Search Results: "William Hoffer"


BOOK REVIEW

FREEFALL by William Hoffer
Released: April 18, 1989

Terror in the skies as a disabled Canadian Airlines 767 hurtles toward earth: another effective thrills-and-chills spectacle from disaster master Hoffer (coauthor of Not Without My Daughter and Midnight Express; author of Saved!: The Story of the Andrea Doria), here writing with his wife, a free-lance journalist. Read full book review >

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ADAMS V. TEXAS by Randall Adams
NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 1991

"A chilling, forthright account of a Kafkaesque nightmare, rendered with a remarkable lack of resentment."
In a shocking and absorbing narrative, Adams, a former inmate on death row, recounts his wrongful conviction for murder in 1976, his 13 years in a Texas prison, and the protracted legal and political battle to free him. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 1991

"The bottom line: pallid confessions from a scofflaw who seems to have only the vaguest perceptions of his misdeeds' significance. (Eight pages of photos—not seen.)"
If the text at hand is any indicator, the apologies of Wall Streeters at the center of the insider-trading scandals of the 1980's will be even less revelatory and ingratiating than those of Watergate accomplices who rushed into print after serving their time. Read full book review >

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WARRIORS IN EDEN by Mariano Gagnon
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A moderately gripping story of a modern-day hero, despite the warts. (Photos)"
A Franciscan missionary battles drug-runners and Shining Path terrorists on behalf of Peruvian Indians: a story competently told with the help of the Hoffers, specialists in coauthoring tales of Third World trauma (Midnight Express, Not Without My Daughter). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A good introduction to a watershed sports event that often reads like a book-length SI article—breezy, entertaining and not too deep."
Sports Illustrated senior writer Hoffer (Jackpot Nation: Rambling and Gambling Across Our Landscape of Luck, 2007, etc.) chronicles the racially charged 1968 Olympics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"What emerges in this well-researched assessment of a nasty problem are both the author's love for his discipline and his grief for the losses it has sustained."
A professor of history takes to the woodshed not only the recent high-profile plagiarizers and prevaricators (Bellesiles, Goodwin, Ambrose, Ellis) but also those whose acts of omission and commission made possible the whole dreary mess. Read full book review >

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BOUTS OF MANIA by Richard Hoffer
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 2014

"Plimpton or Mailer it isn't—not even Cosell. Still, fans of the sweet science should enjoy this shaggy yarn of a bygone contest and era."
Former Sports Illustrated senior writer Hoffer (Something in the Air: American Passion and Defiance in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, 2009, etc.) turns in a sprawling piece on the "riotous roundelay" that was the battle of three boxers for the world championship. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2006

"Timely and thoughtful, if not always well told."
Scholarly recounting of America's most catastrophic urban disasters, from the tipped-over lantern that set colonial Boston ablaze in 1760 to the flames that erupted when terrorist-piloted airliners slammed into the World Trade Center. Read full book review >

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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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BILLY'S BOOGER by William Joyce
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 2, 2015

"A zippy piece for readers who share Billy's tastes. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A boy funnels enthusiasm for monster movies, outer space, and snot into making a picture book for a school contest. Read full book review >