Search Results: "Thomas A. Reppetto"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"A fine backgrounder and basic guide to American mob war stories to the middle of the 20th century. (16-page b&w photo insert, not seen)"
A particularly well-qualified reporter offers a broad survey of an industry that, as it destroyed the competition, regularly co-opted, enlisted, out-thought, and out-gunned sheriffs and G-men. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"Less nuanced—and, on the whole, less interesting—than George De Stefano's An Offer We Can't Refuse (2006)."
Is Sopranos-style organized crime on the way out? Yes, says former Chicago PD detective commander Reppetto (American Mafia, 2003)—yes, but no. Read full book review >

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A TIGER CALLED THOMAS by Charlotte Zolotow
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A heartening episode to share with any shy newcomer. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Now reissued with its third set of illustrations, this 1963 text of Zolotow's remains timeless—not least because the people in it, uncharacteristically, are named rather than generic. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON BUILDS A LIBRARY by Barb Rosenstock
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Sure to be enjoyed, this is an engaging study of one of our Founding Father's great legacies. (selected bibliography, source notes) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
This unusual picture-book biography fosters a new understanding of Thomas Jefferson's life as viewed through his love of books and its impact on our burgeoning nation. Read full book review >

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THOMAS JEFFERSON GROWS A NATION by Peggy Thomas
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"It is no small feat to choose but a few facts about such a well-documented life; the choices made and the method of telling are both exemplary. (timeline, further information, notes) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Using Thomas Jefferson's own admissions of passion for both his new country and agriculture, details are given about a few of his activities, inventions, and accomplishments, beginning after the Revolutionary War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. Read full book review >

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FANTASIA ON A THEME OF THOMAS TALLIS by Vaughn Petterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2010

"A love story lost in a mishmash of intellectual curiosities."
A rich womanizer finds unexpected love with an ailing Mexican immigrant through their shared interest in music, art and literature. Read full book review >

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NYPD by James Lardner
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 23, 2000

"A most well-written and evenhanded book on a large and slippery subject, one that officers and civilians alike should find informative and thought-provoking."
Just the Facts: a sprawling, often dramatic account of the New York Police Department that explores the relationship of criminality, corruption, and law enforcement to the developing metropolis. Read full book review >

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A GREY MOON OVER CHINA by Thomas A. Day
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 23, 2006

"Inventive, disturbing, intriguingly populated and utterly fascinating: an altogether remarkable debut."
Uncompromising dramatization of the futility of violence. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Some mild friction between two bright men sparks striking observations about music."
Edited transcripts of nine intense interviews with the celebrated British composer. Read full book review >

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DYLAN THOMAS by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2004

"Scrupulously researched but overly detailed."
The British biographer of Ian Fleming and Rudyard Kipling memorializes the chaotic and abbreviated existence of the 20th century's most Romantic poet. Read full book review >

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DOUBTING THOMAS by Atle Naess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

This 1997 novel by a prominent Norwegian author assembles the testimony of nine "witnesses" to explain a scandalous incident in the year 1606: it seems the celebrated (and impulsive) painter killed a man in a duel, then fled from Rome into a prolonged exile. Read full book review >