Search Results: "Henry Adams"


BOOK REVIEW

HENRY ADAMS AND THE MAKING OF AMERICA by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2005

"It seemed like a great match: one historian fascinated by the paradoxes of power writing about a great predecessor. But Wills loses his focus—and, oddly enough, even his own familiar provocative voice."
Wills (The Rosary, 2005, etc.) may have attempted something beyond even his considerable powers in this overly ambitious examination of the great American historian Henry Adams (1838-1918). Read full book review >

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RAISING HENRY by Rachel Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"An illuminating narrative on how the experience of mothering a special needs child requires intellectual work as well as emotional growth."
For years, Adams (English and American Studies/Columbia Univ.; Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination, 2001) focused her attention on disability studies. Her self-described "obsession" with outsiders sensationalized due to their physical deformities turned personal when her second son, Henry, was born with Down syndrome. Read full book review >

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CLOVER ADAMS by Natalie Dykstra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2012

"The curtain at least partly raised on a charmed and haunted life."
A scholar's debut recounts the life and troubling death of a Gilded Age woman. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL ADAMS by Mark Puls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2006

"Fully restores Adams to his rightful place as an indispensable provocateur of American liberty."
A brief, sharply focused biography of the mastermind behind the American colonies' break with England, and the drive for independence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2009

"An interesting story rife with personal drama and satisfying artistic detail."
Examination of two brilliant painters whose personal and professional relationship affected the rise of American art in the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A more traditional biography and a more selective use of excerpts from primary sources might have been more interesting and effective, though report writers may find this helpful. (time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
John Adams was short, overweight, pale and bald. Read full book review >

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JOHN ADAMS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Despite the whopping length, there's not a wasted word in this superb, swiftly moving narrative, which brings new and overdue honor to a Founding Father."
A great, troubled, and, it seems, overlooked president receives his due from the Pulitzer-winning historian/biographer McCullough (Truman, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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ABIGAIL ADAMS by Alexandra Wallner
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 2001

"This intelligent, early feminist and civil-rights advocate deserves better. (Biography. 8-10)"
Abigail Adams, wife and mother of American presidents, with a remarkable story of her own, gets a rather dull introduction to her life in Wallner's (Sergio and the Hurricane, 2000, etc.) picture-book biography. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: May 1, 1995

"Impressive. (b&w reproductions, notes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10+)"
A veteran biographer (Thomas Jefferson, 1988, etc.) has another winner in this accessible and touching portrait of a strong and resilient ``founding mother.'' Many know the textbook version of the life of Abigail Smith Adams—wife of one president, mother of another, the first ``First Lady'' to live in the White House. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL ADAMS by Ira Stoll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Justly returns our attention to Adams—though liberal readers will prefer Mark Puls's 2006 biography, which emphasizes his role as a rabble-rousing man of the common people."
Neocon view of the least-known Founding Father, arguing that his religious beliefs fueled his revolutionary ardor and, in today's more secular America, have denied him his due from historians. Read full book review >

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JOHN ADAMS by James Grant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A well-researched complement to McCullough's somewhat more accessible life: of much interest to students of the early Republic and the revolutionary era."
An agile life of Adams, "the unbeloved ‘president by three votes.' " Read full book review >

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Released: April 24, 1996

"Readers familiar with Adams's autobiographical writings will find little new here. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-documented but flawed life of one of America's most famous photographers and environmentalists. Read full book review >