Search Results: "Steven Watts"


BOOK REVIEW

STEVEN SPIELBERG by John Baxter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 1997

"Despite some entertaining behind-the-scenes gossip, Baxter's biography is ultimately as superficial as he accuses Spielberg's films of being. (24 pages b&w photos)"
A slight biography of Spielberg, perhaps the most successful filmmaker of all time. Read full book review >

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SELF-HELP MESSIAH by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A fascinating portrait of the father of self-help and incisive analysis of the mercurial era that produced him."
Watts (Mr. Playboy: Hugh Hefner and the American Dream, 2008, etc.) recounts the life and times of motivational guru Dale Carnegie (1888-1955). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2005

"A smoothly written, comprehensive life of a man at once complex and superficial—truly an icon of the modern age."
Hailed in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, Henry Ford was "an American icon"—and, argues historian Watts, the principal architect of American consumer culture. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"A bibliography includes films, CDs, videos, interviews, and recordings, as well as books and articles. (glossary of filmmaking terms) (Biography. 10-15)"
E.T., Schindler's List, and An American Tale—these seemingly disparate movies all came from the mind of Steven Spielberg, arguably one of the most influential people in the history of cinema. Read full book review >

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STEVEN SPIELBERG by Virginia Meachum
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, most readers will find this no-frills, serviceable biography worth perusing. (chronology, filmography, footnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 11+)"
An entry in the People to Know series about the film director and producer, from his childhood as a Jew in non-Jewish communities through his establishment of DreamWorks SKG. Read full book review >

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MR. PLAYBOY by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Probably the last word on the man behind a million adolescent fantasies."
Detailed assessment of the debatably enviable life of America's bachelor. Read full book review >

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JFK AND THE MASCULINE MYSTIQUE by Steven Watts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A fresh perspective on a president whose style, legacy, and politics continue to inspire discussions about freedom and leadership values."
A focused cultural analysis of John F. Kennedy's "manly ethos." Read full book review >

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STEVEN SPIELBERG by Molly Haskell
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Compact, incisive, and witty—a great starting point for those interested in Spielberg's life and art."
The acclaimed director's work examined through the prism of his Jewish faith. Read full book review >

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EVEN STEVEN by John Gilstrap
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"Reading Gilstrap's third and most accomplished suspenser (At All Costs, 1998, etc.) is like listening to an all-menace radio station in which everyone everywhere is in maximum danger during every minute of the incredibly compressed 24 hours of the story. Think Mary Higgins Clark with teeth."
Another of Gilstrap's innocent families duels with police, the FBI, and serious druglords over the child they've reluctantly kidnapped. Read full book review >

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STEVEN SPIELBERG by Joseph McBride
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Film history at its best: rich in information, often dazzling in perception. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A penetrating, incisive biography of the young but already legendary filmmaker. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Like pirate radio itself: worth tuning in to, but in the end the signal's too weak."
A journalist looks back on her adventures in the outlaw world of low-power radio during the '90s. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF STEVEN by Steven T. Stevenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A strangely effective blend: an optimistic book about suicide."
A fast-paced fantasy novel about suicide and what comes after. Read full book review >