Search Results: "Richard Slotkin"


BOOK REVIEW

ABE by Richard Slotkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2000

"That objection aside, this is an absorbing, highly satisfying historical fiction: an appropriate culmination of Slotkin's obviously herculean researches, and his best yet."
Historian (Gunfighter Nation, 1992, etc.) and novelist Slotkin (The Return of Henry Starr, 1988; The Crater, 1980) offers an impressively detailed re-creation of the early years of our myth-enshrouded 16th president. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 2005

"Solid work, as is Slotkin's custom, and of much interest to students of American history and ethnicity."
Heroes today, gone tomorrow: Revisionist historian/novelist Slotkin (Gunfighter Nation, 1992, etc.) once more limns the national character by probing history that the nation has overlooked, in this instance the forgotten soldiers of WWI. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 2012

"If this seems much more a book about General McClellan, there's good reason. The author deftly exposes his egocentric, messianic tendencies as he purposely prolonged the beginning of the conflict."
Slotkin (No Quarter: The Battle of the Crater, 1864, 2009, etc.) painstakingly enumerates the instances of Gen. George McClellan's wavering, delaying and outright disobedience of orders. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 28, 2009

"In a market glutted with Civil War books, Slotkin delivers a fresh, well-told tale."
The offbeat history of a truly explosive Civil War battle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Intellectual history at its most stimulating—teeming with insights into American violence, politics, class, and race."
Concluding a trilogy that began with Regeneration Through Violence (1973) and The Fatal Environment (1985), Slotkin (English/Wesleyan Univ.) now offers a subtle and wide-ranging examination how America's fascination with the frontier has affected its culture and politics in this century. Read full book review >

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APPRECIATIONS
by Gregory McNamee

“Men are often taken, like rabbits, by the ears,” observed the British literary critic F.L. Lucas. He added, “And though the tongue has no bones, it can break millions of them.” Yes, it can: we live in an age of broken bones, one in which the power-hungry are grabbing at—well, ears, if nothing else, by which we ...


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WINTER WINNERS
by Julie Danielson

It may not be winter yet, but the cozy, winter picture books are already on shelves. I’ve two on my mind today, Snow Scene and When the Moon Comes, that make me long to see snowflakes.

I’m really glad that long-time editor Richard Jackson decided to start penning picture books. He has written four thus far (Have a Look, Says ...


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BOOK REVIEW

ALL THE COLORS OF BUSYTOWN! by Richard Scarry
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"While many will welcome concept books with Richard Scarry art, are these rehashed offerings really necessary with so many of his classics still in print? (Board book. 2-4)"
Richard Scarry's iconic characters present nine different colors. Read full book review >

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CAT BURGLAR BLACK by Richard Sala
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Expect sequels. (Graphic fiction. 10-12)"
Sala usually aims his pulpy gothics at older teens and adults, but here he tries for a younger audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This one is, and doesn't. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
``Politics ought to be fun—after baseball it's our next favorite pastime,'' says Texas Gov. Read full book review >

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NIGHT BECOMES DAY by Richard McGuire
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Unusual and amusing, but don't look too deeply. (Fiction/Picture book. 3-8)"
Day becomes night, actually, in this strange game of word association by McGuire (The Orange Book, 1992). Read full book review >

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POCKET PIGGIES OPPOSITES! by Richard Austin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Cute but nothing more. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)"
Itty-bitty piggies demonstrate opposites. Read full book review >