Search Results: "Robert S. Leiken"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2012

"Both well written and researched—a valuable contribution to an ongoing discussion."
An expert on national security challenges stereotypes of Islamic militancy and the threat it poses. Read full book review >

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HITLER AND THE HOLOCAUST by Robert S. Wistrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2001

"A solid addition to a vast literature."
A good general history that's also a relentlessly depressing example of a subject that can never make for light reading. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1997

"A real-life thriller. (First serial to Natural History Magazine)"
A fascinating tour through the world of tropical diseases, led by a guide with a lively sense of humor and a keen knowledge of medical history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2002

"Though burdened with unnecessary data (on, for instance, the distribution of Groves's West Point classmates through various corps of the Army), Norris's narrative is of much use to students of the atomic age."
An overly detailed but useful biography of an unacknowledged founding father of the nuclear era. Read full book review >

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ANTISEMITISM by Robert S. Wistrich
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A few heroes, a little good news to leaven the bad, would have made this a more edifying work. (B&w illustrations—24 pages—not seen.)"
The companion volume to a three-part TV series shown this spring on PBS. Read full book review >

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FINDERS, KEEPERS, LOSERS, WEEPERS by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 22, 2014

"Levinson (Phony Tinsel, 2013, etc.) avoids romanticizing either rock 'n' roll or the recording industry. He could, however, have found a better balance between crudeness and sentimentality—and a sharper focus on his main story."
When a rock star crashes and burns, he takes his best friend with him. Read full book review >

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WHEN WE WERE GOOD by Robert S. Cantwell
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"An odd hodgepodge, which will be of interest primarily to the academic folklore community. (17 b&w photos)"
Jargon-rich but provocative study of the folk-music craze of the '60s. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 1999

"The Vietnamese communists outfoxed McNamara during the Vietnam War; they do it again in this forgettable book."
The former secretary of defense and company offer a long-winded, overanalyzed, yet shallow look at the Vietnam War based on McNamara's interpretation of a series of meetings with former North Vietnamese officials. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 1994

"Purple prose, flowery extended metaphors, and an obvious nostalgic longing for the 1960s mar what aspires to be an important study."
An alternately serious and silly look at the 60s as an era of spiritual change in the United States. Read full book review >

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THE JAMES DEAN AFFAIR by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Star-crossed lovers Stevie and Neil do their best, but for readers who aren't current members of a James Dean Fan Club, it probably won't be enough."
It's September 30, 1955, and hotshot young actor James Dean has been driving his beloved two-door Porsche Spyder too fast to stop when he needs to. Read full book review >

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IN THE RING by Robert S. Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A lively tale for lawyers and students of legal history."
Behind-the-scenes memoir from a D.C. insider who was Bill Clinton's personal attorney during the Paula Jones case. Read full book review >