Search Results: "Samuel C. Florman"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2012

"Succeeds in demystifying the world of large-scale urban contracting, but will probably have more emotional resonance for older readers, in and out of the field."
A valedictory account of a life spent in large-building construction in New York City. Read full book review >

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THE INTROSPECTIVE ENGINEER by Samuel C. Florman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 1996

"Thus his contention that more engineers should involve themselves in political processes and policy discussions, unfortunately, self-destructs."
More soothing technological reassurances from writer-engineer Florman (Blaming Technology, 1981, etc.), here maintaining that we need more and better technological ``fixes,'' not fewer, and pleading for more engineers to become involved in running things. Read full book review >

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THE AFTERMATH by Samuel C. Florman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 11, 2001

"Contrived and dry, but resoundingly upbeat."
Can a few thousand well-intentioned engineers and scientists help 25,000 hearty, well-intentioned South Africans put the world back together after a comet wipes out most of the planet? You bet! Read full book review >

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WAGA'S BIG SCARE by Samuel Hiti
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"The ending may leave younger or more sensitive readers unsettled, so save this slim, adrenaline-fueled tale for those who crave a true, if ephemeral, fright. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Waga is a monster that is mean, tricky and possesses the "biggest scare." But when Waga loses that scare, the monster's very existence is in jeopardy. Read full book review >

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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS by Steve Samuel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 10, 2000

"High-tech gadgetry, low-grade storytelling: search in vain here for a hint of nuance."
A dismal debut thriller in which few, alas, have much use for the US government, especially those employed by it. Read full book review >

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THE CLANDESTINE HISTORY OF THE KOVNO JEWISH GHETTO POLICE by Samuel Schalkowsky
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2014

"Amid all the unspeakable brutality, cruelty, fear, loss and despair, hope somehow lingers until the final gunshot."
Some unknown members of the ghetto police chart both their own brief histories and the darkness of the human soul during the Holocaust in Lithuania. Read full book review >

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CLÉMENTINE IN THE KITCHEN by Samuel Chamberlain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2001

"In these present days of plenty, we imagine clogged arteries instead."
Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl includes this charming bit of nostalgia in her new "food series" (see below) partly because Chamberlain's "Clémentine"—his family's cuisiniere in prewar France—is such an "lovable and entertaining" character. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Limiting his discussion to legal protections without considering the problems of political action allows Walker to feel very good about rights but also reduces a potentially powerful analysis to a near polemic."
A simultaneously perceptive and myopic defense of rights. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL BECKETT: THE COMPLETE SHORT PROSE, 1929-1989 by Samuel Beckett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A laudable book, and essential for the serious student of Beckett."
By gathering Beckett's scattered short pieces, Gontarski has created a volume that few may choose to read whole, but that all with an interest in Beckett will welcome. Read full book review >