Search Results: "Randy Roberts"


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RISING TIDE by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A generally appealing blend of eager sportswriting and sober cultural history."
The intertwining stories of a Southern football coaching legend, a star quarterback (who would craft his own legend) and the volatile civil rights movement in the early 1960s. Read full book review >

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JOE LOUIS by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"All legendary athletes should hope for treatment by such capable, compassionate hands."
A sympathetic, moving life of the Brown Bomber by veteran cultural historian and biographer Roberts (History/Purdue Univ.; The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"If a bit self-serving and understandably incomplete, a solid and readable account of a controversial case."
The Indianapolis special prosecutor who put heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in prison for rape offers a trial recap full of interesting inside details. Read full book review >

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BLOOD BROTHERS by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A page-turning tale from the 1960s about politics and sports and two proud, extraordinary men whose legacies endure."
How Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali and then an enemy of his mentor and friend Malcolm X. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 14, 1990

From Olson (History/Sam Houston State Univ.) and Roberts (History/Purdue)—a balanced and highly informative account of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"A workmanlike account of a fascinating time in American collegiate sports history."
Roberts (History/Purdue Univ.; Joe Louis, 2010, etc.) examines the legendary 1944 Army-Navy college football game. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2001

"Although sorely in need of maps and other illustrations, this is an impressive, engaging analysis of one of the most politically charged events in American history."
A swift and savvy journey through 164 years of Alamo history—from lines in the sand to lines at the gift shop. Read full book review >

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JOHN WAYNE: AMERICAN by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"Despite its occasional clunkiness, this is very likely to be the definitive Wayne biography for years to come. (38 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An epic biography of one of America's most popular and iconographic movie stars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Sadly, though, that sense of excitement is rare here. Despite a few sparks, then, a mostly dry, plodding collection."
A generally lackluster look back at sports and sporting events in Boston. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"She's still much bigger than he is—but at least her dreams don't come true by having her turn real, which makes for a refreshing change. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Equally affecting on literal and metaphorical levels, this tale of a wooden carousel duck who yearns to fly like a real duck makes prime shared reading. Read full book review >

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GATOR by Randy Cecil
by Randy Cecil, illustrated by Randy Cecil
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Illustrated with soft-textured scenes featuring a small, rather timorous looking crocodile sporting a derby, a saddle and a visible hole through his middle, this mini-adventure will leave readers warmed, if not entirely convinced. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Sketchy on internal logic but rich in feeling, this tale features a carved animal who takes off on a journey of discovery after his carousel goes dark and neglected. Read full book review >

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ONE DARK AND DREADFUL NIGHT by Randy Cecil
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"A hysterical addition to any fractured-fairytale collection. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Fairy tales run amok in this great poke at the stories of "unfortunate events." Read full book review >