Search Results: "Alan Brinkley"


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JOHN F. KENNEDY by Alan Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2012

"Plenty of long, definitive works exist, but Brinkley takes his job seriously, filling 160 pages with a thoughtful, opinionated biography."
The admirable American Presidents series nears its end with another slim but astute biography by another big-league historian, this time Brinkley (The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 1995

The fabled first 100 days of FDR's administration in 1933 set the tone for how people would come to think of the New Deal: an aggressive attack on depression and poverty by an activist federal government willing to throw enormous sums of money at economic problems. Read full book review >

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THE PUBLISHER by Alan Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2010

"A thoroughly researched, nuanced appreciation of a complex, talented and troubled man."
A National Book Award-winning historian takes an in-depth look at the 20th-century's most innovative publishing titan. Read full book review >

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LIBERALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS by Alan Brinkley
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Overall, however, this volume offers much to help us understand the cynicism and restricted vision distinguishing politics today."
In a series of evocative though uneven essays, Brinkley (History/Columbia Univ.) ponders the fate of liberalism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1998

"Carter's post-presidency appears not as an 'unfinished' presidency, but rather as the continuation of work that was always about more, for Carter, than being president. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If you wonder why Jimmy Carter was so unsuccessful as a president and outstanding as an ex-president, this book is for you. Read full book review >

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RIGHTFUL HERITAGE by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Overlong, as are so many of Brinkley's books, but a brightly written, highly useful argument, especially in a time when the public domain is under siege."
Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Cronkite, 2012, etc.) returns with the provocative argument that Theodore Roosevelt was not the only environmentalist in the Roosevelt clan—far from it.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Still, some worthy nuggets to be mined from these pages."
Vest-pocket portraits of people, places, and events from veteran newscaster Brinkley that have the brisk familiarity of Cliffs Notes. Read full book review >

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CRONKITE by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2012

"Still, the best portrait of Cronkite—that legendary journalist, certainly worthy of a big biography—that we have."
Oversized biography of the larger-than-life newscaster, still a byword for a TV anchor, at least among viewers of a certain age. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 2009

"Magisterial and timely, given the manifold environmental crises facing the current administration."
An appropriately vigorous and larger-than-life—but also detailed and carefully documented—biography of the visionary president who put so much land and so many resources in the public trust. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"This is one of those rare books that elevates the usual bureaucratic drudgery of corporate America to an almost Shakespearean level of characterization, passion, and drama. (Author tour)"
What Tracy Kidder did for computers, Brinkley now does for television, in this masterful chronicle of the flips, foibles, and frenzy that characterized the nearly decade-long race to develop high definition television (HDTV). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Brinkley skillfully conveys how the natural beauty of Alaska worked its magic."
Vanity Fair contributing editor Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 2009, etc.) delivers a vigorous, thorough survey of Alaska's natural splendors, from John Muir's first treks into Glacier Bay in 1879 to President Eisenhower's establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Range in 1960. Read full book review >