Search Results: "Walter R. Borneman"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2008

"A lucid, often witty account of a remarkably assertive leader whom historians, when polled, consider one of our near-great presidents."
A spirited biography of one of the most effective single-term presidents (1845-1849) who promoted war against Mexico and left office having vastly expanded both American borders and the powers of the executive office. Read full book review >

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1812 by Walter R. Borneman
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A solid performance, though, placing key events in a larger perspective without playing down the vast stupidity of many of the participants."
Western historian Borneman (Alaska, 2003, etc.) argues that the war of 1812, often dismissed as a sideshow to European events, had a profound impact on US history. Read full book review >

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MACARTHUR AT WAR by Walter R. Borneman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A no-holds-barred portrait of a controversial figure and a feast for World War II aficionados."
An examination of the reputation of Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964), at one point the most admired of all the generals on the Allied side of World War II. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN SPRING by Walter R. Borneman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2014

"Although Kevin Phillips (1775) and Nathaniel Philbrick (Bunker Hill) have recently trod the same ground, Borneman adds a first-rate contribution."
An extremely detailed, opinionated account of events in 1775 Massachusetts ending (despite the title) two months after the famous skirmishes in the June Battle of Bunker Hill. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"An accomplished, readable history lesson."
Prolific author and historian Borneman (Rival Rails: The Race to Build America's Greatest Transcontinental Railroad, 2010, etc.) fashions a comparative history involving four five-star admirals whose tireless efforts and relative strengths tell the moving story of triumph and tragedy during World War II. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2006

"Adds color and animation to a familiar but faded photograph."
The French and Indian War (1754-63) established British dominance over France in North America but sowed sufficient local discontent that some colonists began to think the unthinkable: revolution. Read full book review >

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ALASKA by Walter R. Borneman
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"A sensitive background to the 49th state, capably finessing conflicts, then shifting gears to take the narrative off on a pleasing storytelling spin. (maps)"
A panoramic history of Alaska, encyclopedic but as handy as a guidebook, from western historian Borneman. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"Railroad buffs will be delighted to note that the great project chronicled here is still unfolding, with the hotly contested corridor between Chicago and Los Angeles still 'one of the most heavily traveled rail routes in North America.'"
Workmanlike history of the post-Civil War effort to lace the western United States with steel rails. Read full book review >

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WALTER by Barbara Wersba
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Funny and poignant by turns, here's a sweetly quirky love story of letters. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A small but very nearly perfect gem depicts the growing friendship between a literarily-minded rat and an aging author of children's books. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2008

"Able tribute to a boundary-smashing activist."
Compact, insightful biography seeks to restore the historical importance of the energetic, light-skinned NAACP secretary whose leadership laid the groundwork for the civil-rights movement. Read full book review >

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R-HU by Leslie Scalapino
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Demanding and strange, at times curiously affecting, more often simply infuriating."
The r-hu, we're told, is a Mongolian stringed instrument. Read full book review >