Search Results: "William C. Dietz"


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RUNNER by William C. Dietz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"For fans of space opera and action/adventure, this one is not to be missed."
Far-future, planet-hopping adventure, the first in a new series from the author of The Legion of the Damned novels (For Those Who Fell, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEATHDAY by William C. Dietz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"Against Dietz's plucky, paper-thin human characters, his flimsy aliens, based on Imperial Chinese and European colonial stereotypes, do not stand a chance."
Routine alien invasion story of blithely nasty outerspace insects and a bickering bunch of humans who, in this first in a series, decide to fight back. Read full book review >

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ANDROMEDA'S FALL by William C. Dietz
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Mostly predictable, but no less of a page turner for all that."
Beginning a sort of prequel series to Dietz's Legion of the Damned cycle (A Fighting Chance, 2011, etc.), these are the far-future exploits of what is currently known as the French Foreign Legion. Read full book review >

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LOGOS RUN by Willam C. Dietz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"Some arresting ideas, but given only a cursory workout in favor of nonstop action and starship velocity."
Second adventure in Dietz's planet-hopping, far-future series (Runner, 2005). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2001

"Told with a sure voice and in clear delight of the period, Davis draws a sharp picture not merely of Toombs and Stephens, but of all the politicking of the Antebellum and Civil War South."
A crisp story capturing the important roles played by Georgia natives Toombs and Stephens in the birth of the Confederacy, from prolific historian Davis (Bluegrass Confederate, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"A fine analysis of the way in which myth-making can distort history. (23 photos, not seen)"
Veteran Civil War historian Davis, expanding on themes delineated in his earlier books (A Government of Our Own, 1994, etc.), outlines the myths and distortions that have traditionally prevented Americans from seeing the Confederacy in its true light. Read full book review >

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Released: March 9, 1993

"A revelatory record that confirms history's verdict on one of the Third World's least appealing strongmen. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
In the aftermath of his 1969 reelection as president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos began keeping a secret diary. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2005

"Davis considers the Laffites to have been more entrepreneurs than pirates, ambitious but hapless, 'men of temporal success but lifetime failure.' A splendid telling of their endlessly interesting tale."
Prolific historian Davis (Lone Star Rising, 2004, etc.), director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies, serves up a highly engaging chronicle of the brothers Laffite, anarchist princes of the early republic. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2002

"There probably have been too many books written about the Civil War—James Thurber once suggested that fines be levied on authors of new ones. Davis, though, admirably sheds some new light on an old topic."
Historian Davis (Lincoln's Men, 1999, etc.) offers a thoughtful social and political history of the Confederacy, without the usual emphasis on armies and battles. Read full book review >

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IN THE TENTH HOUSE by Laura Dietz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Newcomer Dietz's fevered, often cryptic style makes for a narrative fascinating and annoying in equal measures."
This historical fiction about a doctor's attempt to expose a fake medium dramatizes the uneasy juncture of two highly controversial if burgeoning movements in 1890s England: spiritualism and Freudian psychology. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2004

"An engaging study, full of odd twists and forgotten episodes."
Just in time for the big-budget remake of The Alamo: not a tie-in, but a learned account of how Texas came to be an independent republic, and then the Lone Star State. Read full book review >

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JEFFERSON DAVIS by William C. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 1991

"A dispassionate, well-researched, and skillful biography of a complex and controversial figure. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A fine, objective portrait in paradox, shrewdly detailing how Jefferson Davis's character flaws rendered him woefully unsuited to be President of the Confederacy. Read full book review >