Search Results: "Edmund Contoski"


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The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold by Edmund Contoski
Released: Oct. 5, 2012

"A frightening vision of the future of the greenback as America's fiscal time bomb ticks."
Author and businessman Contoski (Makers and Takers, 1997, etc.) says a meddlesome Uncle Sam has imperiled the dollar. Read full book review >

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SOME WINE FOR REMEMBRANCE by Edmund Keeley
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"The details of individual stories are gripping and real (Keeley has also written extensively about Greek culture and translated contemporary Greek poetry), but the deposition-style narrative and the dud of an American protagonist keep the story from realizing its dramatic potential."
From prolific novelist Keeley (School for Pagan Lovers, 1993, etc.), a sincere if somewhat uneven story about the Nazi massacre of an entire Greek village near the end of WWII, and the effort decades later to pin the deed on a prominent Austrian statesman (Kurt Waldheim by any other name). Read full book review >

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WILSON'S NIGHT THOUGHTS by Edmund Wilson
Released: Dec. 5, 1961

"For Wilson followers, who are fondly familiar with his writing, this offers some delightful insights."
This is a chronologically arranged collection of prose and poetry (the earliest here, dating from 1917-1919) characterized by spontaneity and wit. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL FOR PAGAN LOVERS by Edmund Keeley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 1993

"Disappointingly lifeless love story that pushes all the right buttons but makes no music."
This seventh novel from Keeley (A Wilderness Called Peace, 1985, etc.), a well-known translator of modern Greek poetry, tells of young lovers crossed by war and fate—a story more enervating than erotic, despite all the lengthy and explicit sex scenes. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"The latest gem in the publisher's already glittering Eminent Lives series."
Brief but illuminating biography of the troubled and troubling French poet. Read full book review >

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Released: May 23, 1975

"Still the sort of'literature' that E.W. calls 'the result of our rude collisions with reality' is not here."
Borges says that the element that wears least well in writing issur prise. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A lively work on a somewhat arcane topic, and an important prehistory of our environmentally conscious, biologically threatened era."
An engrossing, unusual social narrative, documenting the close ties between chemical weapons development and "peaceful" applications in insect warfare. Read full book review >

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JACK HOLMES AND HIS FRIEND by Edmund White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"One of the best novelists at work today, White spins an entangling—and thoroughly entertaining—yarn."
Top-flight novelist White (City Boy, 2009, etc.) returns with a bittersweet story of the love that dared not speak its name until about the winter of 1963. Read full book review >

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HOTEL DE DREAM by Edmund White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2007

"A minor effort, but a nice tribute to some of the author's literary progenitors."
Dying of tuberculosis, Stephen Crane dictates a novel about a boy prostitute in another fact-based fiction from White (My Lives, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2001

"Even the most sophisticated readers will learn much from these erudite perambulations."
The renowned novelist (The Married Man, 2000, etc.) offers an intensely personal portrait of one of the world's great metropolises. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Levin manages to tell the story clearly without provocative bias while pointing out how the entire world demonstrated their incredulity at the absurdity of the entire episode."
A page-turning history/true-crime story surrounding the myth of blood libel, the idea that "Jews commit ritual murder to obtain Christian blood" to use in Passover rites. Read full book review >