Search Results: "Michael R. Beschloss"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2007

"History written with subtlety, verve and an almost novelistic appreciation for the complexities of human nature and presidential politics."
Historian Beschloss (The Conquerors, 2002, etc.) pens a vivid account of how nine U.S. presidents withstood political firestorms. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 1991

"History as it ought to be written—exhaustively researched, revelatory, graceful, and, despite our knowledge of the outcome, even thrilling. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs.)"
Especially apropos in the wake of the recent Gulf war—a superb diplomatic history that unfolds the near-fatal miscalculations made by the cool New Frontiersman and the mercurial Soviet in the most dangerous years of the cold war. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2002

"An altogether valuable addition to the historical literature."
A lucid study of how FDR's evolving vision of postwar Europe, enacted by Truman, prevented a recapitulation of Versailles and allowed for the rise of a prosperous, democratic, peaceable Germany. Read full book review >

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AT THE HIGHEST LEVELS by Michael R. Beschloss
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Despite the self-serving tone of many of the diplomats interviewed: a superb early take on a watershed period in diplomatic history."
A vivid, behind-the-scenes examination of the close relationship between George Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev in the last scenes of the cold war. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2011

"All politics is local—and personal. These interviews are invaluable in providing a fly-on-the-wall view of life in the Kennedy White House—and there has never been so intimate a view from a First Lady's perspective."
The late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis speaks candidly about life in Camelot. Read full book review >

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETS by Michael R. Strickland
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The abbreviated format and concentration on the poets' words rather than on their lives occasionally leads to an oversimplification of their influences or of the difficulties they suffered, but this is still a great collection-builder. (b&w photos, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11+)"
This solid and sensible collective biography of ten African-American poets, from Phillis Wheatley to Rita Dove, is nicely done indeed. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Practical financial wisdom told with authority."
Financial wisdom passed down from a father-in-law and tendered here as a bighearted gift. Read full book review >

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"A persuasive indictment of what amounts to child neglect by the conservative priorities of the current American government."
Petit, founder of the Every Child Matters Education Fund, argues that the American government is willfully squandering childrens' health and well-being. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Be that as it may, he makes an excellent case for the importance of evolutionary biology to all of science."
Ironically, Rose (Evolutionary Biology/Univ. of Calif., Irvine) invokes the image of a hovering Darwinian ghost in this altogether rational, absorbing account of the past 150 years of Darwinism. Read full book review >

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SWARM AND STEEL by Michael R. Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"It's not for the squeamish, but unique worldbuilding and a plot full of twisted reveals elevate the story somewhat from the typical grimdark offering."
A recovering sociopath struggles to destroy an evil religion she herself created in the third novel set in Fletcher's (The Mirror's Truth, 2016, etc.) Manifest Delusions universe. Read full book review >

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MY OWN SONG by Michael R. Strickland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is an uneven set of variations, poorly presented, on a marvelous theme. (Poetry. 9- 11)"
Strickland's second anthology of poems about music (Poems That Sing to You, 1993) contains 51 selections, including 6 of his own and 10 from some of the publisher's other authors. Read full book review >