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The Age of Gold : the California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

[Longhorn Review] The Age of Gold : the California Gold Rush and the New American Dream

Material Type: All, books — Tags: california, history — Posted on January 26, 2010, 3:58 pm

By: Brands, H. W.

This is a pioneering book that takes the California Gold Rush into a national
perspective. Not local history but the integration of the Golden State into the
fiber of American history. Well done and highly recommended.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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The Beatles, Untold Tales

[Longhorn Review] The Beatles, Untold Tales

Material Type: All, books — Posted on January 26, 2010, 3:49 pm

By: DeWitt, Howard A

This is one of the finest books on the Beatles early years. Not only is it filled
with solid scholarship but it brings about new material. The author writes very
well. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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The Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath

[Longhorn Review] The Crazy Iris and Other Stories of the Atomic Aftermath

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: nuclear war social outcomes, nuclear war survivors — Posted on January 19, 2010, 1:16 pm

By: Kenzaburō Ōe

Readers who have read John Hersey's Hiroshima will find here a gentler
investigation of the psychological, emotional and long-term effects of the nuclear
detonations over Japan. This is a book of the small gesture, the pinpoint insight,
and a book of longing for what cannot be recovered. Readers of this book who can
bear it should also read Hersey's more clinical account of the events and their
aftermath.

As literature, this collection, which includes stories by a range of
authors, is not timeless art. But as a collective cry of the pain and resilience of
the human spirit and of culture over the barbarity of modern warfare, every single
story achieves its ambitions. The dislocation of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors
colors their every experience of subsequent life and memory, and the effects ripple
down through the years and across the society until at last time closes over them.

In the decades since the close of WWII, we have become jaded by constant exposure to
apocalyptic media visions, while simultaneously the threat of nuclear war has
evolved from the idea of global holocaust to the more insidious acceptance of the
eventual likelihood of limited nuclear exchange. Everyone, no matter what their
beliefs, should meditate on the all-too-human revelations to be found in The Crazy
Iris and books like it, and ask themselves whether, as a species, we have the
requisite compassion to survive our own creations.

Reviewer: Dennis Trombatore

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An Indian winter

[Longhorn Review] An Indian winter

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: Indianer, Indians, Karl Bodmer, Painter, Prince Maximilian zu Wied, Prinz Maximilian zu Wied, Schriftsteller, Writer — Posted on November 23, 2009, 12:38 pm

By: Freedman, Russell

Review From Publishers Weekly

"The Newbery Medalist returns to the subject matter
of Indian Chiefs and Buffalo Hunt --though with a narrower scope--in this recounting
of the 1833-1834 expedition of Prince Maximilian of Germany and the artist Karl
Bodmer up the Missouri River. While Maximilian's own journal provides details of a
difficult trek, the book's primary focus is the winter spent by Bodmer and the
Prince with the Mandan and Hidatsa tribes--details of their daily lives, customs,
modes of dress and beliefs. The book is generously if unevenly illustrated, chiefly
with works by Bodmer, whose watercolors of individuals are direct and immediate.
However, engravings later produced in Europe seem stereotyped, and several large oil
paintings are not well reproduced. Background information and sites to visit today
fill out the volume. Readers of Freedman's other titles on Native American topics
will find much of interest here, though some may question the reliability of two
European dilettantes concerning a culture they visited only briefly. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc."

Taken From: Amazon.com - (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0823409309)

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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The Baroque and classical trumpet

[Longhorn Review] The Baroque and classical trumpet

Material Type: All, music — Tags: baroque, classical, lp, trumpet — Posted on November 4, 2009, 10:46 am

By: Murray Hill Records

Apparently, Murray Hill records was a subsidiary of Random House, and mainly
re-released excellent material. Other sources claim this boxed set was released in
1970. Gorgeously recorded. My pressing is quite good -- I can not remark on the
condition of those at this library. Interesting academic material in the liner
notes.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Crank

[Longhorn Review] Crank

Material Type: All, books — Posted on October 22, 2009, 3:20 pm

By: Hopkins, Ellen

I think this book gives a great view into the life of an impressionable teenage
girl suddenly immersed in the world of illegal drugs. Kristina starts using meth
after a short stay at her estranged father's home. She continues to use it for
recreation purposes but soon develops a dependency on it and what was left of her
previous life disappears. Make sure to read the sequel, "Glass". Kristina's life
get's even worse.

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The common place book of William Turner, M.D.

[Longhorn Review] The common place book of William Turner, M.D.

Material Type: All, books — Posted on October 22, 2009, 1:55 pm

By: Turner, William

Many notes in Latin and Greek. Several hands. One page includes notes about king
Charles the first, which cannot have been written by William Turner. The microfilm
seems to include copies of two different books.

Reviewer: F. Deconinck-Brossard

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The art of Harvey Kurtzman : the mad genius of comics

[Longhorn Review] The art of Harvey Kurtzman : the mad genius of comics

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 16, 2009, 3:31 pm

By: Kitchen, Denis

Thank Harvey Kurtzman for Mad Magazine, if you are old enough to remember when it
was good, or if not, for The Simpsons whose creators were influenced by him as
youths. Or whatever hilarious subversive satire the kids are reading and watching
these days. He was a subversive genius when it wasn't so lucrative.

Reviewer: Ellen

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Meadowlands

[Longhorn Review] Meadowlands

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 16, 2009, 8:46 am

By: Lutz, Joshua.

Wonderful photography and essays about an area that we usually see only from
planes (landing at Newark Liberty) or from the road and rail links that cross
it.

Reviewer: David

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A.C.I. : art catalogue index : catalogues raisonnés

[Longhorn Review] A.C.I. : art catalogue index : catalogues raisonnés

Material Type: All, books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 16, 2009, 8:39 am

By: Corboz, Noelle. Pebeyre, Cécile de. Blondeau, Marc. Meaudre, Thierry.

What a great new reference source! A much needed index of catalogues raisonnes,
complete works of an artist.

Reviewer: Laura

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