Search Results: "Thaddeus Russell"


BOOK REVIEW

LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >

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A RENEGADE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES by Thaddeus Russell
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"A sharp, lucid, entertaining view of the 'bad' American past."
Sure, you've got your Honest Abe and your steadfast Molly Pitcher, your Daniel Boone and Dale Evans. But how do the vice-ridden rest of us fit into American history? Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2001

"Perhaps more than anything, Russell's history of the Teamsters under Hoffa illustrates the vibrancy of the labor movement—for better or worse—during the middle 50 years of the 20th century. (8 pages of photographs, not seen)"
An unexpectedly enthralling academic account of Jimmy Hoffa's tactics and aspirations, from Barnard College historian Russell. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2001

"Monk's generally negative portrait may alienate the great man's devotees, but it's the product of meticulous research and balanced by the biographer's esteem for a great intellect and outsized personality. (illustrations not seen)"
An outstanding conclusion to the story begun in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996): the tragedy of a brilliant but flawed thinker who mistreated the humans closest to him while promoting humanity in the abstract. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Person offers an excellent guide to his legacy. (15 b&w photos)"
A concise, lucid tour of the writings and wide-ranging ideas of the American regarded in many quarters as "the founder of the modern conservative movement." Read full book review >

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BERTRAND RUSSELL by Caroline Moorehead
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Moorehead shapes Russell's complex character into a vivid and compelling portrait: an exemplary accomplishment. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs)"
Ambitious biography by Moorehead (ed., Betrayal, 1990, etc.) of one of the most fascinating of modern British lives, taking in a century of social and cultural upheaval. Read full book review >

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THE LEGACY OF GLORIA RUSSELL by Sheri Gilbert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2004

"Not worth the effort. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Billy is mourning the loss of his friend Gloria, who died suddenly of an aneurysm. Read full book review >

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RUSSELL THE SHEEP by Rob Scotton
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Quite a contrast to the usual run of ovine-driven snoozers, like Phyllis Root's Ten Sleepy Sheep, illustrated by Susan Gaber (2004). (Picture book. 6-8)"
Scotton makes a stylish debut with this tale of a sleepless sheep—depicted as a blocky, pop-eyed, very soft-looking woolly with a skinny striped nightcap of unusual length—trying everything, from stripping down to his spotted shorts to counting all six hundred million billion and ten stars, twice, in an effort to doze off. Read full book review >

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THE DEFENSE OF THADDEUS A. LEDBETTER by John Gosselink
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"It won't take long for readers to realize that Thaddeus is as weird and annoying as the students and faculty think he is, but there is something endearing about him, too, as readers will glean from the lively assemblage of documents. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Twelve-year-old Thaddeus A. Ledbetter has landed himself in In-School Suspension for the rest of the school year for performing his own safety drill at Crooked Creek Middle School. Read full book review >

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RUSSELL AND THE LOST TREASURE by Rob Scotton
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Place this take on the value of family pictures alongside the similarly themed likes of Amy Hest's Guess Who, Baby Duck (2004) and Deborah Blumenthal's Aunt Claire's Yellow Beehive Hair, illus by Mary GrandPré (2001). (Picture book. 6-8)"
The woolly with the big personality and the extremely long nightcap (Russell the Sheep, 2005) finds a buried chest filled with—well, not the "treasure" he's expecting. Read full book review >