Search Results: "William M. Arkin"


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 >

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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 >

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

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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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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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

Leo & I and the Ghost of Cézanne by William M. Weyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2013

"A touching, atmospheric painter's tribute."
Weyman's pleasant debut memoir celebrates the legacy of his artistic mentor, German painter and lithographer Leo Marchutz (1903-1976). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Writing with Billy Joe Chambers's full cooperation, Adler has produced a remarkable record of the day-to-day operation of an enormously successful drug operation. (Author tour)"
An incisive rags-to-riches-to-prison tale of a dirt-poor family from the Arkansas Delta that capitalized on the booming Detroit crack market in the 1980s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Murphy, if neglecting the wider artistic developments of the Irish revival around them, exhaustively chronicles the family's multifaceted creative personalities. (101 illustrations, not seen)"
Ably following his National Book Awardnominated biography of John Butler Yeats (Prodigal Father, not reviewed), Murphy creates a detailed portrait of the Yeats family that establishes it as one rivaling the Jameses for genius. ``We are not a normal family,'' confessed Yeats once to a correspondent, understating the matter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A cautionary tale of free markets run amuck. Adler (Land of Opportunity, 1995) has produced an intelligent work of industrial history."
A first-rate account of the complex social, political, and economic factors that turned an $8-an-hour Paterson, New Jersey, job into one that paid 65 cents an hour in Mexico. Read full book review >