Search Results: "James Carroll"


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WARBURG IN ROME by James Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2014

"Though without the white-knuckle tension of Graham Greene's The Third Man, a yarn that's of a piece with it—and a worthy successor."
A well-paced thriller from longtime Vatican watcher Carroll (Crusade, 2004, etc.) set in post–World War II Rome, with the Catholic Church athwart a tangle of scandalous politics and incriminating deeds. Read full book review >

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SECRET FATHER by James Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2003

"Fine period thriller."
It's 1961, and three high-school friends cut class to attend the May Day rally in East Berlin in the last tense days before the wall goes up. Read full book review >

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MEMORIAL BRIDGE by James Carroll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 1991

"Three decades of America life in the mid-20th century well dramatized when the hero is in action at centers of power, but insufficiently probing when he pauses to think or feel."
It's the hero's wiles, not his conventional musings or the stolid love of wife and son, that make this novel of recent American history sporadically engrossing. Read full book review >

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CHRIST ACTUALLY by James Carroll
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An in-depth, thought-provoking challenge to two millennia of Christian interpretation."
To understand Jesus today, writes novelist and religion expert Carroll (Warburg in Rome, 2014, etc.), he must first be understood as a Jew.Read full book review >

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CRUSADE by James Carroll
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"Smart and closely argued contrarianism, worthy of a Berrigan or Niebuhr. And don't miss the bonus track: a learned, priestly scourging of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, 'a triumph of sadomasochistic exploitation.'"
Did Dubya know what mental associations he conjured up when, post-9/11, he promised to launch a crusade against terror? Maybe not. But Al Qaeda got the point—and so did the rest of the Muslim world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2001

A highly personalized history of the first 2,000 years of Catholic-Jewish relations retold as a narrative with a beginning, middle, and end—at Auschwitz. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1996

"A fresh retelling of old stories about a son's struggles with his father and his God, and a memoir that may help put more demons to rest for others of the '60s generation. (Author tour)"
An ex-priest's confessional attempt to make peace with his dead father. Read full book review >

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PRACTICING CATHOLIC by James Carroll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2009

"A captivating look at the Church and a call for change from within its numbers."
Engrossing faith memoir mirrors the changing face of American Catholicism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2011

"Another winner from a skillful writer and thinker of the first rank."
A sound, deeply felt study of Jerusalem as the "cockpit of violence" for the three Abrahamic religions. Read full book review >

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THE CITY BELOW by James Carroll
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 12, 1994

"The writing is dependable throughout (its strength being the dialogue), while the plotting offers spectacular twists, a breakneck pace, and a startling ending. (Author tour)"
It's business as usual in Carroll's (Mortal Friends, 1978, etc.) newest historical saga as intrigue, ordeals, and passion abound in a compelling story of two brothers who rise from the dirty streets of Charlestown to Boston's circles of power. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2006

"Altogether excellent, and essential for understanding the birth of America's empire."
The biography of a vast building that "came to possess agency—the capacity to act in ways that transcended the wills and purposes of the people who claimed responsibility for the Defense Department at any given time." Read full book review >

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PAPA'S BACKPACK by James Christopher Carroll
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2015

"Heart-deep comfort for children of deployed soldiers, with resplendent illustrations. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Papa has gone for a soldier, and in poetic language, a bear cub imagines going along. Read full book review >