Search Results: "Chalmers Johnson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Authoritative perspectives on a consequential country that remains indominatably foreign for most of the West. (Graphs and tabular material)"
A collection of perceptive essays from a top Asian scholar who sheds considerable light on how Japan managed to become a world- class economic power following its defeat in WW II. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2000

"Engrossing and at the same time alarming, Johnson's well-researched book nevertheless presents an easy solution to fundamental problems that have usually forced great powers into catastrophic predicaments."
In this timely book, noted Asian specialist Johnson (Japan: Who Governs?, 1994) addresses the effects of American global interventionism, delivering a grim warning that the United States will soon experience severe reprisals (or "blowback") from the victims of government policies kept secret from the American people. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A sobering read, though Johnson offers a solution to America's imperial woes: Follow Britain's lead and jettison both empire and the world-policeman role. Given the alternatives, it seems an idea worth exploring."
A paean—perhaps premature, perhaps overdue—for a republic-turned-empire. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 2004

"Fat chance. And so, Johnson concludes this deeply unsettling essay, 'the United States is probably lost to militarism.'"
A Ciceronian indictment of our nation's transformation from lone superpower to imperial bully. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADVENTURE
Released: March 7, 1997

"Life is triste,'' but readers never find out why. (b&w photos, maps, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-14)"
That Harriet Chalmers Adams's extraordinary life is worthy of a biography is certain, but little of her life comes through in this confusing entry in the Notable Americans series. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 5, 1992

"B&w photos. (Biography. 11-13)"
The fantasy world we build around professional athletes took a serious hit when this NBA superstar announced his HIV infection and retirement. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JOHNSON by Annette Gordon-Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Gordon-Reed incorporates views by Johnson's other biographers to create a fleshed-out, many-sided portrait."
A fair-minded, toned-down portrait of a deeply problematic president who could not rise to the country's challenge after the Civil War. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Lacks its subject's wit and fire, but displays Johnson in all his grime and glory."
A balanced view of the troubled yet triumphant life of one of literature's and lexicography's not-so-gentle giants. Read full book review >

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VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. Read full book review >