Search Results: "Kai Bird"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GOOD SPY by Kai Bird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"A low-key, respectful life of a decent American officer whose quietly significant work helped lead to the Oslo Accords."
A poignant tribute to a CIA Middle East operative who helped get the Palestinians and Israelis to talk to each other—and died for it. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 2010

"If one person's story can shed light on a larger history, Bird's memoir carries many excellent lessons."
A wise, intimate memoir about growing up the son of an American foreign-service officer in the Middle East, from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bird (co-author, American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Though somewhat biased toward a leftist view of American foreign policy, this biography scrupulously and compellingly details how two pillars of the American establishment struggled, often unsuccessfully, to balance conscience against power in the nuclear age."
A probing, ultimately critical dual biography of the Boston Brahmin brothers who helped plunge America into the Vietnam quagmire as members of the JFK-LBJ —best and brightest.— Bred to esteem public service by father Harvey (an assistant to Henry Stimson in the Hoover and FDR administrations), William and McGeorge Bundy seemed natural choices when John Kennedy appointed them, respectively, assistant secretary of defense and national security adviser. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Despite a paucity of personal detail, the absorbing text (ten years in preparation) will likely be the definitive life story for decades to come."
In a 1962 spoof for Esquire, Richard Rovere quoted John Kenneth Galbraith as deeming John J. McCloy ``chairman of the US Establishment''—but McCloy has never been the subject of a full- dress biography. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Their purpose is not to apportion blame, to point fingers, but rather to allow us to look at our history and perhaps gain what is often so elusive: wisdom. (8 b&w photos)"
An exhaustive, controversial, and moving volume that has its origins in the Smithsonian Institution's cancellation of a planned exhibition in 1994—95 of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2005

"A swiftly moving narrative full of morality tales and juicy gossip. One of the best scientific biographies to appear in recent years."
The second greatest scientific mind of the atomic era gets respectful but revealing treatment by political journalist Bird (The Color of Truth, 1998) and literary scholar Sherwin (A World Destroyed, 1975). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIRD by Beatriz Martin Vidal
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An (av)i(a)nvitation to wonder. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This wordless picture book invites readers to make meaning of its mysterious characters' flights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KAI TO THE RESCUE! by Audrey Penn
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An oft-told tale in fire-truck form. It's earnest, but it fizzles. (Picture book. 3-6)"
When a tiny green-and-white pumper joins the fire crew, the captain truck doubts his abilities. Read full book review >

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BIRD by Noy Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"An admirable tour de force of imagery and linguistic pyrotechnics, but the endless talk about passion eventually pours cold water over the initial fiery energy, turning a novel about heightened emotions into a trudge."
In this brief, fiercely erotic novel, a woman who appears enveloped in conventional domesticity clings to memories of the dangerously bohemian life she shared with her former lover. Read full book review >

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BIRD by Crystal Chan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Though it loses momentum halfway through, the strong opening bodes well for future endeavors. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jewel Campbell's life began the day her older brother John's tragically ended, a coincidence that's shaped and shadowed her family since. Read full book review >

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BIRD by Rita Murphy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"While even precocious child readers may not hear them, they will adore the setting, Miranda's soaring, literary voice and the dreamy fantasy-meets-reality plot. (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Bird-light Miranda has been lifted by the wind only to be grounded near the beach of Bourne Manor, where she is found by the owner's hounds. Read full book review >