Search Results: "Robert W. Schaefer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2011

"A tour de force in breadth and depth."
Schaefer's debut is an in-depth critical assessment of the Russo-Chechen conflict that reflects a deep understanding of counterinsurgency in general and how it relates to that region specifically. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

W IS FOR WEBSTER by Tracey Fern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource. (author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Noah Webster's path to creating his iconic dictionary is brought to life in this picture book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE W. BUSH by James Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Presidential reputations often improve with time and rarely decline. Aware of this, Mann delivers a remarkably evenhanded account, eschewing the painful emotions many readers will feel until historians sort matters out."
The latest in the admirable American Presidents series is premature because too little time has passed to evaluate our 43rd president, but Mann (Fellow in Residence/Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Advanced International Studies; The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House, 2012, etc.) writes an insightful biography without much partisanship.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GOLDMINE--LONDON W.1. by Philip Daniels
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"Slight, but not without charm, as old-hand Daniels (aka Peter Chambers—The Day the Thames Caught Fire, 1990, etc.) sets in motion a twist or two, including one implicating Walton's former nemesis in the Austen's venture."
Architect Edward Walton—who lost his wife to his business partner and said goodbye to ten years of freedom thanks to the cad's (false) embezzlement charges—is finally released from prison and, in short order, meets the lovely sales rep Peggy and the mysterious ``Major,'' who promises him 100,000 pounds if he'll construct an underground tunnel for him. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

W IS FOR WASTED by Sue Grafton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"As she approaches the end of the alphabet, Kinsey waxes ever more reflective and philosophical."
Kinsey Millhone finds yet another way to be connected to a sudden death: as the victim's executor and sole heir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NONFICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"Gorgeous. (Board book. 6 mos.-3)"
One of those rarest of rare birds: a board book derived from a larger-format picture book that works and works well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Crepuscule W/ Nellie by Joe Milazzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A challenging, unconventional, rewarding imagining of a jazz giant's final years."
The relationships among jazz great Thelonious Monk; his wife, Nellie; and his friend and patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter are imagined in Milazzo's debut novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHY BEGINS WITH W by Leo Schulte
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 8, 2013

"Ambitious, but seriously lacking polish—and also a reason to read any sequels. (Enhanced e-book mystery. 12-14)"
A light scattering of digital inserts doesn't raise the grade of this mannered tale of high school murder, published on paper in 2009. Read full book review >