Search Results: "Donald Kagan"


BOOK REVIEW

THUCYDIDES by Donald Kagan
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"A fresh, thorough reassessment of the enduring significance of Thucydides."
Kagan (Classics and History/Yale Univ.; The Peloponnesian War, 2003, etc.) presents a tidy, timeless distillation of Thucydides's thought and work. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 1995

"Although Kagan restricts his study too much by examining only a small number of wars drawn solely from the Western experience, he presents a soberly realistic, thoughtful, and well-written look at the human race's oldest scourge."
By examining the causes of specific ancient and modern wars, Kagan tries to determine the underlying reasons for war in general. Read full book review >

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THE PELOPONNESIAN WAR by Donald Kagan
Released: May 12, 2003

"Authoritative history demonstrating that, though the weaponry may have multiplied, the reactions of leaders and societies during wartime have altered little. (maps, not seen)"
The tale of an ancient conflict, with ample leadership lessons for contemporary statesmen on fate and miscalculation. Read full book review >

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WHILE AMERICA SLEEPS by Donald Kagan
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A convincing case for concern over the real costs of a downsizing military, but without tangible recommendations for action."
A comparative analysis of two superpowers, Great Britain and the US, and their willful declines from the heights of imperial glory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DONALD TRUMP by Jill Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A prefab profile that will be outdated long before it becomes available. (source notes, timeline, further reading, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
A quick scan of the recently elected chief executive's family, background, and campaign. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"Voters ready to pull the trigger one way or another probably won't be swayed by these revelations, but they are highly damning indeed."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist takes aim at his longtime bête noire, "a modern P.T. Barnum selling tickets to a modern variation of the Feejee Mermaid." Read full book review >

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Faith, Supernatural Beliefs and Our Symbolic Brain by Herman Kagan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2013

"An excellent introduction to the science behind our beliefs."
A cleareyed look at the psychological and biological foundation of supernatural beliefs. Read full book review >

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LOSING MR. NORTH by Elaine Kagan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 14, 2002

"Certainly better than much that's out there, though not one of the author's best."
Kagan, author of several smart, grown-up novels (No Good-Byes, 2000, etc.), stumbles with this work on adultery, despite the novelty of taking both the wife and girlfriend's point of view. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2003

"Good reading for policy wonks who missed the original article, of a piece with recent arguments for the virtues of American imperialism."
Former diplomat and current conservative think-tanker Kagan (A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1996) rehashes an argument he originally offered in 2001 in Policy Review. Read full book review >

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NO GOOD-BYES by Elaine Kagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"A well-honed work on surviving heartache, spiffed up by the shiny glow of Tinseltown."
Garnished with the glamour of Hollywood, this third novel from actress Kagan (Somebody's Baby, 1998, etc.) transforms potentially hackneyed fare into a genuine exploration of grief. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 22, 1996

"Two decades of stories from an experienced and creative therapist should have led to a clearer picture of the issues that affect children in danger and a more focused agenda for improving their safety net than one finds here."
An experienced psychologist's confusing view from the bridge that connects children and families in crisis with the professionals who try to help them. Read full book review >