Search Results: "James MacGregor Burns"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"Stodgy and disappointing, especially given the authors' track record and the continuing urgency of rights at home and abroad. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
Few subjects deserve thoughtful or provocative treatment more than the Bill of Rights, enacted 200 years ago. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 29, 2009

"Tendentious history in service of a reform bound to go nowhere."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian claims that John Marshall got it spectacularly wrong: "It is emphatically the province and duty of the American people, not of the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court, to say what the Constitution is." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 18, 1989

Burns' survey of American history (The Vineyard of Liberty, 1981; The Workshop of Democracy, 1985) concludes with this densely packed but less-than-profound volume covering the period from the Roosevelt era to the present. Read full book review >

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GEORGE WASHINGTON by James MacGregor Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2004

"A great president, then, if with a few blemishes. Good reading for students of the office and the time."
George Washington: a so-so general, at least at the start; a capable politician, even if he didn't particularly enjoy pressing the flesh. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIRE AND LIGHT by James MacGregor Burns
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"An impassioned, big-picture primer ideal for college students."
The great ideas and personalities of the Enlightenment condensed and compressed for accessible consumption. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BURNS by James Mackay
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

In this hefty, definitive, and humorless life of Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-96), Mackay, acknowledged ruler of Burns country—editor of The Burns Chronicle, the complete works (1986), the letters (1987), and the concordance (1989)—leads revisionary forces in rescuing Burns from what he believes is an undeserved reputation for lust and debauchery. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"It is a call for boldness and courage in public life, written with a passion the authors find so missing in Clinton."
Pulitzer-winning historian Burns (Univ. of Maryland; Government by the People, 1997, etc.) and political scientist Sorenson (Williams Coll.) offer a dyspeptic deconstruction of the Clinton presidency. Read full book review >

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ARCADIA BURNS by Kai Meyer
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Mafiosa Rosa is rarely likable, but this tough survivor takes control of her own life, determined not to be controlled, assaulted, lied to or—quite literally—devoured. (Paranormal romance. 14-16)"
A shape-shifting Mafia capo insists on romance amid dark family mysteries. Read full book review >

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MONEY BURNS by A.E. Maxwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 2, 1991

"Top-drawer Maxwell."
What looks like a simple job urged on reluctant California p.i. Read full book review >

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ALL THAT BURNS by Ryan Graudin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Fluffier than the series opener but still appealing for fans. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Magic and monarchy collide in this romantic fantasy, a sequel to All that Glows (2014).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE BURNS by Edna Mazya
Kirkus Star
by Edna Mazya, translated by Dalya Bilu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2006

"The cleverness and vitality of this narrative made it a bestseller in Israel, as it should be here. Mazya describes one brilliant character as 'original without being eccentric.' It's praise she deserves herself."
This darkly funny first novel by Israeli playwright Mazya combines the suspense of a murder mystery with the absurdity of a Woody Allen movie. Read full book review >

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ROPE BURNS by F.X. Toole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2000

"Toole won't dazzle anyone with footwork, but there's a core of integrity to his fiction that can rivet a reader, patches of awkwardness notwithstanding. The wallop is in the details."
A debut collection of six stories about the world of boxing, from an insider who finds beauty in its ugliness, sweetness in its savagery. Read full book review >