Search Results: "Kenneth S. Norris"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"With a heavy scientific slant, of greatest appeal to those concerned with the welfare of dolphins and other marine animals. (Photographs and drawings—not seen.)"
A comprehensive scientific study of the behavior of Hawaiian spinner dolphins both in the wild and captivity—and of the dangers posed to dolphins by the tuna-fishing industry. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2002

"Though burdened with unnecessary data (on, for instance, the distribution of Groves's West Point classmates through various corps of the Army), Norris's narrative is of much use to students of the atomic age."
An overly detailed but useful biography of an unacknowledged founding father of the nuclear era. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 1996

This is an alarming record of the rapid growth since 1994 of the militia movement in this country—the movement that, as Stern shows, nurtured the radical anti-government ideology shared by Timothy McVeigh, accused of bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2005

"A timely, compelling argument that should make owners of hybrid cars just a little bit happier, and everyone else very glum indeed."
The world is running on empty, warns petroleum geologist Deffeyes (Hubbert's Peak, 2001), and yet Humvees continue to roll down the assembly lines, roads to be built, and economic models to be churned out. Read full book review >

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THE CURSE OF CASH by Kenneth S. Rogoff
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Money geeks are the primary audience, to be sure, but futurists and trend-watchers will also take interest in the author's proposals for phasing out cash."
A noted economist imagines a modern society that functions without paper money and coins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2012

"A taut, intelligent analysis of a dramatic turning point in South African and, indeed, world history."
A law professor revisits the trial that "saved…the very soul" of South Africa. Read full book review >

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HONOR AND SLAVERY by Kenneth S. Greenberg
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Charged with ideas, this is a cheerfully speculative and valuable addition to the library of the Civil War."
A piercing—and decidedly offbeat—look into the mind of the Old South. ``This book,'' writes historian Greenberg, ``is a work of translation. Read full book review >

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CHARLIE CHAPLIN AND HIS TIMES by Kenneth S. Lynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"While this biography isn't as detailed or thorough as some (for example, Lynn slides over Chaplin's tax troubles in a few sentences), it has all the pacing, sense of character, and narrative verve of a good novel. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An accomplished and highly readable contribution to the recent wave of revisionist Chaplin biographies (such as Joyce Milton's Tramp, 1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FDR by Kenneth S. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"The means by which all this occurred are not explained here."
Fourth and below-par volume of Davis's ongoing biography of FDR (1986, etc.), this entry covering 1936-40. Read full book review >

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KENNETH KRAEGEL: BY THE SEAT OF HIS PANTS
by Julie Danielson

Most people of all economic stripes, I would venture to say, have had the experience of owning that one piece of clothing that makes them feel utterly comfortable and happy when they wear it. Maybe it fits just right; maybe it has the perfect pockets in just the right places; or maybe they know they look good in it. This ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE VIRGIN OF BENNINGTON by Kathleen Norris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2001

"There just isn't anything unusual enough about the author's experiences and perceptions to make this more than a near-stereotypical tale of a provincial American emerging from a sheltered, small-town environment to confront the dangers and temptations of a big metropolis."
Poet and nonfiction author Norris (The Cloister Walk, 1996, etc.) focuses in this autobiography on her years at Bennington College in the mid-1960s and a subsequent period of maturation in New York City. Read full book review >