Search Results: "Geoffrey C. Ward"


BOOK REVIEW

THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS 1996 by Geoffrey C. Ward
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 6, 1996

"A welcome mixture of veteran and relatively new writers in an installment that maintains this series' level of high quality."
For this anthology's tenth anniversary, former American Heritage editor Ward (The West, p. 1228, etc.) has selected pieces that, in the words of series editor Robert Atwan, emphasize the essay genre's ``outward reach to a world far larger than the Self.'' In contrast to some past editions in this series, this volume largely dispenses with self-fixation. Read full book review >

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THE ROOSEVELTS by Geoffrey C. Ward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Excellent, as we have come to expect from the team of Ward and Burns—an eye-opening look at a political dynasty worthy of the name and at a state of politics far better than our own."
The very definition of "lavishly illustrated"—an oversized volume containing nearly 800 photographs documenting the lives of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and (to a much lesser extent) their wives and families. Read full book review >

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THE VIETNAM WAR by Geoffrey C. Ward
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Accompanying the PBS series to be aired in September 2017, this is an outstanding, indispensable survey of the Vietnam War."
A sweeping, richly illustrated narrative of a conflict fast retreating in memory, one that noted documentarian Burns calls a "lamentable chapter in history." Read full book review >

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THE WEST by Geoffrey C. Ward
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1996

"The work is illustrated by several hundred period photographs, many of them uncommon, drawn from the series. ($60.00; Sept. 16, 1996; 464 pages.; ISBN 0-316- 92236-6)"
This brisk narrative of the discovery and settling of the American West is based on the script for the 12-hour PBS series by Stephen Ives and Ken Burns. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"A sturdy and surprising work: good reading for fans of boxing and American history alike."
A Muhammad Ali for his time rises and falls in this vigorous history by Ken Burns collaborator Ward (Not for Ourselves Alone, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1999

"Heads up for those who think the women's movement started with a bra burning in Atlantic City. (150 color and b&w photos) (Book-of-the-Month/History Book club selection)"
A look at the friendship of two extraordinary women, leaders of the first wave of feminism, which produced women's suffrage. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 2007

"Excellent—an introduction to the war for the uninitiated, and a scrapbook of sorts for those who remember it."
Epic, lavishly illustrated accompaniment to the PBS series, of a piece with The Civil War, Baseball and other such overstuffed packages. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"Hardly unbiased, but an important close-quarters view of a complex president and human being. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
FDR's life was like a multi-sided house whose shape could not be discerned in one glimpse. Read full book review >

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BASEBALL by Geoffrey C. Ward
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 1994

"This companion volume to an upcoming PBS series also stands on its own as a literary achievement. (First printing of 400,000; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
A magnificent, exhaustively researched chronicle in words and pictures of our nation's pastime, and how it came to be what it is. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Best in its biographies of the tiger-wallahs (which may send readers scurrying to Corbett's rip-roaring bestsellers of the 40's and 50's): a strong brief for a species on the executioner's block. (Seventy-five color, 25 b&w illustrations)"
From the coauthor of the mega-bestselling The Civil War: a mix of memoir, travelogue, and profiles of ``tiger-wallahs'' past and present working to save the Bengal Tiger. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2017: JESMYN WARD
by Maya Payne Smart

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward has stared down truth and rendered it on the page with poignance and precision before. But for her third novel, Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward forged a fresh set of writing tools—historical research, multiple first-person points of view, and a touch of the supernatural—to grapple with the legacy wounds of American racism.  

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