Search Results: "Edward L. Ayers"


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NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2005

"Thoughtful, balanced, well-written American history."
Essays by a Southern historian reflecting on what makes his region distinctive. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE OF THE NEW SOUTH, 1877-1906 by Edward L. Ayers
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Ayers succeeds in depicting the post-Reconstruction South not as a repressed backwater of American life, but as a region that, despite substantial injustices, made significant contributions to American life."
A uniquely comprehensive cultural, political, and social history of post-Reconstruction, exploring not only ``the South's deep poverty and institutionalized injustice'' but also ``the complexity of experience in the new South.'' Ayers (History/Univ. of Virginia; Vengeance and Justice, 1983) aims ``to understand what it meant to live in the American South in the years after Reconstruction.'' To achieve this, he examines the matrix of economic and societal forces that shaped the South's singular culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Top-drawer American history, especially for Civil War buffs."
A first-rate study of the origins and early years of the Civil War, focusing on neighboring communities North and South. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 17, 2001

"Catholics and spiritual seekers of a liberal bent, however, will find Beck's opinions refreshing and well stated."
Episodes, told both annoyingly and effectively, along one man's road to Damascus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"Useful in finding out what foreign policy elites are thinking these days, but hardly a provocative mix of views and interests."
Boren (a former US senator and now president of the Univ. of Oklahoma) and Perkins (a former ambassador and director of the Univ. of Oklahoma's International Programs Center) have put together contributions from some of the heaviest hitters in the field of foreign policy. Read full book review >

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A CHOICE OF DAYS by H.L. Mencken
Released: Sept. 12, 1980

"There is entertainment to spare in Mencken, and lots of snazzy writing."
Memories of infancy, early schooling, Baltimore provender, "The Larval Stage of a Bookworm," and other autobiographical essays culled from Happy Days (1940), Newspaper Days (1941), and Heathen Days (1943) and splendidly—which is to say buoyantly—introduced by Edward L. Galligan. Read full book review >

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IT TAKES ONE TO TANGO by Edward L. Rowny
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"A memoir with an unyielding point of view and genuine bite."
The blunt, score-settling recollections of an arms-control negotiator for five Presidents. Read full book review >

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PUBLIC ENEMY by Bill Ayers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"No matter how they feel about his politics, readers of this memoir should find the author's humanity irresistible."
The one-time Weather Underground fugitive talks about his life as a political bogeyman. Read full book review >

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FUGITIVE DAYS by Bill Ayers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Younger readers who weren't around during the Vietnam protest era will still feel like they're missing something."
An overblown yet oddly sketchy memoir recalling Ayers's days in the Weather Underground. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 1997

"Likely to challenge many of our preconceptions, this is a graceful and passionate vision of the criminal justice system. (For another look at Chicago's troubled youth, see LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman's Our America, p. 612.) (Author tour)"
A sympathetic, revealing portrait of young people caught up in the juvenile justice system, and a searing indictment of the society that has failed to nurture them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 18, 2012

"An evocative tale of aviation's rich and risky beginnings, featuring an American pilot's unsung adventures."
In this historical novel, an around-the-world journey of a "fly boy" hero and his zero of a partner chronicles the time when "flying was new and intriguing." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 7, 1999

"Eloquent, scintillating, often sublime."
Not, as you might anticipate from the subtitle, a major retrospective, but a second "best from" (following 1989's 40th Anniversary "best from"). Read full book review >