NOTE: Starting in September 2021, all reviews–movies, books, general culture–are listed in the order of appearance. All 248 reviews prior to that date remain listed alphabetically under “Books,” “Movies” and “Other Culture.”
I’ve written a science fantasy novel (Heaven Engine), a mystery novel (The Old World) and a nonfiction book on the application of advanced information technology to planning and analysis in the national security arena (Toward Effective Strategic Analysis).
Concerning my books, their critical reception, sales rankings and other aspects, see:
https://albertclarksonsblog.com/2013/02/05/248/ Included is a link to my Home Page and bio. The Home Page contains brief descriptions of my books, including my first novel, The Old World.
https://www.crcpress.com/Toward-Effective-Strategic-Analysis-New-Applications-Of-Information-Technology/Clarkson/p/book/9780367211844. The link is to a new edition of Toward Effective Strategic Analysis published in March 2019 by Routledge Books, London and New York, the leading international academic publisher in the humanities and social sciences. The book was originally published by HarperCollins/Westview in 1981.
In another post in the present blog, I’ve written the piece, “Albert Clarkson’s Reflections on His Novel, Heaven Engine.”
I value drama, reach, depth and music in my writing. Standards are vital. Innovation is natural. The Literary Canon prevails.
Readers of the reviews include over sixteen thousand moviegoers and readers from eighty-six countries. Regarding my review of Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case, Bill Krohn, American author (Hitchcock at Work ), critic, and since 1978 the Hollywood reporter for the seminal French movie magazine, Cahiers du Cinema (“…the most prestigious and influential film journal ever published”–Goodreads), wrote: “(It) captures better than any I have read the essence of the film.” In addition, John Updike commented on my review of his novel, Terrorist: “Dear Mr. Clarkson–Thank you indeed for your kind and shrewd review of Terrorist; I think you read the novel very well…. I was cheered and encouraged….”
Heaven Engine. Of late, a shift has occurred in the readership of Heaven Engine. Younger readers in particular have been obtaining the book through the growing number of media-streaming subscription-based services offering access to millions of books. An example service is ZEUSFUN which has some 80,000 subscribers. The company first uploaded Heaven Engine in mid 2019 and as of late 2021 there have been over 700 reviews of the novel averaging a rating of 4.5/5.0 stars. Certainly many more ZEUSFUN readers than the number of reviewers have obtained Heaven Engine through this service.
Here is data from two other typical subscription web sites:
BOOKFORREAD: HEAVEN ENGINE Albert Clarkson: Format: PDF, Kindle; Views: 7129
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Size: 1617 KB
Type: PDF, ePub, eBook
Uploaded: 10 May 2019, 21:17 PM
Rating: 4.6/5 from 588 votes.
Here is data from the Find Full eBook site showing client views of Heaven Engine from early 2021 through March 2022.
Author: Albert Clarkson
Toward Effective Strategic Analysis. Since March 2019 when Routledge reissued this 1981 book (HarperCollins/Westview) on national security strategizing, the book having been out of print for several years, readers have given it a 4.7/5.0 rating.
A wise and valuable contribution to the advancement of this vital art in the new age of information technology.
–R. Jack Smith
Former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence
(Clarkson’s) major strengths (are) his treatment, drawn from many disciplines, of the myriad obstacles–systemic, cognitive and epistemological–to effective strategic analysis (and) his discussion (of) distinguishing the novel from the routine in strategic analysis.
–The American Political Science Review
Beautifully presented…. A thorough, eminently readable overview of modern indicator/warning-alert concepts.
Professor John W. Sutherland
Virginia Commonwealth University
His focus upon the cognitive aspects of intelligence production is insightful and courageous.
Stephen J. Andriole
President, International Information Systems
Now, as in the past, otherwise cogent strategies, technologies and even new systems that have been years in development, sometimes prove deficient because their designers or proposers did not comprehend future implications of the factors on which they are dependent. “What-if” brainstorming is not the solution to this. The solution arises from rigorous and methodological forecasting (as discussed) in Albert Clarkson’s Toward Effective Strategic Analysis…and in other works, including those of Soviet origin, over the last 15 years or so.
James T. Westwood
Naval War College Review
Period: October 2014-December 2023
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Total Pieces–Movie Reviews, Book Reviews, Writings on Other Culture–in Archive: 262
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