Search Results: "Fergus M. Bordewich"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Far less edifying than the Constitutional Convention but equally crucial, the colorful machinations of our first Congress receive a delightful account that will keep even educated readers turning the pages."
While the Constitution outlined the theory of our nation, the obstreperous first Congress converted it to reality. It was not a pretty picture, and popular historian Bordewich (America's Great Debate: Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and the Compromise that Preserved the Union, 2012, etc.) delivers an entertaining description of how "it transmuted the Constitution from a paper charter and a set of hopeful aspirations into the machinery of a functioning government."Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Rich in detail and solid storytelling: sure to awaken interest in the peculiar anti-institution."
A vivid reconstruction of abolitionism's most daring act of rebellion, "an epic of high drama, moral courage, religious inspiration, and unexpected personal transformations played out by a cast of extraordinary personalities." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The result is a more evenhanded if less powerful book than Peter Matthiessen's Indian Country, alongside which this worthy volume should be shelved."
An incisive look at troubles simmering in the Indian nations that lie uncomfortably within our own. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2008

"A work of admirable, if digressive, breadth, examining the endurance of the nation's dream, even after the British pillaged Washington in 1814."
Bordewich (Bound for Canaan: The Underground Railroad and the War for the Soul of America, 2005, etc.) chronicles the painful creation of America's capital city. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2012

"A thrilling history lesson filled with pistol waving in the Senate, 'backroom confabulations,' the death of a president and old-fashioned oratorical efflorescence."
Wholly enjoyable study of an earlier era of intense political partisanship. Read full book review >

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ONE THOUSAND WHITE WOMEN by Jim Fergus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1998

"An impressive historical, terse, convincing, and affecting."
Long, brisk, charming first novel about an 1875 treaty between Ulysses S. Grant and Little Wolf, chief of the Cheyenne nation, by the sports reporter and author of the memoir A Hunter's Road (1992). Read full book review >

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BUDDY AND EARL by Maureen Fergus
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Earl and Buddy know the secret of camaraderie and play it out in fine form. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Two creatures find an unlikely friendship when one takes on the role of gagman and the other an unwitting straight man. Read full book review >

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BUDDY AND EARL GO EXPLORING by Maureen Fergus
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Roll, fetch, bite. Life is good for Buddy and Earl in this aerobic exercise of the imagination. (Picture book. 4-7)"
There are few things as pleasurable as a little nighttime adventure in which you get to trash the kitchen. Read full book review >

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TALES OF ENDURANCE AND EXPLORATION by Fergus Fleming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2005

"Adventure reading of a high order: brisk, fresh and full of color. (24 pp. b&w ills., not seen and excellent maps throughout)"
A fine and lively collection of exploration stories, from the famous to the obscure, that are guaranteed not to be forgotten. Read full book review >

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SHADOW CATCHER by Charles Fergus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 1991

"Readers who usually skip history as too dry will enjoy this. (Thirty-two historic photographs.)"
Deftly written account of a 1913 cross-country expedition to record the surviving members of Indian tribes and offer them citizenship, after which they were conveniently to fade forever into the sunset. Read full book review >