Search Results: "Douglas Brinkley"


BOOK REVIEW

FDR AND THE CREATION OF THE U.N. by Townsend Hoopes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"An absorbing study of the genesis of the UN and its continuing importance, with all its imperfections, to world peace."
From the authors of Driven Patriot (1992), a history of the rise of the United Nations out of the ashes of the failed League of Nations and WW II. Read full book review >

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JFK by Stephen Kennedy Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Amid the stream of JFK books to be released for the centennial, this work should emerge as one of the most complete and useful."
Smith (Sloan School of Management/MIT), John F. Kennedy's nephew, and Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America, 2016, etc.) assemble a large collection of material by and about the late president. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 2009

"Magisterial and timely, given the manifold environmental crises facing the current administration."
An appropriately vigorous and larger-than-life—but also detailed and carefully documented—biography of the visionary president who put so much land and so many resources in the public trust. Read full book review >

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CRONKITE by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2012

"Still, the best portrait of Cronkite—that legendary journalist, certainly worthy of a big biography—that we have."
Oversized biography of the larger-than-life newscaster, still a byword for a TV anchor, at least among viewers of a certain age. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Thus, concludes Brinkley, 'The story of D-Day as the pervasive metaphor for American bravery and goodness . . . endures for the ages to ponder.' He makes a solid case."
If Ronald Reagan hadn't been president, no one would remember WWII. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1998

"Carter's post-presidency appears not as an 'unfinished' presidency, but rather as the continuation of work that was always about more, for Carter, than being president. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
If you wonder why Jimmy Carter was so unsuccessful as a president and outstanding as an ex-president, this book is for you. Read full book review >

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RIGHTFUL HERITAGE by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Overlong, as are so many of Brinkley's books, but a brightly written, highly useful argument, especially in a time when the public domain is under siege."
Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; Cronkite, 2012, etc.) returns with the provocative argument that Theodore Roosevelt was not the only environmentalist in the Roosevelt clan—far from it.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"Brinkley skillfully conveys how the natural beauty of Alaska worked its magic."
Vanity Fair contributing editor Brinkley (History/Rice Univ.; The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 2009, etc.) delivers a vigorous, thorough survey of Alaska's natural splendors, from John Muir's first treks into Glacier Bay in 1879 to President Eisenhower's establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Range in 1960. Read full book review >

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DEAN ACHESON by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Even Acheson, for all his crustiness, would have respected the clear, concise writing and objectivity of this fine political biography. (Twenty illustrations—not seen.)"
Cool, lucid account of the later years of a towering cold-war figure; by Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ.). Read full book review >

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THE NIXON TAPES by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 2014

"Essential for students of the era and fascinating for those who lived it."
An eye-opening reckoning of crimes, misdemeanors and bugging technology 40 years after Richard Nixon's ignominious departure from the White House. Read full book review >