A cautionary, sometimes-insightful perspective that urges Americans to look back at what made their nation strong, with an...



Tyson presents a debut examination of the traits that he says have helped the United States to grow and prosper.

The titular term “Yankee” refers to the first European colonists in New England. The author, an attorney, notes that these hardy Yankees are often seen as “dour” and “priggish,” yet he argues that there would have been no America without them: “Americans’ commitment to education, incredible work ethic, talent for innovation, high standard of morality, and sense of exceptionalism, can all be traced directly to the Puritans of New England, and their descendants.” The traits upon which the country was built, he asserts, are religion and morality; family; law, order, and government; grit; work ethic; frugality and thrift; education; ingenuity; good works; and civic virtue. For much of the book, he thoroughly studies these 10 categories, offering chapters on each and drawing on the lives of historical figures to bolster his points. Next, he shows why he believes that things started to go off the rails; a crippling blow was the 1960s counterculture movement, he maintains, when youth philosophically challenged what had come before. Conservatives, he asserts, then claimed the Yankee Way’s notions of religion, morality, family values, work ethic, grit, and law and order, while liberals snared education and ingenuity, resulting in two warring camps that have trouble working together. Overall, Tyson’s treatise is dense but information-packed. Its tone seems biased against younger generations, but it’s correct to say that a society built on self-gratification and leisure, rather than production, is doomed to fail. The author suggests that Americans and their leaders must wisely choose their future: “The wrong choice could—and likely will—invite a precipitous American decline; the right choice could lead to America recapturing its former glory.” Tyson’s idealistic, if largely unrealistic, solution requires that Americans set aside their personal interests for the greater good—something that they arguably haven’t done since World War II. Importantly, however, this book will make its readers think of the big picture rather than just about themselves.

A cautionary, sometimes-insightful perspective that urges Americans to look back at what made their nation strong, with an eye toward a positive future.

Pub Date: Nov. 6, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-73278-121-4

Page Count: 266

Publisher: Courant Publishing, LLC

Review Posted Online: Dec. 4, 2018

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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...



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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