THE PROGRESSIVE HISTORIANS

The "progressive historians" of America—for the purposes of this book, are Frederick Jackson Turner, Charles A. Beard, and V. L. Parrington. Quintessentially, they believed in "progress" as the elan vital of history in general and of America in particular. Turner's logical, if somewhat novel, thesis, for example, was that the key to an understanding of American history is analysis of the nation's progress from the Atlantic to the Pacific seaboard, particularly in its social, economic, cultural and political implications. It is this aspect of Turner's thought that Professor Hofstadter analyzes here in three essays. Beard is studied principally as he appears in his work on the Constitution—with a fascinating digression on "The Devil Theory of Franklin D. Roosevelt." Parrington, of course, is viewed as a historian of American literature seen against its social background. For depth, subtlety, style, and definitiveness, this book is on a par with Hofstadter's The American Political Tradition and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life. His scholarship and literary style are in evidence on every page. The book is, however, historiography rather than history in the usual sense, a limiting audience factor.

Pub Date: Oct. 18, 1968

ISBN: 0394705912

Page Count: -

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1968

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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