Search Results: "Moshe Kasher"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2012

"Not likely to appeal to everyone, but irascibly charming in its honesty."
A bleak memoir, played for laughs, of growing up poor, Jewish and drugged-out in Oakland, Calif. Read full book review >

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MOSHE DAYAN by Mordechai Bar-On
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2012

"A sharp, fully fleshed, somewhat biased portrait of 'one of the most fascinating and compelling figures to have appeared on Israel's stage.'"
Succinct biography of the "lone wolf" defense minister during Israel's decisive first campaigns. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"These aren't pretty pictures, but collectively, and with Kasher's text, they tell a central—perhaps the central—story of midcentury America."
In an era saturated by media, our collective memory is formed by visual images. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Raviv covers all the major bases, so that readers unfamiliar with Israel's immensely complex foreign policy history will learn a great deal—but they probably will not have as interesting or memorable an experience as that provided by a number of other Israeli historians and memoirists."
An informative if also dry history of Israeli diplomacy from the state's founding through early 1998, combined with elements of a memoir. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"Similar elements drawn from distinctly disparate sources, presented with a beguiling blend of good humor and serious intent. (Literary criticism/religion. 10-13, adult)"
With added input from some of his fifth-to seventh-grade students, a rabbi and private-school teacher reflects on values in the Harry Potter series and finds parallels in the Torah and Talmud. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Animated by a sense of betrayal, Arens makes penetrating observations about political leaders and situations, and historical conundrums."
Arens, a former Israeli foreign minister, has written an embittered but insightful and illuminating book about what he, as a conservative, sees as a severe breach of faith. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A pity that, with a brand-new car more or less on the road, Lewin has been content to tinker with the old model."
At a time when a whirlwind has demolished the Soviet Union, a musty smell of old academic disputes pervades these essays and lectures by a veteran Sovietologist. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN HUMOR 1994 by Moshe Waldoks
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"Funny stuff, in all shapes and sizes, some of it cornball camp and some of it sophisticated."
``Lady vampires demand their own blood bank!'' Not one to let shame get in the way of compiling a funny book, Waldoks (co-editor, The Big Book of Jewish Humor, not reviewed) even looks at the front page of the Weekly World News, the tabloid of tabloids, from which he pulled the above headline. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Authoritative, accessible, absorbing. (Photos, maps, 16-page color insert—not seen.)"
Time has not been kind to the Philistines. Read full book review >

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THE CITY AFTER THE AUTOMOBILE by Moshe Safdie
NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 1997

"Architects should be dreamers, but we need more from them than castles in the air. (illustrations, not seen)"
Some contemporary urban realities are confronted head-on here, while others are ignored, making it difficult to decide whether Safdie's ideas are visionary or merely silly. Read full book review >