Search Results: "Alonzo L. Hamby"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2004

"A useful contribution to New Deal studies, marked by a broad perspective on international affairs and an evenhanded assessment of Roosevelt's leadership."
The evolution of the New Deal in the face of both international and domestic challenges. Read full book review >

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MAN OF DESTINY by Alonzo L. Hamby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Not exactly revelatory but an accessible biography that adds to the large body of existing FDR scholarship."
A straightforward, "flesh-and-blood" study of the president that underscores the depth and ambiguity behind the charming facade. Read full book review >

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MAN OF THE PEOPLE by Alonzo L. Hamby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A cool, highly nuanced examination of Truman's cultural and political milieus, but sadly lacking in the pace and narrative shape of McCullough's Pulitzer Prizewinning biography."
A game attempt by historian Hamby (Ohio Univ.) to replace the Oval Office bantamweight of political iconography with a more ambitious and self-doubting but able steward of the presidency. Read full book review >

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PAPA ALONZO LEATHERBY by Marguerite W. Davol
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Davol exaggerates aspects of farm life and from everyday events spins stories like cotton candy: quickly consumed, perhaps quickly forgotten, but sublime on the way down. (Fiction/folklore. 8-12)"
``A Collection of Tall Tales from the Best Storyteller in Carroll County'' is the subtitle whose length and boast suits this book perfectly. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Written too soon after the event to stifle self-dramatization—or to touch on the tenuous relationship between actual law practice and classroom drilling—this will be of interest only to masochistic, prospective law students but may mislead them, since Harvard's enormous classes, hothouse ambiance, and rock-rigid first-year requirements are less than representative of current options in legal education."
Like the hero of the book-then-film, The Paper Chase, Turow got all frazzled—smoking, drinking, making and breaking psychiatric appointments—by his first year at Harvard Law School (1975-76), the year with all the tough courses, heavy pressures, competitive snarls, and think-like-a-lawyer angst. Read full book review >

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EMILY L. by Marguerite Duras
Released: May 15, 1989

Duras (The Lover; The War, etc.) here offers a wise, graceful book, at once modern in its self-consciousness and classic in its clarity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 29, 1993

"An unsparing and perceptive briefing on a pocketbook issue whose complexities appear beyond the grasp of mass media."
A journalist's informed audit of the factors that brought America's S&Ls to grief. Read full book review >

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"An election-year must-read."
Becker's novel, republished from 1995, imagines an alternate political reality. Read full book review >

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DOROTHY L. SAYERS by Barbara Reynolds
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Fans of Lord Peter may feel let down. (Thirty b&w photographs)"
Another ``interim report'' on the life (1893-1957) of the creator of Lord Peter Wimsey and reluctant Christian apologist, by a longtime friend, completer of Sayers's translation of Dante and author of The Passionate Intellect: Dorothy L. Sayers' Encounter with Dante (1989- -not reviewed). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 11, 1992

"Bibliographies; index. (Biography. 9+)"
An impressively researched account of Baum's variegated career as writer, actor, impresario, filmmaker, and devoted family man, whose health and finances were both often precarious. Read full book review >

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WHAT THE L? by Kate Clinton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2005

"Veers wildly among topics, but covers recent political history and gay rights issues with rapid-fire, sometimes blessedly cathartic humor."
Lesbian comic Clinton (Don't Get Me Started, 1998, etc.) riffs on everything from SpongeBob SquarePants to the Supreme Court in this ultra-wry collection of columns and short essays. Read full book review >