Search Results: "Ralph Blumenthal"


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ONCE THROUGH THE HEART by Ralph Blumenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Blumenthal wants to have it two ways—a cop story and a family drama—and succeeds admirably. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Simpatico story of a narcotics detective who finds his teenage daughter selling drugs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"The Stork Club thrived based on the rule of more rather than less, yet the secret of Billingsley's success eludes Blumenthal in the end. (75 b&w photos) (TV/radio satellite tour)"
A comprehensive, anecdote-laden history of the rise and fall of a man and his gin-mill-cum-glamour-machine. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: May 24, 2011

"An informative, insightful account of a fascinating period of American history. (glossary, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
When Congress passed the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol, supporters were convinced it would create a stronger, more moral nation. Instead, it ushered in an era of corruption and lawlessness, here brought to life with a fast-paced, gripping narrative and period photographs. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A perceptive, well-wrought picture of an iconic figure well worth admiring—from a distance. (Biography. 11-14)"
An admiring though not entirely adulatory view of our era's greatest technology celebrity, rightly dubbed (by U2's Bono) "the hardware software Elvis." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 7, 2011

"Young people with entrepreneurial ambitions will find Walton's life inspiring, instructive and, perhaps, cautionary. (notes, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
When he died in 1992, Sam Walton left behind a multibillion-dollar retail empire that today comprises over 9,000 stores in 15 countries; Blumenthal chronicles Walton's remarkable rise from humble beginnings to becoming the founder of Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE KISS by Deborah Blumenthal
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2016

"A neatly wrought, effective survival tale. (Fiction. 12-18)"
Two teens find themselves alone as a Category 5 hurricane threatens Houston. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2005

"Magnificent backmatter, including a time line, 'then and now' comments from key players, extensive source notes, and suggested resources for further information, complement the narrative in making this a nearly perfect book, were it not for the execrable design. (Nonfiction. 10 )"
The history of the small but wildly influential amendment known as Title IX receives a thoughtful, enlightening and inspiring treatment from the Sibert Honor-winning Blumenthal. Read full book review >

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MAFIA GIRL by Deborah Blumenthal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: March 1, 2014

"Despite all the wealth, Vogue photo shoots and designer clothing, mostly a down-to-earth slice of life; more Kody Keplinger than Gossip Girl. (Fiction. 13-16)"
Enjoyable, straightforward high school drama despite the Mafia princess framework. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"These quibbles aside, this offering is a solid exploration of an event whose importance is undisputed but which is rarely so lucidly explained for anyone, let alone young readers. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
A cogent account of the Stock Market Crash that occurred between October 24 and October 29, 1929, and ushered in the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Karen Blumenthal
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A richly detailed study that is as perceptive as it is engaging. (photos, timeline, bibliography, chapter notes) (Biography. 12-18)"
Like Cynthia Levinson's Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can (2016), Blumenthal's biography covers Clinton's childhood to her current campaign to become the Democratic candidate for president in 2016 but, written for an older audience, goes into greater depth and detail. Read full book review >

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THE 51 DAY WAR by Max Blumenthal
NON-FICTION
Released: June 30, 2015

"Explosive, pull-no-punches reporting that is certain to stir controversy."
An alarming report on Israel's devastating 2014 attack on Gaza. Read full book review >

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GOLIATH by Max Blumenthal
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Dense, in-the-trenches reportage revealing details that go from grim to grimmer."
A rich, roiling examination of "the State of Israel during a period of deepening political and societal crisis." Read full book review >