Search Results: "Irwin Unger"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"At a time when the last vestiges of Great Society federalism are under siege in Congress, this well-written study commands particular interest. (Author tour)"
When you next put on a seat belt, visit a national seashore, or switch to NPR, think of the Great Society, says Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Unger (New York Univ.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GUGGENHEIMS by Irwin Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2005

"Decent background on mining and other aspects of American society and industry early in the 20th century, but lacking a coherent thread to make sense of the Guggenheims' relationship to their nation or to each other."
Sixth historical collaboration from the Ungers (LBJ, 1999, etc.): a scattershot group portrait of the Jewish-American dynasty that included major industrialists and patrons of the arts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE MARSHALL by Debi Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A yeoman's effort in service of an admirable subject in need of more good studies about him."
A biography of George Marshall (1880-1959) focusing on the general's overall decency rather than his strategic brilliance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SARAH WITH AN H by Hadley Irwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Although the scenes leading up to a climactic basketball game are glossed over, the action lends excitement to the novel and includes a turn of events—Sarah sustains injury but doggedly keeps playing—reminiscent of the drama in the recent Olympics. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Marti, who has lived in the small town of LaMond, Iowa, all her life, is hesitant when a teacher directs her to show a new girl around. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOY OF EATING by Gwen Irwin
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2016

"A realistic, motivating conversation about weight loss for those who have tried everything else and failed."
Part memoir and part pep talk, this debut book urges dieters to stop counting fat grams and learn to enjoy food. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SKULL AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Michael Irwin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"A tale of morals, intriguingly told."
A Faustian bargain drives the narrative in Irwin's novel, but the devil's identity is ambiguous. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

EXQUISITE CORPSE by Robert Irwin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 7, 1997

"The touches of madness here have merit; otherwise, it's a slow, confusing crawl through exotic scenery."
The obsession of a British surrealist with his muse, as the world teeters on the brink of WW II, furnishes the psychodrama in Irwin's (The Mysteries of Algiers, 1988, etc.) latest, but solid historical detail only adds lead to a tale already heavy with introspection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 11, 2000

"Magic carpets, djinns emerging from bottles, and both lyric grace and earthy realism are prominently featured—in an indispensable anthology that has the breadth of an encyclopedia and the immediacy of a fascinating tale told by a fireside."
This lavish collection of prose and poetry spanning the 4th through 16th centuries is one of the year's most pleasant surprises. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"The fascinating memoir of a true Hollywood mogul that traces his life from Brooklyn to Warner Brothers. (27 pages of b/w photographs)"
An account of Halloween creator Yablans' rise from a hardscrabble childhood in Brooklyn to the upper echelons of the studio system in Hollywood where he would help change the way movies are made. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALCHEMISTS by Neil Irwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2013

"The most complete and authoritative account to date of the response of the central bankers to the global financial crisis."
Holding that monetary policy is too subtle and complex to entrust to politicians beholden to the whims of an uninformed electorate, Washington Post financial columnist Irwin convincingly argues that independent central banks are an essential element of responsible economic stewardship. Read full book review >