Search Results: "Edward P. Kohn"


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HEIR TO THE EMPIRE CITY by Edward P. Kohn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"An intriguing portrait of Roosevelt's ascendance to power that will leave readers wanting more of his life and work."
Kohn's (American History and Literature/Bilkent Univ.; Hot Time in Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt, 2010, etc.) latest study of Theodore Roosevelt focuses on the influence of his hometown, New York City, in shaping his political legacy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Vivid history of a forgotten urban crisis."
How a brutal 1896 heat wave may have helped bring about an era of progressive politics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Much ado about a marginal American political figure, important more for his early career as a labor organizer than for his later one as a Communist."
Johanningsmeier (History/Delaware) ponderously depicts Communist leader and three-time Presidential candidate William Z. Foster (1881-1961) as a ``thoroughly American radical'' whose journey through trade unionism and the Wobbly movement to an idiosyncratic Communism exemplifies the course of US radicalism. Read full book review >

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NEW STORIES FROM THE SOUTH by Edward P. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2007

"A stellar collection."
A rich and complex vision of the American South emerges from the series' 22nd edition. Read full book review >

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LOST IN THE CITY by Edward P. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 1992

"A skillful, elegiac collection, with remarkably little sociology."
At once folksy and urbane, this debut collection of stories pulses with the lifeblood of the forgotten neighborhoods of Washington, D.C., where Jones's black people are less the victims of society than of fate and chance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"This memoir's revelations—based on reporting as well as personal experience—may obscure its less controversial but more thoughtful analysis of the Rehnquist Court's poisonous 'politics of certainty.' (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes's tart description of Supreme Court deliberations—"nine scorpions in a bottle"—has seldom seemed more apt than in this scathing tell-all screed about the Rehnquist Court from Lazarus (Black Hills/White Justice, 1991), now an L.A. federal prosecutor. Read full book review >

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ALL AUNT HAGAR’S CHILDREN by Edward P. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Jones's engrossing, exquisitely crafted and unforgettable stories offer images of the African-American experience that are unparalleled in American fiction."
The punishing legacy of poverty, crime and racism spans several generations, in the Hemingway Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author's long-awaited second collection. Read full book review >

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TALAN'S STATUE by P. Edward Gray
Released: July 9, 2014

"An engaging tale that intends to convey the importance of compassion, but dooms its subject to a cruel fate."
In this illustrated children's book, a young tiger learns about compassion and puts the lesson into action. Read full book review >

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THE KNOWN WORLD by Edward P. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"This will mean a great deal to a great many people. It should be a major prize contender, and it won't be forgotten."
Slave-owning by free blacks in antebellum America is the astonishingly rich subject of this impressively researched, challenging novel debut by Faulkner Award-winning Jones (stories: Lost in the City, 1992). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2011

"A vital wake-up call to educators."
A philosophical, well-structured argument for viable progressive education from one of the movement's most prolific and well-regarded authors. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Though Kohn's zeal for reform is undeniable, in this book he seems content to preach to the progressive choir rather than persuade others to adopt his cause."
Another blistering critique (after Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes, 1993) of traditional public schooling by a progressive who displays the same intellectual rigidity he abhors in others. Read full book review >