Foreword Reviews

Karl Helicher, Book Reviewer

Karl Helicher enjoyed a forty-three-year long career as a public librarian, mostly as the director of the Upper Merion Township Library in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He retired in 2016. He continues to review books for Foreword, which he started doing in 1999, and Library Journal, which he began working with in 1982.

He received his MLS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973; he has an MA in political science and an MSA in public administration, both from his undergraduate alma mater, West Chester University. He received Library Journal’s Non-Fiction Reviewer of the Year Award in 1999.

Book Review

The Banker and the Blackfoot

by Karl Helicher

The seemingly improbable friendship between Jack Cowdry, author J. Edward Chamberlin’s grandfather and a white rancher and banker, and Crop Eared Wolf, a warrior and Blackfoot chief, is recalled in the warm historical account, "The... Read More

Book Review

Not for Long

by Karl Helicher

Images of wealthy pros and stars from top-tier NCAA programs are replaced by the reality of injury-shortened careers, lives of chronic pain, and emotional distress in Robert W. Turner II’s "Not for Long". This eye-opening investigation... Read More

Book Review

Kompromat

by Karl Helicher

In "Kompromat", Jeff Pegues, who covers justice and homeland security for CBS News, offers a chilling, cautionary investigation of the cyberwar between the United States and Russia, one that serves as a wake-up call for citizens and... Read More

Book Review

The Law of Blood

by Karl Helicher

Johann Chapoutot’s "The Law of Blood" is a meticulously researched, chilling history of Nazism’s roots and doctrines that clarifies why the ideology was widely accepted for so long. The book is a comprehensive study of the cultural,... Read More

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