Books by Studs Terkel

P.S. by Studs Terkel
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Essential reading—as is all of Terkel's work—for would-be practitioners of journalism, oral history and 'active listening.'"
A personal anthology of unpublished pieces by the nonagenarian master of oral history. Read full book review >
TOUCH AND GO by Studs Terkel
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"History from a highly personal point of view, by one who has helped make it."
The father of popular oral history turns 95 and finally turns the microphone on himself to craft an emotionally charged (but never sentimental), politically charged (but never formulaic) and energy-charged account of his days. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Like many medicines, probably best taken in small doses."
Broadcaster/writer Terkel (The Spectator, 1999, etc.) explores death and its impact on our sense of ourselves and on the meaning in our lives, in the latest in his pioneering series of oral histories. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 1999

"A regrettable oddity—a Studs Terkel oral history that has dull patches."
Drawing from his many years of radio as well as some early magazine pieces, Terkel (Coming of Age, 1995, etc.) looks at his first loves, film and theater, as explicated by some of their most famous creators. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"These interviews pay stirring tribute to 'living repositories of our past, our history."
Chicago radio legend and oral historian Terkel (Race, 1992, etc.), himself an active octogenarian, leads a chorus of 68 senior citizens who vow not to go gentle into that good night. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Through these vivid, searching voices, Terkel depicts, in all their complexity and humanity, people grappling with dilemmas posed in Andrew Hacker's Two Nations."
Focusing on one of the themes of his interview collection The Great Divide (1988), Pulitzer-winner Terkel (The Good War, 1984, etc.) elicits from dozens of blacks and whites a kaleidoscope of emotions on how they have been affected by race. Read full book review >
GREAT DIVIDE by Studs Terkel
Released: Oct. 3, 1988

"Like previous Terkel surveys, this leaves a great deal of chaff with the sociological wheat—but, because of the urgency and immediacy of its theme, it's one of the author's most successful offerings since The Good War."
Terkel returns once again to his "oral history" format to investigate what he describes as "the deepening chasm [in today's American society] between the haves—and have-somewhats—and the have-nots." Read full book review >
CHICAGO by Studs Terkel
Released: Sept. 15, 1986

"For others, it is likely to prove frustrating and less than completely satisfying."
A collage of impressions and historical anecdotes by the author who over the years has become the guru of the Second City. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 1984

"What is inescapable, though, is the recognition of war as brutal, and brutalizing; the reservations about 'the Good War' utterable only in Vietnam-and-after retrospect."
In World War II memories, Terkel has found a great, untold story—with fore-shadowings of Vietnam and aftershocks of atomic warfare. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 30, 1980

"Interesting passages, though no lingering melody."
Terkel off and interviewing again. Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 1977

"Find yourself a corner and listen to him listen."
Talking to himself, Terkel is laconic, wry, sometimes baffling. Read full book review >
Released: March 28, 1974

"For the rest, Terkel finds 'the desperation is unquiet' and here, at least, it's eloquent."
There is hardly an interviewer, commentator or probing journalist among us who can elicit so much grief and passion, so many forlorn hopes and decayed dreams, so much of the tedium and frustration of daily existence from his subjects as Studs Terkel. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 1970

"Otherwise, a very rewarding excursion down rocky memory lanes."
A tape marathon of the Depression days, edited by a Chicago radio man who employed the same approach with considerable success in a portrait of his city and its ills called Division Street: America (1967), This "attempt to get the story of the holocaust. . . from an improvised battalion of survivors" is quite effective too; the subject is eminently suited to the technique of oral history. Read full book review >
GIANTS OF JAZZ by Studs Terkel
Released: Sept. 9, 1957

"Strong interest, infectiously communicated."
The jazz idiom and the men who nurtured and fostered its development are considered here in the brief biographies of 12 jazz greats, related with contagious enthusiasm by disk-jockey and folk record critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, Studs Terkel. Read full book review >