Search Results: "Richard Preston"


BOOK REVIEW

PRESTON FALLS by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"The tumult of marriage on the rocks rings true, but otherwise there's too much yuppie angst and too little human interest for this to be appealing."
A sputtering marriage stalls when a p.r. flack takes a break from the job and kids to fix up the family's vacation home in upstate New York, in this painfully slow successor to Gates's debut, Jernigan (1991), a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Read full book review >

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RICHARD POSNER by William Domnarski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Practitioners will better understand Posner's impact on the law; general readers will appreciate this introduction to that increasingly rare breed: a public intellectual worthy of their time."
A practicing attorney and close observer of the federal courts examines the career of a present-day legal titan. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 1992

"A thorough and significant contribution to Civil War scholarship."
From rare-book dealer Parrish, an engaging and exhaustively researched biography of an important and intriguing, though rarely studied, Confederate leader. Read full book review >

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ITCHY RICHARD by Jamie Gilson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 1991

"Gilson's light touch enables readers to laugh at what might otherwise be embarrassing- -as well as to learn a lot about lice and enjoying the relaxed, mutually supportive atmosphere of a classroom where even the teacher might harbor the pesky intruders. (Fiction. 6-9)"
Second-graders meet an infestation of lice head-on: someone in Mrs. Zookey's class has them, and the nurse must check each student's scalp to see if they've spread. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word."
A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Read full book review >

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MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1994

"David's Day."
One of the many biographies of the actor, who died in 1984, including the surpassing Richard Burton: A Life (1988) by Melvyn Bragg and Richard Burton, My Brother (1988) by Graham Jenkins. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2007

"Enthralling."
Preston takes a break from nasty viruses (The Demon in the Freezer, 2002, etc.) to provide a firsthand account of climbing some of the world's tallest trees. Read full book review >

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THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER by Richard Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from microscopic infectious agents? Welcome to Mr. Preston's frightening neighborhood."
Preston guides us deftly on another scary excursion (Hot Zone, 1994) into the world of really bad viruses—this time smallpox, with a side helping of anthrax. Read full book review >

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THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Portions of this biomedical thriller appeared in the New Yorker in somewhat different form; it will be made into a movie starring Robert Redford and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien). (Author tour)"
A bone-chilling account of a close encounter with a lethal virus, by New Yorker writer Preston (American Steel, 1991). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1991

"A well-told tale that suggests heartland enterprise is neither down nor out."
American steelmakers used to say they'd rather own a market than a mill. Read full book review >