Search Results: "William Arkin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A mixture of investigative reporting and advocacy journalism that shines light in dark corners but is ultimately depressing because the authors seem convinced that the paranoia and its dangerous offshoots will never dissipate."
A newsworthy examination demonstrating that U.S. government secrecy is eroding civil liberties, busting the federal budget, contributing to deaths in unauthorized wars and spreading paranoia among large portions of the citizenry. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN COUP by William M. Arkin
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"A systematic discussion that provides a well-documented basis for assessing future developments."
National security expert Arkin (Divining Victory: Airpower in the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah War, 2011, etc.) follows up Top Secret America: The Rise of the New Security State (2011, co-authored with Dana Priest) with this report on America's secret government. Read full book review >

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ONE PRESENT FROM FLEKMAN'S by Alan Arkin
Released: May 31, 1999

"Readers will feel as punished as Grampa by the end; although Egielski's illustrations—looser and with flatter perspectives than usual—are well-done, he doesn't turn that washcloth into anything that will excite envy or understanding. (Picture book. 5-8)"
PLB 0-06-024531-X An overlong story features a girl who has the equivalent of a nervous breakdown at a toy store. Read full book review >

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CASSIE LOVES BEETHOVEN by Alan Arkin
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Whether readers' acquaintance with great music is intimate or just nodding, this epiphanic episode is sure to incite laughter and deeper thoughts. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Never has music wrought more profound change than in this engaging bucolic tale from the author of Some Fine Grampa! (1995). Read full book review >

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HEDWIG AND BERTI by Frieda Arkin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2005

"A bravura encore worth the wait."
German-Jewish couple escape the Holocaust but not their accursed heritage. Read full book review >

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UNMANNED by William M. Arkin
NON-FICTION
Released: July 28, 2015

"This well-informed but quirky analysis of the development of drone warfare and its ongoing effect on the nation's military strategy is the latest lament for the disappearance of personal honor and valor from warfare that began in 1914."
"I see drones and the Data Machine they serve…as the greatest threat to our national security, our safety, and our very way of life," writes journalist Arkin (American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution, 2013, etc.) in this idiosyncratic survey of the American military's use of drones, from the war in Bosnia to the present day.Read full book review >

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CAPTAIN HAWAII by Anthony Dana Arkin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"A rip-roaring, rollicking good debut from Arkin. (Fiction. 11-14)"
Arron Pendleton, 16, goes to Hawaii for a vacation with his family. Read full book review >

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AN IMPROVISED LIFE by Alan Arkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2011

"Earnest, intelligent and well-observed—less a celebrity memoir than a serious consideration of the principles of acting and improvisation."
The famous funnyman gets serious about his profession. Read full book review >

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THE BIGGEST HORSE I EVER DID SEE by Susan Arkin Couture
ANIMALS
Released: May 11, 1997

"Ewart's pale watercolors valiantly attempt to convey the passage of time and communicate the love felt by the boy for those great, wild steeds. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A story from Couture (Melanie Jane, 1996) with obvious promise—about the bonds that ripen between people and animals, and about the connection between continuity and place—that gives way to one simple, forgettable refrain. Read full book review >

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MELANIE JANE by Susan Arkin Couture
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 30, 1996

"For actual silliness and less moralistic fervor, stick with Stieg's Spinky Sulks (1988). (Picture book. 3-6)"
Bright colors and winsome illustrations cannot sweeten this didactic rhyming tale from two picture-book newcomers. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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