J. E. Robinson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 86% (342 of 398)

RETIRED FROM REVIEWS 2003 to 2005 Total posted: 451 Highest rank: 107 Vote/Review ratio: over 15 specialty: science, genetics, non-fiction.


Top Reviewer Ranking: - Total Helpful Votes: 342 of 398
Miles Gone By: A Literary Biography by William F. Buckley
Miles Gone By: A Literary Biography by William F. Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars Appropriate, July 19 2004
I always thought of Buckley has having four careers. He was of course that TV fellow that talked funny and look down his nose at his guests and viewers on a show that was very successful - Firing Line; he was that business man, writer, and publisher that started the National Review; he wrote fiction spy novels, and he wrote his sailing stories.
Most people would be happy and content to achieve just one of those undertakings. One might imagine that running the National Review for all those years and keeping it fresh was an enormous challenge. I never agreed with all the stories in the NR and conservatives are now much more complicated people but if you think it is easy to start… Read more
Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War on&hellip by Michael Scheuer
People tend to rate this book one star or five. Clearly it is not 1 star. Anyone assigning one or two stars to this book is an idiot. But similarly anyone thinking this is dramatic and new material has their head in the sand. There have already been a zillion books and opinions.
We have been on an overdose of these books. I recently many books including House of Bush, House of Saud by Craig Unger (excellent book) - the biggest tell all blockbuster (my opinion), The Choice by Zbigniew Brzezinski, Disarming Iraq, by Hans Blix, Noam Chomsky's Hegemony of Survival, Thirty Days (about Tony Blair) by Peter Stothard, and Price of Loyalty, Paul O'Neill (excellent book), Why America Slept by… Read more
America on Trial by Alan M Dershowitz
America on Trial by Alan M Dershowitz
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I had a expected a bit better book but this book is still excellent. If someone else had written the book I might be less ambivalent but it is written by Alan Dershowitz, long time Harvard Law Professor, well known appeals lawyer, media commentator, author of 20 previous books, at least one of which I know was made into a movie, and perhaps one of the most talented living lawyers - so I expected a better book. To give some perspective I recently read the book on Stalin by Montefiore and he must have really toiled to write that book. This book in comparison seems like somewhat less of an effort - see below. Still it ranks 4 or 5 stars and is a great buy.
When I discovered the book at my… Read more