Search Results: "S. Robert Lichter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Astutely analyzed but dryly written. Not exactly a knee-slapper for the general reading public, though its insights will find their ways into the mainstream media."
Political humor on late-night TV is serious business, as three academics show in this study. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1991

"Much that is obvious, then, but with enough fresh insights to keep the reader involved."
An exhaustive study of the changes that have occurred in prime-time TV from the mid-1950's to the mid-1980's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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LOVE, DEATH AND THE TOYMAN by Robert S. Napier
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 13, 2006

"One of those what-were-they-thinking debuts."
Into the office of toy collector Jack Lorentz slithers the gorgeous blonde who once made a plaything out of him. Read full book review >

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PEANUT BUTTER FRIDAYS by Robert S. Pehrsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2013

"Laugh-out-loud adventures of two precocious, disarmingly honest tween boys."
The hilarious epistolary memoir of a Catholic boyhood in Brooklyn by debut novelist but multipublished academic Pehrsson (Language and Literacy, 1996). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOT PAINT by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"Maybe we know them too well; maybe this hot paint is just warmed over."
Innocently enough, an admirer gives Stevie Marriner, beloved "Sex Queen of the Soaps," a Pandora's box of Andy Warhol silkscreen prints. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOHN LENNON AFFAIR by Robert S. Levinson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"His ricocheting between distant past, near past, and present and his constant shifting from first person to third—not to mention his inability to construct a subordinate clause that refers to the proper antecedent—make this whodunit more obscure than the jacket of Abbey Road."
It's been 20 years since Mark David Chapman shot John Lennon dead outside the Dakota, but overgrown groupie Neil Gulliver (The James Dean Affair, 2000, etc.) just can't get over it. Read full book review >