Search Results: "Alan Wolfe"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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Released: May 7, 2007

"Lush and fascinating: an essential reference for Wolfe fans and scholars."
Impressive array of primary documents, photographs, commentary and miscellany relating to the novelist's short life and controversial career. Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

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ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 29, 2011

"Abstract and sometimes arid, but always with an eye to what's happening on the ground."
Noted political scientist Wolfe (The Future of Liberalism, 2009, etc.) brings the theological problem of evil to bear on politics and political wrongdoers from Hitler to Dick Cheney. Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM by Alan Wolfe
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2009

"Highly recommended for anyone with even a passing interest in politics or history."
A contributing editor at The New Republic urges liberals to reclaim their heritage, contending that their political philosophy is superior to those found further to the left and right. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A provocative examination that suffers from a want of focus."
A wide-reaching survey regarding the moral ramifications of "the way we live now"—which, as always, seems fraught with compromise and lonely abnegations. Read full book review >

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AT HOME IN EXILE by Alan Wolfe
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A thought-provoking and optimistic look at global Judaism."
In defense of the Jewish diaspora. Read full book review >

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ONE NATION, AFTER ALL by Alan Wolfe
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Wolfe's round-up is an absolute must for anyone who wants or, in every politician's case, needs to know how Americans think. (Author tour)"
Sociologist (Boston Univ.) and social critic par excellence, Wolfe (Marginalized in the Middle, not reviewed, etc.) scores again with this thorough, edifying, and engrossing study of the fabled but elusive American middle class. Read full book review >

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AMERICA AT CENTURY'S END by Alan Wolfe
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"Topical, contemporary, anecdotal, and of general appeal, but flawed by its lack of historical context, by its failure to relate properly the past 40 years of change to precedents and movements of earlier times."
Twenty-two clear, winning, and original essays by an eclectic group of distinguished sociologists who provide an ``evaluative portrait,'' limited but provocative, of selected areas of American life in the closing decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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FIGHTING RUBEN WOLFE by Markus Zusak
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Engrossing. (Fiction. YA)"
From Australia, Zusak debuts with an intense tale about boxing, brotherly solidarity, and searching for self-respect. Read full book review >

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ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >