Search Results: "William M. Arkin"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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MRS. RAVENBACH'S WAY by William M. Akers
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 8, 2016

"An edgy, subversive revenge fantasy in which kids speak truth to power. (Fiction. 9-11)"
A tyrannical fourth-grade teacher wreaks havoc in a young boy's life, until a day of reckoning changes everything. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 12, 2001

"An unusual and important approach to an uneasy history."
A grisly but well-executed compendium of the extreme cruelty practiced by American Indians and settlers alike during the 268 years of the Indian Wars. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Of interest mostly to those concerned about the health of American higher education, but Chace's quiet, modest voice is intelligent and appealing."
A guided tour of academe, from the author's years as a student at Haverford in the 1950s through his recent retirement as president of Emory University. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A do-better lecture from an ivory-tower tenant, marred his inability to analyze, let alone explain, the ideals he professes and the institutions he challenges."
An academic's murky, meandering, and tedious case for the arguable proposition that America's learned professions should pay more systematic attention to the common weal. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A welcome addition that helps fill a gap in the study of African-American history and American intellectual history. (photos, not seen)"
Thorough research, lively interviews with modern artists and scholars, and thoughtful analysis combine to offer a portrait of the problems black intellectuals have faced in America and the variety of ways blacks have discussed and dealt with those problems over the last two centuries. Read full book review >