Search Results: "Richard Zacks"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"A nuanced, comprehensive portrait of unique man and the surrounding period, culture and political system."
Zacks (The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805, 2005, etc.) returns with a sharply focused look at Theodore Roosevelt's brief tenure as a New York City police commissioner. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2005

"When this sometimes slow story picks up steam, the pages sail by."
William Eaton, brash and defiant diplomat, is dispatched to Tripoli in 1805 by Thomas Jefferson to free 300 American hostages in what became the first U.S. covert mission to overthrow a foreign nation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Between the dizzying sums lost and gained, Zacks offers a rollicking history perfect for Twain's countless fans."
An amusing, singular account of the world tour by the nation's most famous humorist, chased by creditors. Read full book review >

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THE PIRATE HUNTER by Richard Zacks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"Exciting, well told, and befitting the wild life of a pirate—even if Kidd wasn't one."
A dashingly narrated life of Captain William Kidd, freeing him of his unwarranted reputation as a notorious pirate. Read full book review >

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MY DOG, BOB by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Quiet and clever, just like Bob. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A little boy narrates a story about his dog, Bob, who can do amazing things around the house but can't accomplish standard dog tricks. Read full book review >

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THIS BOOK JUST ATE MY DOG by Richard Byrne
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Misses the mark. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A carnivorous book invites readers to participate. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF RICE by Richard Sobol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Using rice as a lens, this book delivers an engaging snapshot of Thailand and its people. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Many rice farmers all over Thailand still plant and harvest by hand, with the help of family members and such animals as water buffalo and elephants. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"First in a planned Traveling Photographer series, this will delight armchair explorers and animal lovers. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Wildlife photographer Sobol treks into Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to photograph critically endangered mountain gorillas. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 15, 2004

"Quite delightful. (Picture book/biography. 7-10)"
"Were the saints bonkers?" asks Brassey in this irreverent foray into the lives of 17 of the oldest saints in the Christian canon. Read full book review >

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GODSPEED, JOHN GLENN by Richard Hilliard
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"A way to show very young readers an astronaut story, but Sally Ride's To Space and Back (1986) is much more engaging. (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-8)"
Hilliard's biography of John Glenn focuses on his first orbit of the earth in 1962 in Friendship 7, the Mercury capsule, but does briefly mention his early life and history. Read full book review >

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CLATTER BASH! by Richard Keep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"There are more appealing and authentic Day of the Dead books for this age group. (Picture book. 3-7)"
With its mix of English and Spanish ("Knock-knock! Read full book review >