Search Results: "Ronald J. Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"A sorry, shocking tale whose essentially unsympathetic characters soon inspire impatience and abhorrence rather than pity or understanding. (Photos—16 pp.—not seen)"
An arresting, albeit repellent, account of the bitter power struggle at U-Haul, the trailer/truck-rental operation that's one of the largest privately held corporations in the US. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"A missed opportunity to examine a disturbing confrontation between two extremes of American life—the false security of the middle class facing the rapacity and unreasoned fury of the criminal underbelly."
Torpid, two-dimensional account of the 1981 kidnap/rape/slaying of Suzanne Rossetti, a 27-year-old woman from Saugus, Massachusetts, who, having moved to Phoenix, fell into the sadistic, murderous hands of a pair of psychopathic escaped cons whom she asked for help to get into her car when she locked the keys inside. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 15, 2011

"A shocking, disturbingly believable portrait of the Final Solution and the depravity that enabled it."
The rotting soul of an SS guard lies bare in this harrowing odyssey through a concentration camp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"The strength of the main narrative, and a design that includes archival material, modern photographs, and a splendid chart of the invasion, makes this offering a good addition to WWII collections. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
A weak beginning and questionable ending flank a riveting account of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, 60 years ago. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Affecting reminiscences from the survivors of a famous victory afford a kaleidoscopic first-draft reckoning of its appalling costs."
A no-frills oral history of Operation Overlord that, for all its considerable virtues, falls short of the high standard set by other books commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invasion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HITLER, THE WAR AND THE POPE by Ronald J. Rychlak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Readers who are looking for an answer to Cornwell may find this book helpful; those who have followed the controversy about Pius XII will find little new here."
Ever since the appearance of Rolf Hochhuth's play The Deputy in 1963, the role of Pope Pius XII during the WWII has been a subject of heated controversy, a controversy that has intensified in recent years as the Vatican proceeds with the investigation that may eventually lead to his beatification. Rychlak (Law/Univ. of Mississippi) here presents a defense of the pontiff. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KEPT IN THE DARK by J. Ronald M. York
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A provocative collection of family correspondence, but one that will leave readers with unanswered questions."
A largely epistolary debut memoir about a shocking family secret. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"A charming, novelistic reflection on philosophy by a teacher and student of the elderly."
At a time when academic philosophy, grown technical and arcane in recent decades, is reaching for a wider audience, this book helps initiate what seems a natural dialogue between the wisdom of ancient texts and the wisdom of advanced years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Serious charges voiced in strong language, certain to be met with rebuttals from those whose ox has just been gored, and a must-read for any man concerned about his prostate."
The scientist who discovered the prostate specific antigen in 1970 explains emphatically why he considers use of the PSA test for routinely screening healthy men for cancer to be a profit-driven national disaster. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLAVERY by Richard Watkins
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

Contradictory statements, sweeping generalizations, and a general lack of focus make this history of slavery more an eye-glazer than an eye-opener. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT COMES AFTER by Steve Watkins
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Beautifully written, this story is an unflinching look at the cruelty of life as well as the resilience of the human spirit. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Abandoned first by her abusive mother and then by her father when he dies, 16-year-old Iris Wight is no stranger to loss. Read full book review >