Search Results: "Murray Sperber"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A scathing reminder that the 'good old days' in college sports never were. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana Univ.; Shake Down the Thunder, 1993, etc.) again chips away at the sacred mythic core of college sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana University; College Sports Inc., 1990) does in this exceptional, exhaustive history of Notre Dame football what he does best: dash myths and penetrate to systemic corruption and hypocrisy, all the while maintaining an implicit love for collegiate athletics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2000

"A student nicely summed up Sperber's well-framed argument: college has become 'a four-year party—one long tailgater—with an $18,000 annual cover charge.' And you thought Dobie Gillis was bad."
Though not late-breaking news, here is an extremely dispiriting portrait of undergraduate life being reduced to a support unit for the athletic department, from long-time critic of the university sport scene Sperber (Onward to Victory, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KARL MARX by Jonathan Sperber
Released: March 11, 2013

"Authoritative in its scope, but dense and unnecessarily difficult."
A thorough but starchy portrait of the father of modern communism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE THAT ZACK BUILT by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Perfect for giggling and sharing and right on target for lap-time reading. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A new version of a beloved classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I CAN RUN  by Murray Head
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A book new readers will want to take a peek at. (Early reader. 5-7)"
A day in the life of a squirrel for new readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2003

"Readers will be gobsmacked that this first effort at a longer work can be this good. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Her father has died (of a heart attack, her mother says), her brother Barnaby has run away, and her mother loves her but is not home much, but Cedar B. Hartley, 12, is a feisty heroine with a "green thumb for people." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEVIL'S JUGGLER by Murray Smith
Released: March 1, 1993

"British TV writer Smith's debut is immensely promising in individual scenes and episodes—especially in Lucco's gripping, believably heroic story—but overslung, overinsistent, and finally anticlimactic in its so-what holocaust."
First novel about an attempt by British Intelligence to bring down Colombian druglord Pablo Envigado by placing an agent among the upper-level ranks of the Medell°n cartel—an attempt that's tragically undermined by unwitting cross-plotting among Envigado's enemies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RIVER AT SUNDOWN by Earl Murray
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Though predictable and clichÇd, the story is relieved by some colorful frontier characters, accurate historical detail, and a good sense of post-war development in the Montana Territory."
This too-familiar tale by Murray (Flaming Sky, 1995, etc.) opens with the return of Isaac Porter from the blood and bitterness of the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFTER A DEAD DOG by Colin Murray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2007

"An elaborately written debut with atmosphere aplenty."
A Scottish writer still entranced by an old flame is drawn into her family's murderous dysfunction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2002

"Challenging, satisfying, elegant."
Following the bestselling From Dawn to Decadence (2000), a sampler of Barzun's writings, selected and edited by his biographer, demonstrating again the depth and breadth of his learning, the originality of his thinking, and his commitment to speak to the general reader in engaging, intelligent prose. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A rowdy piece of work that makes moral high-mindedness and a bacchanalian approach to life seem a great fit."
Britain's former ambassador to Uzbekistan unloads his prodigious rage and frustration about his country's morally compromised part in America's dirty little war on terror. Read full book review >