particularly enlightening, package."
From John Adams to Dan Quayle, the vice-presidency seems the best refutation of the theory of evolution. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN VICE PRESIDENCY by Jules Witcover
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Extremely impressive research informs this valuable book of American history."
A veteran journalist who has published copiously about the vice presidency offers an exhaustive survey. Read full book review >

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RUPERT CAN DANCE by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A happy romp for terpsichorean cat lovers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A feline and his girl become a dancing duo. Read full book review >

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THE CHILDREN OF MICRONESIA by Jules Hermes
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 1994

"Brief pronunciation guide; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
The thousands of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines have a total land mass smaller than Rhode Island's. Read full book review >

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THE MAN IN THE CEILING by Jules Feiffer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1993

"Wordy—like being buttonholed by a witty, but garrulous, raconteur—but fun. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In his first children's book, a noted cartoonist and playwright wisely essays what he's always done best—a satirical, somewhat jaundiced take on the contemporary human condition, exemplified here by aspiring cartoonist Jimmy Jibbett and his family. Read full book review >

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A ROOM WITH A ZOO by Jules Feiffer
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Children and adults alike will appreciate everything from over-the-top slapstick fiascos to Julie's wonderfully funny, insightful observations of pet-human and human-human dynamics. (Fiction. 7-10)"
"I have a zoo in my room. I need it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"House Beautiful, Utne Reader, and 75 others. (b&w photos, index, not seen) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Archer (A House Divided, 1994, etc.) offers brief biographies of four people he considers "central to the American Environmental Movement" along with succinct coverage of the history of that movement. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 4, 1993

"In the Iona and Peter Opie Library of Children's Literature series, with an introduction by Iona Opie. (Fiction. 10+)"
The first English translation of a story in which a rat family makes its way up the evolutionary (and social) ladder from oyster to human—through ``transmigrations of souls''—under the auspices of good fairy Firmenta (i.e., the heavens) and villain Gardafour (``guard the furnace'': hellfire). Read full book review >