Search Results: "James A. Autry"


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Released: Feb. 21, 1990

Trendy treacle, plus a liberal smattering of prosaic poesy, which makes a largely intuitive and anecdotal case for corporate management as a sharing, caring calling. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 24, 1994

"Featherweight inspirational fare for those who find Og Mandino too demanding."
Autry (Love and Profit, 1991) is back in the saddle again, astride different—if by no means fresh—hobbyhorses. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1981

"Mostly canned constructiveness and blatant boosterism—but with the pictures here and on TV, it won't displease the multitudes who, understandably, want no truck with talk of 'malaise."
The American Dream is alive and well in Michener's USA—witness the "new optimism" in New England, the prevalence of "racial cooperation" in the Old South, the one-generation ascent of Mexican-Americans in the Southwest. Read full book review >

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PRESIDENTIAL LOTTERY by James A. Michener
Released: April 18, 1964

"He thinks it is possible to accomplish the necessary changes before 1972 and his book is an urgent appeal to do so."
In August of 1968 Michener was asked to become a Presidential elector in his home state of Pennsylvania by the Democratic Chairman of his County. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2004

"'Kepler did not wish to separate his science from his metaphysics or his metaphysics from his mysticism,' writes Connor, who gives us a healthy, purposeful, and illuminating dose of each."
The kitchen details and cosmological consequences of Johannes Kepler's life in a turbulent time. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF THE PACKARD MOTOR CAR COMPANY by James A. Ward
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"At the end, one is left without an inkling as to whether Packard's collapse was an inevitable consequence of the radical industrial changes America experienced over the last century or merely an unfortunate series of avoidable managerial blunders. (51 illustrations, not seen)"
A well-researched, albeit dry and repetitive chronicle of the decline of one of America's most famous ``independents.'' Ward (History/Univ. of Tennessee) takes the reader on a 60- year historical ride, from Packard's introduction of the Model A in 1899 to its dissolution in 1958. Read full book review >

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Released: March 1, 2001

"A path-breaking work for scholars of reader-response theory and cultural anthropology—and a riveting read for Victorian buffs and those interested in the history of popular science."
A remarkably thorough yet accessible look at the reception of an unlikely Victorian bestseller. Read full book review >

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THE EAGLE AND THE RAVEN by James A. Michener
Released: Sept. 1, 1990

"Rapid semifiction done in bold strokes, though not densely imagined."
First printing of a novella-sized outtake from Michener's behemoth Texas (1985): the story of the revolution of 1836, which severed Texas from Mexico, and of the duel between firebrand Sam Houston's insurgent Texicans and a punitive Mexican army led by glory-mongering scoundrel Santa Anna. Read full book review >

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MEXICO by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Genteel, free of epic overkill, safe for all ages, although kids may ask, 'What's a bullfight?"
The master of The Big National Treatment (Caribbean, Alaska, Poland, etc.) moves Mexico and Mexican history to the background of a novel about the passions, fine points, and meaning of bullfighting. Read full book review >

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TEXAS by James A. Michener
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 28, 1985

"Overall, Michener tames Texas, and if in doing so he flattens some of its flair, he presents its history as a comprehensive and readable whole."
This is a long story, the whole history of Texas, from its very beginnings, as far back as 1540 when the Spanish nobleman Francisco Vasquez de Coronado led an expedition from Mexico to search the northern wilds for gold. Read full book review >