Search Results: "William R. Handley"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2011

"A diverse consideration of a landmark film, but repetitive and hampered by too many ivory-tower harangues."
Brokeback Mountain—film or phenomenon? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRES OF PRIDE by William R. Trotter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Excessive, obsessive, overlong but filled with moments of grandeur, insight, tearful tragedy, and rousing derring-do: War and Peace, American style."
A long, exhausting but worthy conclusion to The Sands of Pride (2002), following the roles of more than fifty historical and fictional characters depicting North Carolina's role in the Civil War. Read full book review >

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THE SANDS OF PRIDE by William R. Trotter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2002

"A success both as guts-and-glory melodrama and as a collection of eye-opening true stories from the Civil War."
Monumental, bombs-bursting-in-air epic of nearly 50 characters who fight, steal, seduce, scheme, and have the time of their lives in and around Civil War-era North Carolina. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Although Clark insists that if one is to understand molecular medicine, one must first understand molecular biology, those who find his biology lectures too academic for comfort can still savor the well-wrought medical and ethical discussions."
An exposition of the revolutionary changes in medicine coming in the next century as well as discussion of some of the ethical problems these will create. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Still, these are minor lapses in what is otherwise a sturdy and erudite overview of one of the most complex periods of thought."
Everdell (The End of Kings, 1983) presents one of the more accessible studies of early Modernism (up to WW I), relying on a ``big name'' approach to dissect the meanings of one of the most slippery terms in all of cultural criticism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1992

"Occasionally repetitious, but, overall, a freshly observed and stimulating look at an underappreciated facet of the Big Apple. (Forty-seven b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
Ten sprightly yet scholarly essays on the interplay between N.Y.C. and such elements of ``commercial culture'' as vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, and the sports pages. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2000

"Brilliant historical narrative that celebrates, in family members and the nation as a whole, an abundance of heroism, tragedy, guts, and glory."
A distinguished historian's fascinating WASP roots narrative that excels as family saga, revisionist American history, and inquiry into what we can possibly know about the past. Read full book review >

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PILLAR TO THE SKY by William R. Forstchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Unlike some of the futuristic novels to which it will be compared, Forstchen's work is as convincingly told as it is diverting."
Unhappy with America's moribund space program at a time when the world is desperate for new energy sources and technology, visionary rocket scientist Gunther Rothenberg devises a controversial supertower that stretches up some 23,000 miles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A lucid, absorbing analysis of the theory and reality underpinning three centuries of insurgent movements."
A captivating but disquieting examination of how insurgencies begin, grow, persist and either succeed or fail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVENTH SLEEPER by William R. Dantz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 18, 1991

"Formulaic and far-fetched, but piping hot, with zippy plot turns and imaginative use of the colorful Florida scenery."
An idealistic young physician fights a diabolical medical conspiracy in the latest stethoscope-suspenser by...W.R. Philbrick (Walk on the Water, p. 217, etc.), writing as Dantz (the paperback Pulse, 1990), writing a lot like Robin Cook. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"Humanizing, a valuable panorama of US classical music culture, and an irresistible inducement to seek out the Mitropoulos performances left to us on records. (66 b&w photos, not seen)"
A first-rate biographical study of one of the century's more important conductors, Dimitri Mitropoulos (18961960). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2005

"Learned, constantly engaging and full of pointed lessons for those wondering why the war has not ended, peace has not come, and no one in Iraq save Halliburton seems liberated."
A supremely helpful companion to, and gloss on, the news from Iraq—news that, to all appearances, we'll be reading for years to come. Read full book review >