Search Results: "Robert W. Merry"


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NON-FICTION
Released: June 26, 2012

"Entertaining and likely to teach most readers something new—an especially good read in an election year."
Rating the presidents is a fascinating game. Merry (A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent, 2009) looks at the criteria and invites readers to make their own assessments. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

A vigorous biography (the second this year: see Edwin M. Yoder Jr.'s Joe Alsop's Cold War, p. 156) of the brothers whose journalistic opinion shaped American foreign policy through much of the Cold War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"Hugely entertaining popular history."
The president and editor in chief of Congressional Quarterly offers a lively biography of perhaps the most consequential one-term president in American history. Read full book review >

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"Dawdles occasionally, but ultimately a satisfying tour of 20th-century American politics via the life of two D.C. insiders."
An in-depth biography of 20th-century journalists Joseph and Stewart Alsop from historical writer Merry (A Country of Vast Designs, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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PRESIDENT MCKINLEY by Robert W. Merry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Although unlikely to share Merry's very high opinion of McKinley, most readers of this intelligent biography will agree that he was an astute politician and strong leader."
A fresh biography of the short-lived presidency of William McKinley (1843-1901), "an unlikely figure to be presiding over the transformation of America." Read full book review >

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, MERRY CROW by Kathi Appelt
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"The attractive cover shows the crow flying past decorated houses, with the title printed in shiny, silver letters that any crow would admire. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The acquisitive habit of an enterprising crow leads to a fully decorated community tree for both townspeople and birds in this holiday story told through short, rhyming couplets. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

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ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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MERRY BIRTHDAY by Lise Marinelli
Released: Sept. 25, 2013

"A charming holiday read that gifts a feel-good smile."
Can any birthday be a bad birthday? Late December birthday girls and boys will empathizewith Sam in this smart, modern picture book. Read full book review >

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MERRY MEN by Carolyn Chute
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"With her eye fixed as ever on the peculiar partnership between good and evil, Chute continues to offer a no-nonsense view of her proud, embattled corner of America—but a rambling narrative style still provides only the occasional engaging moment."
The latest hardscrabble upcountry tale from Chute is as grimly realistic and brutal—and as disjointed—as its two predecessors (The Beans of Egypt, Maine, 1985, and Letourneau's Used Auto Parts, 1988). Read full book review >

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MERRY MERRY HOLLY HOLLY by Dori Chaconas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A quiet, satisfying story about a charming pair of friends celebrating their affectionate bond. (Picture book. 3-5)"
The stars of a popular early-reader series move on to the picture-book world in this gentle story about finding a Christmas tree. Read full book review >