Search Results: "Randall Balmer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1999

"For anyone interested in contemporary faith, politics, and culture, and for anyone who wants to know how we got from Plymouth Rock to Pat Robertson."
Six essays on evangelicalism from America's keenest observer of contemporary religion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2008

"An important study, particularly illuminating about the past 25 years."
Why the wall separating church and state is crumbling. Read full book review >

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REDEEMER by Randall Balmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A sympathetic account of a president too often overlooked, embedded in a rethinking of the rise of the religious right."
The words "progressive" and "evangelical" may no longer be thought of together, yet in combination, they shaped Jimmy Carter as a man and president. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"From the author of Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory (1989) and host of the PBS series of the same title, another incisive critique of the US religious scene."
Balmer (Religion/Barnard Coll.) compares the state of American Protestantism today with its boom in the '50s and suggests that a return to its antiestablishment and evangelical roots is needed. Read full book review >

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SORREL by David Randall
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

Despite the title, this third volume in the fantasy series isn't about Sorrel, but about the shapeshifting heroine Clovermead's moral growth, as seen in their evolving relationship. Read full book review >

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THE GIRL WHO WOULDN'T DIE by Randall Platt
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing addition to Holocaust fiction. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
"Just who are you?…No. What are you?" These questions are at the heart of this survival story set in World War II Warsaw. Read full book review >

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THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS by Emma Randall
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A tip of the hat to this delightful rendition of an old song, updated with memorable illustrations and a modern cast of characters. (Picture book. 3-7)"
This handsome rendition of the classic holiday song features a striking black cover with a folk-art-style floral border and the title in gold letters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE END OF TIME by Randall Towe
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 29, 2005

"Apocalyptically bad."
A subpar sci-fi update of the Book of Revelation. Read full book review >

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THE OTHER SIDE OF MULHOLLAND by Stephen Randall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Satire that's more affectionate than barbed: a good-humored look at the L.A. that Randall, executive editor of Playboy, grew up in, still lives in, and is titillated by—at both levels."
A witty debut of manners and mores in the author's "two separate Los Angeleses"—separated geographically, demographically and "psychographically." Read full book review >

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DEFENDING THE SPIRIT by Randall Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"At once provoking and poignant, this memoir reminds the reader of the value of getting justice rather than simply getting mad. (First serial to Essence)"
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at race relations and the ways in which American foreign policy is crafted and, most importantly, changed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"A superficial examination of the tech elite."
An inside look at a Silicon Valley training program for nascent online companies. Read full book review >

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ON NIGHT’S SHORE by Randall Silvis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Silvis's most memorable creation is Poe himself, a god to his female relatives, a sage to his readers, a burr to literary lights like Fenimore Cooper and Washington Irving, and a nuisance to his harried editors."
Versatile Silvis (Mysticus, 1999, etc.) returns Edgar Allan Poe to his journalistic roots for another look at the real-life origin of his celebrated 1842 story "The Mystery of Marie Rogêt." Read full book review >