Search Results: "Steven Axelrod"


BOOK REVIEW

NANTUCKET SAWBUCK by Steven Axelrod
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Although shifts in chronology and point of view further complicate an already dense plot, Axelrod has a gift for characterization and a strong lead in Kennis. Nantucketers might bristle at the cynical portrait of their home, but his mystery debut gives the island as much personality as its varied inhabitants."
A ruthless entrepreneur cheats everyone but death. Read full book review >

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NANTUCKET GRAND by Steven Axelrod
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A beautiful island made ugly by class warfare makes a convincing backdrop for Chief Kennis' third case (Nantucket Five-Spot, 2015, etc.)."
An intricate chain of crimes set off during Nantucket's avowedly quiet season leaves the shrewd poet/police chief little time for versification. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"Clear, persuasive, and readable, though incomplete and misleadingly organized."
Here, Axelrod, director of the Public Enterprise Project of the Rockefeller Institute of Government, argues that public authorities (government corporations) have grown to such an extent that they now constitute a ``shadow government'' whose activities are largely beyond electoral control. Read full book review >

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YOUR FRIEND IN FASHION, ABBY SHAPIRO by Amy Axelrod
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2011

"Funny, lively, sensitive—a real winner. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
In 1959, a spunky 12-year-old decides to make some money to buy a Barbie doll by writing to her Senator's beautiful wife, Jackie Kennedy, in this truly funny debut novel. Read full book review >

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LOST DESTINY by Alan Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Within the frame of this sad family drama, the author delivers deeply technical details of aviation and bomb-making."
A probing, technical exploration of the competition between the two eldest Kennedy brothers that probably drove Joe Jr. to volunteer for his last fatal flying mission. Read full book review >

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PATTON by Alan Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2006

"Like Patton at his best: polished, precise and persuasive."
George Patton revolutionizes warfare while struggling with his inner demons during times of peace. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A solid exposition of the struggles for the peltries of North America as they established the economy and the politics of the new country and wrote its history."
In a conversational style, Axelrod (Generals South, Generals North: The Commanders of the Civil War Reconsidered, 2011) explains how the beaver's pelt was the impetus that brought the English and French to North America and instigated their quarrels as they strove to control the New World. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2007

"Readers depressed after four years of ambiguity in Iraq may cheer up at this chronicle of a battle in a war in which our allies appreciated us, and the enemy fought according to the rules."
Despite the book's claim, the Marines' bloody 1918 victory did not turn the tide of World War I, but it remains an impressive achievement. Axelrod (Patton, 2006, etc.) offers a worshipful but lively account. Read full book review >

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THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR by Alan Axelrod
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 17, 2016

"Students of American history who are not familiar with the artist's work can find these paintings elsewhere but will appreciate the showcase—more, likely, than they do the sketchy narrative accounts. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
A broad overview of the American Revolution's causes and course, paired to select works from a renowned and prolific history painter. Read full book review >

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THE BULLET CATCH by Amy Axelrod
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"An absorbing mystery enhanced by its intriguing backdrop. (Historical mystery. 10-14)"
The Axelrods take readers to World War I-era New York City for a tale of magic, mystery and crime. Read full book review >

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THE LAW OF LOVING OTHERS by Kate Axelrod
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Family mental illness is rarely explored in novels for teens, but this one, trudging a well-worn path across too-familiar terrain, fails to fill the void. (Fiction. 15-18)"
Home for the holidays from her posh Pennsylvania boarding school, high school junior Emma is shocked to learn her mother's long-hidden schizophrenia has resurfaced. Read full book review >