Search Results: "Milton Meltzer"


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Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"A well made introduction for those who need a bridge to the standard works Meltzer introduces."
This survey of Eastern European Jewry was prompted by Meltzer's desire to investigate the background his immigrant parents never talked about. Read full book review >

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UNDERGROUND MAN by Milton Meltzer
FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1972

"Jeff's accidental first encounter with a runaway, his subsequent dangerous and dramatic rescue missions, his years as a specially marked prisoner are thus true in both historical and fictional terms — and though it's the former aspect that provides the chief interest here, the two are smoothly meshed and discreetly balanced."
Jeff Bowen's story is based on the "fragmentary and forgotten memoirs" of a Northern farm boy, briefly a preacher, who was later imprisoned for helping slaves escape from Kentucky. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1988

"A valuable, compelling account."
Set against the background of the Holocaust's horrors, stories about many among the thousands who risked their lives to save Jewish neighbors and strangers. Read full book review >

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Released: April 15, 1965

"The book offers some delightful background details, including descriptions of Boston and New York during the mid-nineteenth century."
In her dedication to causes Maria Child's career seems a slightly milder version of Harriet Beecher Stowe's. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Nov. 15, 1989

"Suggested reading; index."
First-person accounts detailing the many aspects of the Civil War: a companion to Meltzer's The American Revolutionaries: A History in Their Own Words (1987). Read full book review >

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COLUMBUS AND THE WORLD AROUND HIM by Milton Meltzer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1990

"The many historical illustrations and maps are less well captioned and reproduced than those in the Levinson biography (above), but the more abundant and specific detail here—as well as Meltzer's unique blend of clarity, wisdom, and compassion—makes this the better of two fine books."
Meltzer, a recent Jane Addams Book Award honoree who has made a specialty of social history for young people, presents the hero of 1492 as a persuasive visionary, a gifted navigator—and a disastrous administrator who was typical of his time in his callous exploitation of native people. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1976

"That the worst economic crisis of our nation's history might be remembered as a relative boon to artists (giving them a freedom for which many paid dearly during the McCarthy era) is a multi-layered irony which Meltzer reinforces here with closing statistics on the 'starvation diet' of the arts today."
The WPA gave Milton Meltzer his first writing job (in the Theater Project at a life-saving $23.86 a week), so this is an understandably glowing, nostalgic recollection of that agency's accomplishments. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1989

"To be illustrated by David Small."
A matter-of-fact look at how our government was established and now functions, and how it can be abused. Read full book review >

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THE TERRORISTS by Milton Meltzer
Released: Nov. 1, 1983

"Brisk, knowledgeable, incisive."
Political terrorism without equivocation—taking off from the Brink's holdup and shootout. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 15, 1966

"A useful supplement to Civil War study."
The crusty mid-nineteenth century Congressman, a leader in Congressional reconstruction, receives solid treatment in this biography. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 13, 1970

"There is much drama (there will be pictures too), less enlightenment."
The one solid, unassailable accomplishment of this book is to set forth the achievements of the black-supported Republican state government and black officeholders on the state and local levels between 1870 and 1873; as a history of Reconstruction, however, it is emotional and partisan, fuller of blame than of sober, discriminating assessment. Read full book review >

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Released: July 24, 1978

"Then, out of the mass of minutiae, Lange will suddenly reappear—to say to visiting photographer Robert Frank, on her deathbed: 'I just photographed you.'"
If the Sontag/feminist fix on photography boosts Milton Meltzer's conscientious investigation of Dorothea Lange's life and work, so much the better: she was an instinctive, articulate photographer (who chose her metier before she clicked a shutter) and a major force in establishing the documentary tradition. Read full book review >