Search Results: "Carol Berkin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2009

"Berkin once again provides a fresh perspective on women in American history."
Biography of three important women from the Civil War era. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A wonderful introduction to this fascinating subject."
A marvelously readable yet scholarly history of women's social, economic, religious, and political roles in America from the founding of the Chesapeake Bay colonies through the Revolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Roughly 60 to 70 pages on each of the four political crises, filled with speeches, letters, editorials, polemics, debates, and legislation, may daunt some readers, but Berkin makes a reasonable case that the Founders' resolve left the U.S. a viable nation."
A historian offers a "closer look at the 1790s" designed to "remind us that nationalism and patriotism once carried more positive meanings—and give us reason to believe they can do so again." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BILL OF RIGHTS by Carol Berkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"A highly readable American history lesson that provides a deeper understanding of the Bill of Rights, the fears that generated it and the miracle of the amendments."
Though we often take the Bill of Rights for granted, it took a monumental fight to get it approved. Berkin (History/Baruch Coll.; Wondrous Beauty: The Life and Adventures of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, 2014, etc.) deftly examines its passage.Read full book review >

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WONDROUS BEAUTY by Carol Berkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2014

"A wonderful story of a woman who managed to achieve independence and leave her mark in a world not quite ready for her."
Biography of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte (1875-1879), who fought against the conventions of her time in "a country that lauded self-interest and self-fulfillment for its men but confinement and sacrifice for their wives." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"The oft-told story of the making of the Constitution always deserves retelling, and Berkin is just right for the job."
A lucid study in constitutional history and a meditation on the decline of small-r republican values in the age of the imperial presidency. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ABORIGINAL CAROL by David Bouchard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2008

"A more specific author's note with background information on the Huron Carol and on the Inuktitut language would have extended the usefulness of this beautifully illustrated but ultimately rather mysterious volume. (Picture book. 5-9)"
This innovative interpretation of the Huron Carol, Canada's oldest Christmas carol, is a collaborative effort by three Canadians of different ethnic backgrounds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAROL REED by Nicholas Wapshott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Proficiently written and well researched, this book begs a simple question: If Reed's work is for the most part undistinguished, why bother?"
A meticulous but dry biography of the British director, himself a meticulous but dry filmmaker. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS CAROL by Sara Teasdale
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 15, 1993

"An attractive addition for the Christmas shelf. (Poetry/Picture book. 2-7)"
Gottlieb's boldly contemporary art (see Melrose Cooper's I've Got a Family, p. 719) pairs surprisingly well with Teasdale's verse (c. 1937); though traditional in form, her poem has a concise directness and energy that match the artist's simple forms, broad lines of rough black, and assertive colors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A SATAN CAROL by Alan S. Kessler
Released: Dec. 26, 2011

"Fans of the macabre will enjoy this novel approach to a timeless struggle."
Set during the Great Irish Famine of the mid-1800s, first-time author Kessler's tale of horror centers on an unforgiving landlord and his quest for the "golden soul." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A MIDNIGHT CAROL by Patricia K. Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"A much better book than another Christmas tale Dickens penned about this time (see The Life of Our Lord, below)."
Poor Charley Dickens! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS CAROL MURDER by Leslie Meier
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Meier, queen of WASP mayhem, ends by showing mercy to all her characters, even outside agitators with foreign-sounding last names. God bless us, every one."
A couple of Scrooges threaten to wreck the fragile economy of Tinker's Cove. Read full book review >