Search Results: "Kai Bird"


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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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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 >

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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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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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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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MY SECOND LIFE by Faye Bird
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A page-turning mystery with a spot-on emotional core. (author's note) (Mystery. 14 & up)"
A teen living her second life is haunted by having killed someone in her first. Read full book review >

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FUNNY GIRL by Betsy Bird
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"Whether these live up to the subtitle's claim of 'funniest stories ever' is subjective, but the lighthearted array will surely appeal to a wide audience. (Anthology. 9-13)"
The 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips in this entertaining anthology are meant to prove that females can be funny, and they succeed. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: May 8, 2007

"Even scurvy lubbers will hoist a mizzen for this merry yarn. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Shiver me timbers, Meyer's back with another firecracker freebooting fantasy. Read full book review >

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FALL by Kai Maristed
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

"But, unfortunately, it deals with such a small sporting universe that it runs the risk of eluding the notice it deserves."
Snappy stylist Maristed (Out After Dark, 1993) shows herself to be a scathing sociologist—if a less than thrilling mystery writer—in this occasionally romantic fictional exposÇ of the world of show jumping. Read full book review >

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BROKEN GROUND by Kai Maristed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Fine prose can't make up for poor pacing and a disjointed plot objective."
The talented Maristed (Out After Dark, 1993, etc.) stumbles with a plodding third novel set against the changing face of 20th-century Berlin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 1994

"Unfortunately, Erikson, who often testifies in litigation cases involving trauma, leaves the reader frustrated and ultimately dissatisfied by his failure to bring up to date his report and conclusions on the communities examined."
Erikson (Sociology/Yale) expands his earlier examination of communities under stress (Everything in Its Path, 1977) in an attempt to define a new kind of trauma that those victimized by man-made disasters now face. Read full book review >