Search Results: "Charles C. Calhoun"


BOOK REVIEW

LONGFELLOW by Charles C. Calhoun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Could well encourage a new generation to read Longfellow."
A sprightly, long-needed biography of 19th-century America's most famous, myth-making poet. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 10, 2010

"Though Calhoun misses a couple opportunities to spice things up, as when he glosses over two major political assassinations, his focus on the mainstream politics of the era is lucid and illuminating."
A brief though long-overdue and sorely needed overview of American politics from the end of the Civil War through the beginning of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Especially appealing is how the author shows young readers that history is not static, but dynamic, organic and ever-changing. (introduction, glossary, further reading, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
Mann adapts his acclaimed portrait of the Americas before European conquest and settlement into an engrossing, highly readable account for young people. Read full book review >

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ROGERS HORNSBY by Charles C. Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 1995

"Alexander conveys an impressive wealth of facts, though his narrative seldom jumps off the page; nor does he satisfactorily explain how the game changed during Hornsby's career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thorough yet static portrait of one of the most accomplished players of baseball's ``golden age.'' ``I have never been a yes man,'' declared Rogers Hornsby in a 1950 interview, and this statement sums up his character. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2005

"An excellent, and highly accessible, survey of America's past: a worthy companion to Jake Page's In the Hands of the Great Spirit (2003)."
Unless you're an anthropologist, it's likely that everything you know about American prehistory is wrong. Science journalist Mann's survey of the current knowledge is a bracing corrective. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 1991

"The box score: an evenhanded audit of an enduring socioeconomic institution, which, for all its unsparing detail, should delight fans of any era."
An agreeably informal narrative history of organized baseball from a veteran annalist who knows how to work the corners. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"A useful, informative presentation. (38 photos, not seen)"
Baseball historian and biographer Alexander (Rogers Hornsby, 1995, etc.) takes a breathless tour through the national pastime as it adapted to the harsh economy of the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1992

"A corporate history bearing vivid witness to the warning that pride goeth before a fall. (Twenty-two photographs—not seen.)"
The cautionary tale of a world-class high-tech enterprise that hit the skids faster than it reached the heights. Read full book review >

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1493 by Charles C. Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Focusing on ecology and economics, Mann provides a spellbinding account of how an unplanned collision of unfamiliar animals, vegetables, minerals and diseases produced unforeseen wealth, misery, social upheaval and the modern world."
A fascinating chronicle of the "Columbian Exchange," which mixed old and new world elements to form today's integrated global culture, the "homogenocene." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Osborne breaks little new ground and fails to plumb Early's motives or complex personality; nonetheless, his engaging biography gives due attention to a Confederate who has been unfairly neglected by Civil War scholars. (Maps, 16 pages of photos—not seen.)"
Osborne (Verdi, 1987; Schubert and His Vienna, 1985, etc.) makes a solid foray into military biography with this crisp narrative about Lee's pugnacious and erratic subordinate. Read full book review >