Search Results: "Robert F. Dalzell, Jr."


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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A timely reminder that money is neither good nor evil, but its uses reveal a lot about a person's choices and values."
What America's wealthiest have done, and are doing, with their money. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"This is the definitive study of Mount Vernon, long overdue for the place that's been a seeding ground for ideals of American independence. (86 b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
Washington as seen from the vantage point of his beloved creation, Mount Vernon. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Illustrations include accurately detailed color sketches, a map and a pair of portrait photos. (brief reading list) (Biography. 10-13)"
Following in the footsteps of his illustrious uncle (or his uncle's ghostwriter, perhaps), Kennedy profiles a historical figure who, in his view, exemplified the brand of courage and intellect required to keep this country the Land of the Free. Read full book review >

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THE RAKE by William F. Buckley Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The entertaining machinations of the Blackford Oates series (Last Call for Blackford Oates, 2005, etc.) are missing from this lackluster effort."
From the veteran political commentator and espionage novelist, a shallow tale of the unmasking of a bigamous presidential contender. Read full book review >

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LAST CALL FOR BLACKFORD OAKES by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"A muted ending to a less-than-thrilling spy's career."
In his glasnost-era curtain call, Blackford Oakes comes off not so much world-weary as simply weary. Read full book review >

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MARCO POLO, IF YOU CAN by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 8, 1981

"But even if this is perhaps the weakest (and most objectionable) of the series, it's still fast, sly, and literate: a rare, distinctive species within the lookalike thriller herd."
In Who's On First, Buckley inserted CIA-agent hero Blackford Oakes into real history (the US/Soviet space race) with the cleverest sort of almost-plausibility. Read full book review >

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NEARER, MY GOD by William F. Buckley Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Readers looking for meaty discussions of Catholic doctrine could do a lot worse."
This eloquent spiritual "autobiography" is, disappointingly, almost entirely about people other than Buckley, and about theology rather than faith. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1951

"Buckley is fond of sweeping generalities, refuting some by citing others; he is also susceptible to personal rather than objective vindictiveness; and while he declares himself to be dedicated to this 'cause'- his material as well as his mission may be suspect to many."
Mr. Buckley's concern in this essay (his own term) is the "net impact of Yale education" and he points out the various ways in which Yale seriously fails its undergraduates- particularly in the lack of a religious attitude and a "recognition of the merits of our economic system". Read full book review >

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SEE YOU LATER ALLIGATOR by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 15, 1985

"Che himself."
Who was really behind JFK's '1962 triumph in the Cuban missile crisis? Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 20, 1972

"The biblical Remnant will no doubt cheer; the deluded majority will read it, if at all, strictly for the prickly entertainment value."
Buckley sallies forth again, mounted on a white steed, tilting his lance at Mao and Kosygin and Justice Douglas who should be impeached and William Kunstler who should be disbarred. Read full book review >

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STAINED GLASS by William F. Buckley Jr.
Released: April 7, 1978

"But his clean, unpadded plotting and his literate relaxation should prove a relief from the tortured efforts of the Le Carré imitators, and anyone who can make conferences between Allen Dulles and Dean Acheson sound like vaudeville routines deserves the audience he's bound to get."
Blackford Oates, the Yalie CIA smoothie who was busy bedding and Saving the Queen in 1976, returns—in a slightly less giddy but still light, terribly bright piece of tongue-in-chic 1950s intrigue. Read full book review >

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GETTING IT RIGHT by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2003

"Serious, important political history narrated by Dame Barbara Cartland."
The honey-voiced prophet of the conservative revival (Spytime, 2000, etc.) runs his hands fondly and semifictionally through the mementos of the past half-century. Read full book review >