Search Results: "Lloyd C. Gardner"


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KILLING MACHINE by Lloyd C. Gardner
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An evenhanded yet grim assessment of the growing consensus regarding 'the lethal presidency.'"
Straightforward, rigorous account of how President Barack Obama's embrace of high-tech militarism is changing the parameters of the presidency. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2016

"A worthwhile contribution to our ongoing national debate about the balance between national security and privacy and about the line between sedition and dissent."
Who poses the greater threat to the United States: the spymasters and their "enormous power" or the leakers "who occasionally expose them?" Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Uncovering valuable new factual evidence, Gardner ably guides the reader through the perilous chess game that has played out in the region since WWII."
A useful prequel to the author's The Long Road to Baghdad: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the 1970s to the Present (2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1993

"Some useful information clearly presented, but, overall—to adapt the famous Churchill phrase—a pudding in search of a theme."
Largely familiar tale of great-power politics prior to and during WW II; by Gardner (History/Rutgers; Approaching Vietnam, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Gardner's suggestion that Vietnam was in some measure a moral drama played out in the dark recesses of LBJ's conscience is an intriguing, controversial contribution to the ongoing debate on the war, one that he backs up with thorough research and sound scholarship."
An accidentally timely rejoinder to Robert McNamara's recently published memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Gardner ably pursues strategy and context as sources of political constraint and tension, providing a useful overview of Egypt's dealings with the U.S. Pair with Steven A. Cook's The Struggle for Egypt (2011), which provides greater detail on the variegated inputs at the local level."
Solid account of Egypt's still-developing political transformation and how it has related to the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A vital primer to the slow-motion conflagration of American foreign policy."
Precise narrative connects the dots between Vietnam and Gulf War II, primarily from a political and diplomatic perspective. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TICKTOCK BANNEKER'S CLOCK by Shana Keller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Of greater use in STEM units than in American history studies. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
An African-American inventor of the 18th-century designs and builds a new-style clock. Read full book review >

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MR. PUSSKINS AND LITTLE WHISKERS by Sam Lloyd
ANIMALS
Released: May 20, 2008

"Feline fun. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Mr. Pusskins may have met his match in this amusing sequel to Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story (2007). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2007

"The author adds amusing ink sketches to nearly every page, heightening the appeal for less-practiced readers. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Sudden superpowers create and then solve problems for two children in these breezy imports, re-issued on this side of the water in a single, dos-a-dos volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"With generous font, ample white space, and charming pencil drawings on most pages, this is a series young readers can latch onto. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The five dolls from The Countess's Calamity (2003) are back in the second installment of Gardner's series. Read full book review >