Search Results: "George H. Douglas"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Passionate, reasoned, and untendentious—easily deserving a visible place on the Crisis-in-the-Colleges shelf."
Another faithful-oppositionist lament over—and explanation of—the wreckage of American college education, this time from English professor Douglas (Univ. of Illinois; All Aboard!, The Smart Magazines, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Without losing sight of its subject's often troubled past, this lively social history vividly reminds us why the railroad continues to inspire nostalgia in Americans even as they bypass it for newer forms of transportation. (Thirty-six b&w photographs.)"
Douglas (English/Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; The Smart Magazines, p. 706; Women of the 20s, 1986) returns to the fascinating lore of the American railroad, a subject he first explored in microcosm with Rail City: Chicago USA (not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Zesty, but not overly spiced."
The nation's most brilliant magazines in the first four decades of the 20th century, presented with style by the author of the sprightly Women of the 20s (1986). Read full book review >

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THE FATE OF THE ELEPHANT by Douglas H. Chadwick
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"Chadwick has done his homework, but with nuggets of elephant lore and legend scattered indiscriminately throughout, the text is no smooth ride."
All you need to know and more about the status quo of the threatened pachyderm—in an exhaustive survey by biologist-writer Chadwick (A Beast the Color of Winter, 1983). Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"Complete with an appendix well-stocked with resources for high school restructuring, this is a somewhat utopian blueprint, but still one packed with common sense."
A passionate plea for educational reform by a teacher who changed the course of a poor rural high school. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 1992

"Not new (and for a more perceptive report, see Edward B. Fiske's Smart Schools, Smart Kids, 1991), and repetitious at times, but, still, an upbeat, child-centered view of bright spots in American education."
Wood (Education/Ohio Univ.) visits schools and classrooms that are concerned with teaching children, not with satisfying bureaucrats. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Nash's well-researched reporting of Hoover's public life in 191718 should be of interest to scholars, but for the general reader, an entire volume covering two years in Hoover's life may offer more detail than they need. (41 photos, not seen)"
The third volume of Nash's definitive biography further enhances the stature of a too often disparaged great American. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"Often too lenient on the Arab part in this deadly stalemate- -but a frequently convincing call for a new Middle East diplomacy, shorn of cold-war tensions and reconciling Israeli security with Palestinian desire for a homeland. (Maps & tables—not seen.)"
A sweeping indictment that claims that America's political, military, and economic ties to Israel have obstructed the path to peace and run counter to both countries' interests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 1983

"A disjointed, artificial assemblage—that still might find favor in a few origin-pondering classrooms, as well as with ardent Asimovians."
Factual, speculative, and mythical ideas about origins—concerning (in four separate parts) the universe, the solar system, the Earth, and humankind—via a peculiar, confusing mix of materials: four scriptural selections, four straightforward science pieces, 17 fantasy/sf stories from 1933-81, a poem, and a recent Asimov essay refuting Creationism. Read full book review >

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GEORGE SAUNDERS
by David L. Ulin

George Saunders never meant to write a novel. Or maybe he had come to a certain acceptance about his work. “I had gotten to the place,” he admits, over the phone from Santa Cruz, California, where he is on book tour, “where I was all right with not writing a novel. You know, me and Alice Munro: we don’t ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"High marks for being both instructive and entertaining."
A demanding but rewarding report that illuminates what neurology can now tell us about the human brain. Read full book review >