Search Results: "Thomas E. Simmons"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2013

"An inspiring affirmation that celebrates the old adage that where there's a will, there's a way, even against seemingly impossible odds."
The forgotten history of John Charles Robinson (1903-1954), a pioneer African-American aviator and educator. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 1991

"Nonetheless, the details of this Christian Science upbringing enthrall."
Delicate look at an unusual childhood by an author who has published poems and essays in The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor. Read full book review >

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A SEASON IN THE AIR by Thomas Simmons
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A fascinating yet disturbing look at flying and self- discovery."
An unusual melding of the author's experiences as a pilot and his hunger to take control of his life. Read full book review >

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FALLING SIDEWAYS by Thomas E.  Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"A clever spoof about work and the relationships formed there."
A week in the life of a group of worker bees whose firm is becoming unhinged. Read full book review >

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CHURCHILL AND ORWELL by Thomas E. Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 2017

"A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach."
A joint biography of two men who "led the way, politically and intellectually, in responding to the twin totalitarian threats of fascism and communism" in the mid-20th century. Read full book review >

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BENEATH THE NEON EGG by Thomas E.  Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"It's a mess and offers little relief from the dreary solipsism that is the novel's hallmark."
With this fourth stand-alone volume, Kennedy's Copenhagen Quartet draws to a desultory close. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Informed readers, especially military buffs, will appreciate this provocative, blistering critique of a system where accountability appears to have gone missing—like the author's 2006 bestseller, Fiasco, this book is bound to cause heartburn in the Pentagon."
Foreign Policy contributing editor Ricks (The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, 2009, etc.) assesses the state of generalship in the U.S. Army and finds it wanting. Read full book review >

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INFORMING THE NEWS by Thomas E. Patterson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A well-organized and detailed book that underlines the need for remedial policy action and effective oversight."
Patterson (Government and the Press/Harvard Univ.; The Vanishing Voter: Public Involvement in an Age of Uncertainty, 2002, etc.) delivers an impressive evaluation of a crisis he identifies as just as bad, if not worse, than that associated with the "yellow journalism" of the early 1900s. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A carefully researched, engrossing addition to WW II history and the history of covert operations."
A fascinating study of the efforts of British intelligence to push America out of its isolationist stance and into the Allied camp during the early days of WW II. Read full book review >

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MAKING THE CORPS by Thomas E. Ricks
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A revelatory briefing on what sets the USMC apart and the consequences of its superiority during a postCold War era when, for all the talk of peace dividends, the wider world remains an armed and dangerous place. (16 pages photos, maps, not seen) (Radio satellite tour)"
Wall Street Journal Pentagon correspondent Ricks effectively combines a vivid account of the rigorous basic training received by US Marine recruits with commentary on what separates the demanding, disciplined culture of America's military elite from the more permissive culture of its civilian society. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 2016

"A bracing call for a crucial bit of reformation in American politics."
A reformist jeremiad looks at the current domination of U.S. political parties and declares a plague on all their houses. Read full book review >

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SAVAGE by Thomas E. Sniegoski
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 31, 2016

"Think of Hitchcock's The Birds, only more intense and with many more animals. (Thriller. 12-18)"
Three teens are trapped when a hurricane hits their New England island with more than just wind and water. Read full book review >