Search Results: "W. Michael Blumenthal"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1998

An utterly absorbing account of German Jewry from the early 18th century to the Holocaust as reflected in six individuals (five men and one woman) who were ancestors of the author's. Read full book review >

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FROM EXILE TO WASHINGTON by W. Michael Blumenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2013

"Blumenthal's astute understanding of history allows him to ably demonstrate the significance of good leadership."
Memoir/history of the political leadership of the 20th century, from the former secretary of the treasury under President Jimmy Carter. Read full book review >

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WEINSTOCK AMONG THE DYING by Michael Blumenthal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"With nods to Dante, Philip Roth, and a host of others, this is cultured and pleasantly satirical—but for all its psychological insight, it still lacks consistency, proving an unstable mix of deep family traumas and hip Harvard-bashing."
Poet Blumenthal, former director of Creative Writing at Harvard, lampoons that university's hallowed halls and the oddballs who roam them in his fictional debut—a lascivious and witty but all-too-entre-nous and familiar tale of academic life. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: May 24, 2011

"An informative, insightful account of a fascinating period of American history. (glossary, bibliography, source notes) (Nonfiction. 12 & up)"
When Congress passed the 18th Amendment, prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcohol, supporters were convinced it would create a stronger, more moral nation. Instead, it ushered in an era of corruption and lawlessness, here brought to life with a fast-paced, gripping narrative and period photographs. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"A strong regional true-crime tale with disturbing noirish undertones and undeniable spiritual flair."
An engrossing examination of an Ozarks triple murder and its strangely sympathetic perpetrator, who avoided execution via the pope's intervention. Read full book review >

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A FOREVER DEATH by Michael W. Sherer
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Saddest of all, Ward treats the guest from the opening party sequence, when she finally returns, with a virtuous condescension that makes you just want to slap him."
After a fellow party guest inspires him to a brief, utterly unmotivated spat that's by far the most interesting episode in his humdrum fifth appearance, Chicago freelance writer Emerson Ward (Death Came Dressed in White, not reviewed, etc.) leaves at the behest of his old friend Brady (Puppy) Barnes, a commercial photographer who's in deep trouble. Read full book review >

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THE ATHENA FACTOR by W. Michael Gear
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2005

"Comic-book stuff, but bound for glory."
The lives of a plucky but overworked film goddess and a plucky but disgraced FBI agentess converge in the machinations of an evil Saudi prince whose biotech ambitions will bring the world baby Elvises and Princess Dis on demand. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2010

"A knowledgeable, clearly written exposé."
Another look at the subprime mortgage lending meltdown, with a focus on the predatory housing finance corporation Ameriquest and the once-venerable Wall Street firm of Lehman Brothers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1997

"Still, this is a winning ethnography of some unusual religious sects."
A thoughtful, detailed exploration of three small but growing fundamentalist groups within postVatican II American Catholicism. Read full book review >