Search Results: "Robert D. Putnam"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2000

"A major work of social research."
A longer and much improved version of Putnam's controversial 1995 Journal of Democracy article of the same name, this is an important work that is likely to be the center of much debate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2015

"An insightful book that paints a disturbing picture of the collapse of the working class and the growth of an upper class that seems to be largely unaware of the other's precarious existence."
A political scientist calls attention to the widening class-based opportunity gap among young people in the United States. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"A valuable contribution to the conversation surrounding faith in America."
Impressive study of American religious diversity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MORE SHORT & SHIVERY by Robert D. San Souci
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The prolific San Souci has not managed to create a campfire classic in this book—even the most squeamish will remain unfazed. (Folklore/Fiction. 8-12)"
This collection reads more like a cultural anthropology text than a book of ghost stories. Read full book review >

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EXPLORING THE BISMARCK by Robert D. Ballard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Glossary; chronology; brief bibliography. (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
The author's Discovery of the Bismarck in a young readers' version, featuring plenty of well-chosen color photos and dramatic military paintings plus a view of the Nazi battleship's brief career through the eyes of four crew members. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"A relentlessly admiring portrait of our armed services, but without the traditional overlay of patriotic homilies."
Absorbing continuation of Imperial Grunts (2005), with journalist Kaplan visiting American military forces in another dozen nations as they work to spread the influence of the world's leading imperial power—a phrase that he insists describes us just as it once did Britain and Rome. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Interestingly written throughout and brought into the present with a memorable visit to the arch-traveler Patrick Leigh Fermor: a standout travel book, and a literate companion to places less remote than Kaplan now haunts."
A departure for a geopolitical gloom-and-doom Atlantic Monthly reporter: a book of travels to places where he's not being shot at and whose inhabitants are not busily butchering one another. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"The first of a projected two-volume set; volume II will cover the Vietnam War's political, economic, social, and cultural legacies. (illustrations, not seen)"
A sober, objective, detailed recounting and analysis of the American war in Vietnam, told almost exclusively from the American perspective. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A clarity of vision remains, however, that demands our attention. (Author tour)"
Journey to America's west in search of a nation that may no longer exist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 14, 2016

"An artful analysis of the lives of two poets separated by centuries, geography, and culture, united by hope."
A biographer and former professor examines the texts and contexts of Edward FitzGerald's 1859 translation of Omar Khayyam's medieval quatrains, initially ignored but later a worldwide publishing success. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AFGHAN MODERN by Robert D. Crews
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"An impressively thinking-outside-of-the-box approach to reconsidering this pivotal Asian nation and its people."
A fresh look at the Afghans that discards old legends and stereotypes and characterizes the people as tremendously mobile and cosmopolitan. Read full book review >