Search Results: "Paul H. Gelles"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 2013

"A rich, informative text highlighting Chumash ingenuity in rebuilding a long-oppressed culture."
In his ethnographic text, Gelles (Anthropology/Univ. of California, Water and Power in Highland Peru, 2000, etc.) explores the impact of casino revenues on revitalizing Native American culture in central California. Read full book review >

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WHAT MOMMY SAID by H. Paul Jeffers
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"The susurrus of references to the longer genre may be a plus for some mystery-lovers, although it put at least one of them into a deep sleep."
Nine-year-old Sebastian Duncan returns from a near-death experience with the startling news that his mother Jenny appeared to him and said that, no, she didn't take an accidental overdose of sedatives at a house party last year—she was murdered. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Mildly entertaining, but not likely to add Chapman to the ambiguous pantheon of American crime. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Prolific true-crime and mystery writer Jeffers (A Grand Night for Murder, 1995, etc.) details a neglected chapter in American criminal history—but a chapter may be all the story merits. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"The original radio scripts might have stood better on their own."
A Baker Street dozen of Sherlockian short stories with an unusual pedigree. Read full book review >

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THE FRUIT OF THE DENDRAGON TREE by Paul H. Deepan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2010

"A unique, daring fantasy more interested in morality than the dazzle of other worlds."
A novel about a young man's journey to a fantastic place, with real-world consequences for himself and his family. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2007

"The extremely prolific Jeffers (An Honest President, 2000, etc.) does much of his research in other popular histories. Military buffs who have read those same books might give this one a pass, but readers unfamiliar with the Rangers will enjoy this dramatic account of their adventures."
An enthusiastic, only mildly critical account of America's original elite fighting unit. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"Jeffers inverts Teddy's most famous saying with a book that walks loudly (lots of swaggering by the protagonist and others) and carries a small stick (nary a whack of dissent)."
A fast-paced but toothless report on the crime-busting years of America's toothiest politician: scads of atmosphere and action, no critical bite. Read full book review >

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A GRAND NIGHT FOR MURDER by H. Paul Jeffers
Released: July 18, 1995

"None of this carries any more weight than a round of Trivial Pursuit, of course, but readers approaching in the proper spirit of irreverence will find the proceedings lightsome and the solution appropriately tidy."
Journeyman Jeffers (Murder On Mike, 1984, etc.) returns to the mystery fold with this waggishly entertaining salute to the Mystery Writers of America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"No milestone in criminological history but, rather, light, knowledgeable, appealingly ghastly fare for true-crime buffs. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
That in 1748 novelist Henry Fielding, then a London magistrate, formed the Bow Street Runners—the precursor of Scotland Yard—is just one of the enjoyable curiosities that Jeffers (Who Killed Precious?, 1991, etc.) presents in this lively account of England's famed police force. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"A readable history of a man who tried to do his best, handicapped by the subject's limits and the author's ulterior motives."
In an effort to bring to Grover Cleveland the public acclaim he has not had since the 19th century, popular historian and crime novelist Jeffers (Who Killed Precious?, 1991, etc.) tells the story of this honest, decent, and somewhat boring Chief Executive. Read full book review >

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NEWS AND THE CULTURE OF LYING by Paul H. Weaver
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1994

"This book should trouble the soul of any self-reflective journalist and help reframe the business of press criticism."
A provocative mix of history, anecdote, and argument from a journalist and scholar who sees the conventions of the news business as leading to exercises of ``deceit, manipulation and exploitation.'' A former Fortune editor and corporate flack, Weaver (The Suicidal Corporation, 1987) is currently affiliated with the conservative Hoover Institution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"A fascinating story undermined often by its wooden dialogue and by cautious, and overly polemical, exposition. (Maps and sixteen pages of photographs—not seen)"
The not-quite-exciting memoir of the middle-aged owner of a construction company who doubled as a spy for Israel's Mossad. Read full book review >