Search Results: "James Alan McPherson"


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A REGION NOT HOME by James Alan McPherson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 24, 2000

"A rich feast for the hungry mind."
From Pulitzer Prize—winning essayist and novelist McPherson (Crabcakes, 1998, etc.), fresh perspectives on such topics as the role of athletes, father-daughter relationships, and the writer Ralph Ellison. Read full book review >

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CRABCAKES by James Alan McPherson
Released: Jan. 7, 1998

"McPherson has traveled the world and never lost sight of the inspirational lure of one's origins."
McPherson, author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning short-story collection Elbow Room (1977), writes here with an astonishing range of language and emotion. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 1998

"Fine personal writings, to be published for Father's Day, that deserve a wide audience."
These essays by writers including Rick Bass, Alan Cheuse, Nicholas Delbanco, Mark Pendergrast, and editors McPherson (Crabcakes, 1998, etc.) and Henry (founding editor of Ploughshares magazine), among others, strike deep into the heart of issues spanning both nurture and gender relations, and represent some of the best recent writing about manhood. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 19, 1971

"For the moment at least, Blacks in America must be considered the best one-volume bibliographic guide to black literature available."
This selective, chrono-topical guide "to the subject matter and literature of black history and culture" is more comprehensive, somewhat more up-to-date, much more evaluative, and certainly no less anthoritative than Fisher's revision of Miller's The Negro in America (1970) or Homer and Swartout's Books About the Negro (also 1970), two of the most useful general black bibliographies around. Read full book review >

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FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A thoughtfully and clearly constructed offering that will appeal to history buffs young and old and a must for any Civil War history collection. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
Two percent of the whole population—620,000 soldiers—died in the Civil War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Fine historical writing, and required reading for both Civil War buffs and scholars—divided audiences, as McPherson notes."
Thoughtful essays on the Civil War by one of its foremost contemporary students. Read full book review >

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EMBATTLED REBEL by James M. McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A fair-handed treatment from a towering historian and sterling writer."
A seasoned Civil War historian examines the beleaguered president of the Confederacy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 17, 2012

"While the navies may not be on the top of the list for most Civil War enthusiasts, this is a solid contribution to Civil War scholarship."
Pulitzer and Lincoln Prize winner McPherson (Abraham Lincoln, 2009, etc.) displays his massive knowledge of the Civil War, this time specifically concerning the naval battles. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"Brings a critical intelligence to central questions concerning the war."
Essays and book reviews by a leading Civil War historian. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"A leisurely walk through a former inferno with a most eloquent Virgil."
Celebrated Civil War historian McPherson (Fields of Fury, 2002, etc.) holds our hands, points our heads, and evokes awe-ful and sanguinary images of July 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"The bibliography would be better if some of the fine works on the subject for younger readers were included, but overall, a superb volume that makes history come alive. (Nonfiction. 9-14)"
Following his Fields of Fury: The American Civil War (2002), McPherson continues the story of what the Civil War meant for America's future and how the U.S. was to be reconstructed. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Fluid and convincingly argued—one of the best Lincoln studies in recent years. For more information about Lincoln's relations with the Navy, see Craig L. Symonds's forthcoming Lincoln and His Admirals (2008)."
A leading Civil War authority assesses Lincoln's performance as head of the Union armed forces. Read full book review >