Search Results: "Ken Silverstein"


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PRIVATE WARRIORS by Ken Silverstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A four-star tale of government and industry running amuck."
An engaging look at the arms trade and the military-industrial complex in the post-Cold War era. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2004

"A preposterous story kept in check by a restrained (if incredulous) voice and by situating it within the folderol of the Cold War nuclear fraternity."
A wildly improbable tale of a Boy Scout out to win a merit badge by building a leaky breeder reactor, told with steady grace and enveloping dread. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Readable and well-reported, though openly partisan."
Harper's Washington editor Silverstein (The Radioactive Boy Scout, 2004, etc.) takes an informative, smart-alecky look at the lengths to which lobbying firms will go to get clients. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET WORLD OF OIL by Ken Silverstein
NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2014

"The book's revelations make Wall Street corruption seem tame by comparison."
Energy journalist Silverstein's study of the routinely corrupt but immensely profitable world of oil "fixers." Read full book review >

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LEARNING ABOUT AIDS by Alvin Silverstein
Released: Feb. 1, 1989

Trying to involve readers, the authors begin by inadvertently fostering stereotypical fears: there's a lot of whispering; perhaps you notice that your mother no longer kisses your fatigued uncle. Read full book review >

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LAFCADIO, THE LION WHO SHOT BACK by Shel Silverstein
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 28, 1963

"Artful, Thurber-like sketches by the author on nearly every text page form a bit of high level nonsense."
When the other lions roused themselves and padded off at a trot, one lion asked "why". Read full book review >

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EVERY THING ON IT by Shel Silverstein
POETRY
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Adults who grew up with Uncle Shelby will find themselves wiping their eyes by the time they get to the end of this collection; children new to the master will find themselves hooked. (Poetry. All ages)"
A second posthumous collection from the archives of the multitalented Silverstein is definitely a cause for celebration. Read full book review >

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SICK GIRL by Amy Silverstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Sets the record straight about a so-called medical miracle."
A young woman's revealing memoir of life after a heart transplant. Read full book review >

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RUNNY BABBIT by Shel Silverstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2005

"Like the humor, the simple line drawings accompanying each poem are vintage Silverstein—so, gip, don't sulp, and enjoy this unexpected lagniappe from one of the greats. (Poetry. 7-11)"
Described as "a work in progress for over twenty years," this posthumous gathering of new verses and line drawings plays too long on a single trope, but makes a real knee-slapper in small doses. Read full book review >

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FALLING UP by Shel Silverstein
POETRY
Released: May 31, 1996

"Readers chortling their way through this inspired assemblage of cautionary tales, verbal hijinks, and thoughtful observations, deftly inserted, will find the temptation to read parts of it aloud irresistible. (index) (Poetry. 7+)"
Well, finally. Read full book review >

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RUNNY BABBIT RETURNS by Shel Silverstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Cead with rare and lave a good haugh; there can't be too many more like these. (Poetry. 6-12)"
Twelve years later, a return to the ween groods for more vunny ferses. Read full book review >

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THE MISSING PIECE MEETS THE BIG O by Shel Silverstein
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 22, 1981

"Like its companion piece, this has a more contemporary message than Silverstein's The Giving Tree; but even interpreted broadly it doesn't speak specifically to children's needs, and the innuendos make it more appropriate for coy adults."
In Silverstein's The Missing Piece (1976), a circle with a dot for an eye set out to find the wedge-shaped piece whose absence, in the pictures, made a mouth-like gap in the circle. Read full book review >