Search Results: "Wesley J. Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A brilliantly constructed attack on corporate legal defenders that ends with a rousing call to lawyers to remember ethics and idealism, but likely to enrage more lawyers than it inspires."
A blistering attack on the tactics used by powerful lawyers to defend major corporations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Powerful arguments from a passionate, articulate, sometimes strident spokesman. (Author tour)"
An anti-euthanasia activist blasts the right-to-die forces, calling their goal ``a social experiment that will lead to cultural and ethical catastrophe.'' As the attorney for the International Anti-Euthanasia Task Force, Smith appears frequently on radio and television to argue against what he calls ``the death culture.'' Opponents of assisted suicide—Smith uses the terms ``assisted suicide'' and ``euthanasia'' interchangeably—will find this a valuable debating manual, for it presents the most common pro-euthanasia arguments and then provides considered responses to them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"An impressive marshalling of grim fact and outraged opinion."
Or, Unsafe at Any Altitude: a measured, albeit merciless, critique of commercial aviation's safety policies and practices. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WITNESS TO MURDER by Wesley J. Smith
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An inspired premise freighted with sincere melodrama."
And not just any witness, either—burned-out N.Y.C. reporter Neal Schacker watches his most ruthless enemy kill a man while he (Neal) is having an out-of-body experience, in this first novel by consumer- advocate Smith (The Doctor Book, The Lawyer Book). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOW YOU CAN by Wesley J. Forster
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 2013

"Solid principles for those who haven't yet begun to prepare for retirement."
A Certified Financial Planner and aviation enthusiast offers a breezy how-to debut in hopes of helping readers soar to their retirement goals with as little turbulence as possible. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A GOOD FAMILY by Peter J. Smith
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Despite some flat patches, then, a dead-on portrait of family unhappiness."
A somewhat stiff but nonetheless poignant meditation on a hard-drinking WASP family's unrealized promise and collective denial, by the author of Make-Believe Ballrooms (1989) and Highlights of the Off-Season, 1986. ``Jam'' Knowles, almost 40 and recently separated from his wife, breaks into the island home, off the southeastern coast of New England, where he summered as a boy to spend a few days with his memories. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An interesting bit of Americana well reported."
As Orange Coast editor in chief Smith (Straw Men, 2001, etc.) reports, the Federal Duck Stamp Program is one of the most successful government programs ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IF AMERICA WERE A VILLAGE by David J.  Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"The premise isn't new, but it's never been used to better effect for deepening the understanding that children have about the 306 million (and counting) other people with whom they share this land. (Informational picture book. 8-10)"
Smith and Armstrong follow up If the World Were a Village (2002) with a similarly eye-opening portrait of the United States as a "village" of 100 people (roughly one per 3,000,000). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POPCORN PARK ZOO by Wendy Pfeffer
ANIMALS
Released: June 3, 1992

"Brief glossary; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 8- 12)"
This unusual zoo in New Jersey takes in and cares for old, injured, handicapped, or unwanted animals, both wild and domestic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INCREDIBLE SPACE RAIDERS FROM SPACE! by Wesley King
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"If readers wanted to describe this book in Internet terms, they would be emoticons: wide-eyed surprise, tears at a few late revelations and many smiley faces at the end. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Jonah Hillcrest is not exactly a Marty Stu. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WORDS I CHOSE by Wesley McNair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"Sensibly wrought, without lyrical affectation."
A New England poet and teacher affectingly recalls finding his voice amid a rural New Hampshire childhood deeply scarred by divorce and discipline. Read full book review >