Search Results: "James MacGregor Burns"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

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

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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CATHERINE BURNS
by Megan Labrise

To make it to the oratorical Valhalla that is The Moth Mainstage, you’ve got to have bravery, vulnerability, and a hell of a story to tell. You absolutely cannot have that story printed on sheets of paper.

“People wanted us to do a book for a long time...but I was a little bit reluctant because it’s The Moth—our storytellers ...


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BOOK REVIEW

SHAKESPEARE'S RESTLESS WORLD by Neil MacGregor
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Beautifully illustrated, MacGregor's history offers a vibrant portrait of Shakespeare's dramatic, perilous and exhilarating world."
What did Elizabethan theatergoers eat while watching Hamlet? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE PEARL by T.J. MacGregor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"James more than holding her own against the smooth tough guys who took out her husband."
If only Palm Beach PI Mike McCleary had told his wife and partner, Quin St. Read full book review >

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STORM SURGE by T.J. MacGregor
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"The atmospheric Miami backdrop should boost local sales."
Minutes after mailing four envelopes filled with photos and cryptic notes to four different addresses, retired criminologist Charlie Potemkin is gunned down in his apartment, and it's up to husband-and-wife sleuths Mike McCleary and Quin St. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 OBJECTS by Neil MacGregor
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A book to savor, full of information and surprises."
An arresting world history told through the stories of 100 objects that can be found in the British Museum. Read full book review >