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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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THE ALMOST TERRIBLE PLAYDATE by Richard Torrey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A mostly delightful look at the importance of compromise among friends. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A boy and a girl with different ideas of imaginative play find middle ground. Read full book review >