Search Results: "Peter J. Heck"


BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCE AND THE PROSECUTOR by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Meaty fare for fans of the quasi-historical, with nicely done period detail and atmosphere."
Third in this Kirkus reviewer's series (Death on the Mississippi, 1995, etc.) featuring Samuel Clemens at the height of his fame as Mark Twain, his young Yale grad secretary, Wentworth Cabot (who narrates), and a voyage by ship. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN CRIMINAL COURT by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Packed with casual racists, unregenerate Civil War veterans, superstitious rationalists, and poseurs of every stripe—exactly the sort of colorful cast that brings its satiric hero's famous talent for unmasking pretension into brilliant relief."
His 1894 lecture tour takes Sam Clemens, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEATH ON THE MISSISSIPPI by Peter J. Heck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The first of a planned trilogy by longtime Kirkus reviewer Heck."
Faced with bankruptcy after a series of disastrous investments, Samuel L. Clemens, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"A well-delineated albeit depressing portrait of America's present guiding political philosophy."
A learned and lively political harangue insists that America's recent foreign-policy failures are the result of conservative principles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONKEY LOST by Ed Heck
by Ed Heck, illustrated by Ed Heck
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"A bit sketchy, but the familiar situation, a bit of silliness and some authentically conveyed feeling add up to a Heck of a solo debut. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Any child who's ever lost track of a prized companion will feel for young Eric, who suddenly realizes that the monkey he was bringing to school for show-and-tell is gone. Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

IRIS MURDOCH by Peter J. Conradi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Illuminating, but as the author himself suggests, it's the beginning of the discussion about Murdoch's life, not the end. (50 photos, not seen)"
A long but selective biography that focuses on the distinguished British novelist as an expert on love, emphasizing her many affairs and intense friendships. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2002

"Plenty of gee-whiz here to excite: a good bet for the nerds in your life."
Be prepared for a fast ride through a dizzying digital universe driven by an amiable and enthusiastic guide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THINGS GRAK HATES by Peter J Story
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An amusing, occasionally sobering look at how evil can spring from unexpected wells."
A humorous debut novel about the surprising consequences of one man's intense distaste for olives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2014

"Brennan's tell-it-like-it-is approach and unique perspective turn this financial book into an engaging read."
A seasoned financial journalist offers easy-to-follow tips for building wealth in his debut. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 2014

"Fascinating insight—though much must be read between the lines—into how the nation's data-mining apparatus works—and how it's supposed to work."
Does keeping America free from harm in the post-9/11 world require that Americans surrender their Fourth Amendment rights? The country's security apparatus behaves as if the answer is yes—the subject of this official report to President Barack Obama. Read full book review >