Search Results: "Robert A. Benson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 2009

"A one-way trip through the flatlands of one man's truth, but if quotes float your boat, hop on board."
A father posits platitudes for his offspring. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2005

"Well-meaning, and valuable as a document of the refugee experience. The boys' narrative, however, would have been better served by a commentary explaining the ongoing Sudanese crisis and otherwise adding more depth to this child's-eye view of events."
Three "lost boys" of Sudan remember lives lived far away from the torrents of history. Read full book review >

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CUSP by Robert A. Metzger
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 4, 2005

"Overcomplicated by several orders of magnitude, with anonymous characters mystifyingly associated with a ferocious and largely unfathomable plot. Still, minds will boggle at the extravagance of Metzger's imagination."
Widescreen Technicolor extravaganza involving physics, aliens, cyborgs, artificial intelligence, superhumans, and what-all, from the author of Picoverse (not seen). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"In the end, there's a simple lack of value added: most Americans are familiar with the conspiracy theories described here, and mere description without any compelling synthesis or analysis is pretty dull stuff."
A less-than-fascinating look at America's fascination with conspiracy theories. Read full book review >

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EISENHOWER AND SPUTNIK by Robert A. Divine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"A fine depiction of a homespun chief executive who maintained control and a levelheaded wisdom in the face of powerful and diverging political and economic forces."
A lucid analysis of how Russia's unpredicted space-race breakthrough affected, and was handled by, the nation's 34th President. Read full book review >

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CHARACTER ABOVE ALL by Robert A. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"Soon to be a PBS special hosted by Jim Lehrer, an enjoyable glimpse of the lives of our recent presidents."
Ten essays that attempt, with varying success, to define presidential character. Read full book review >

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DOUBLE STAR by Robert A. Heinlein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 15, 1956

"Not too far flung nor far fetched."
Lorenzo Smythe, an actor, is persuaded to impersonate the Chief Minister, Bonforte, whose disappearance and non-appearance at an important Martian meeting will threaten an already uneasy equilibrium between the races of both planets. Read full book review >

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BEYOND ULTRA by Robert A. Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2011

"Fans of epic historical fiction will applaud."
Wright's historical drama follows two families—one Spanish and the other German—and the devastating effects of three wars on their lives. Read full book review >

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INFERNO by Robert A. Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2014

"An important wake-up call about an emerging crisis that threatens to become a human rights scandal of global proportions."
An eye-opening report about how the United States, with just 5 percent of the world's population, holds 25 percent of the world's incarcerated population. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Remarkable mainly for its consistently graceless style, the text includes over 30 pages of photographs—not seen."
A truncated history of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which reads more like jottings from a house organ than a presumably objective journalist's reportage on a consequential outpost of laissez-faire capitalism. Read full book review >