Search Results: "Robert H. Rimmer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1991

"Sympathetic—but rough on the stomach."
Readable memoir of ``Alice,'' by day a psychologist, by night ``Mistress Jacqueline'': a dominatrix, or ``fantasy engineer''- -although ``some people call me `Goddess.' '' Rimmer (The Harrad Experiment, etc.) and Tavel started out to interview 10 or 12 porno stars to find out how they abandoned parental sexual and religious conditioning, bared their bodies, and had sex in public. Read full book review >

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THE PRESIDENCY OF CALVIN COOLIDGE by Robert H. Ferrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 1998

"A well-researched account of American policy and society during the 1920s, which should become a standard reference, to the extent one is necessary, on this anything-but-visionary president."
From presidential biographer and historian Ferrell (Indiana Univ.; The Dying President?, p. 168; Harry S. Truman, 1994; Ill-Advised, 1992), a thoughtful, suitably prosaic treatment of the life, career, and legacy, such as it is, of Silent Cal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2008

"A pleasing mixture of high-seas adventure and shrewd analysis."
An illuminating look at an underappreciated chapter of the Revolutionary War: the daring, faintly disreputable, privateer war on British maritime interests. Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOY by Robert H. Lieberman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Intriguing, but more a mission statement than a novel."
An empty-at-the-center ecothriller in which the disappearance, and then reappearance, of a boy in the town of Ithaca, New York, makes him a new messiah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Bates's comprehensive scholarship and his field experience in developing nations give this dense, closely argued text a force that will strike even general readers. (3 maps, not seen)"
A slender but challenging monograph exploring the role of violence in economies and societies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"At the edges where popular science and popular social criticism meet, with interesting if not always sharply limned arguments."
I want my MTV—and my doughnuts and my meth. Thus the American mind, racing to attain rewards that entire industries are glad to supply. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Nothing new here, but the author knows his subject, and his lucid prose is a pleasure to read."
A traditional history of WWI, viewed typically as a major tragedy of the 20th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The chances that his ideas will be widely embraced are, of course, approximately equivalent to the chances that manufacturers will stop using human envy to sell their products, but they are nevertheless worth considering."
A scientific attack on luxury that, though a little preachy, is not just an ascetic diatribe. Read full book review >

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RIDE THE LIGHTNING by Robert H. Mitchell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Mitchell delivers a full measure of gritty detail on life behind bars, he stumbles with a surfeit of set-piece preachments (on redemption, recidivism, rehabilitation, etc.) and finally veers off course into didactic melodrama at the close."
Oklahoma City trial lawyer Mitchell builds on a 1973 uprising at a Sooner state prison in his flawed but bleakly effective first novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Though claiming an alarming trend toward medical coverups in the White House during the past century, Ferrell provides extensive data on only Eisenhower's case; if a pattern exists, he doesn't conclusively demonstrate it."
Medical coverups—and goof-ups—in the White House since Grover Cleveland's day, by the author/editor of numerous books on U.S. Presidents (Truman, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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UP, DOWN, AND SIDEWAYS by Robert H. Patton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1997

"Assured and entertaining."
First-time novelist Patton continues his impressive debut with a droll send-up of Wall Street, as he follows the fortunes of 24- year-old whiz-kid Philip Halsey, who, having dropped out of college at the age of 20, has parlayed a relatively small stake into a major portfolio. Read full book review >