Search Results: "Tom Shachtman"


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ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"For a better-written, more compelling fantasy that considers the same themes, see Ruth Park's My Sister Sif (p. 675). (Fiction. 11-13)"
In the last of a trilogy, sea-lion Daniel au Fond achieves his heart's desires—gathering representatives of the 13 tribes of seagoing mammals, and finding Pacifica, where legend says his kind and humans once lived harmoniously together—only to discover that his quest has just begun. Read full book review >

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TOM by Daniel Torres
by Daniel Torres, translated by Julie Simmons-Lynch, illustrated by Daniel Torres
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Then again, this book is supposed to be about art, so maybe the words don't matter. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Torres's first book is a big tribute to New York City and a little satire about the superficiality of the public's taste in art, wrapped in a story about a dinosaur. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Remarkable view of a war that not only advanced but politicized science, perhaps forever."
A comprehensive analysis of how mobilization and management of scientists—and their research and resultant technologies—produced an array of weapons for the Allies that ranged from horrific to unbelievable. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Despite the limitations of his pedestrian prose style, Shachtman conveys the drama of simple daily life in New York small business, and no one who reads this will ever walk down a city street and see it in quite the same way again. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Shachtman returns to the turf of his 1991 Skyscraper Dreams, the business world of New York City, for a study of one year in the life of an urban block. Read full book review >

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TOM by Lyle Leverich
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Affectionate and affecting, dense with arresting detail, likely to be definitive. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the New Yorker)"
Artistically and psychologically acute biography of the great American poet-playwright. Read full book review >

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TOM by Tomie dePaola
by Tomie dePaola, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"A delightfully offbeat vignette of boyish mischief reinforcing the bond between generations; dePaola's handsomely designed illustrations have unusual warmth here, subtly expressing the characters' affection. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Another autobiographical story from dePaola, this time about his grandfather, who ingenuously explains that "We're named after each other, Tommy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"The author makes a convincing case that, without France, the United States may never have gained independence."
Financial support and the Marquis de Lafayette were only parts of France's contribution to America's success against England. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A well-researched, lively entry into the current debate about the role of science in a democracy."
Shachtman (American Iconoclast: The Life and Times of Eric Hoffer, 2011, etc.) makes a strong case for the importance of science and technology in the creation of the United States. Read full book review >

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RUMSPRINGA by Tom Shachtman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"Nevertheless, a riveting and instructive portrait."
Even Amish teenagers need to blow off steam. Read full book review >

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ABSOLUTE ZERO AND THE CONQUEST OF COLD by Tom Shachtman
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Despite Shachtman's uneven treatment, there emerges here a disarming portrait of an exquisite, ferocious, world-ending extreme."
An intriguing but ponderous history of controlled cold and the pursuit of absolute zero. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2009

"A valuable case study of the effectiveness of NGOs when they are operated with care and confidence."
The story of communal American liberality 50 years ago and how it affected today's world, retrieved from the files of an almost forgotten nongovernmental organization. Read full book review >