Search Results: "James Mann"


BOOK REVIEW

MADELINE MANN by Julia Buckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"In her bright debut, Maddy is a welcome addition to the cozy scene."
A journalist adds sleuthing to her job description when a childhood friend is murdered. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Donald Prater
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"True illumination, however, awaits someone who will take these two aspects together and add the missing ingredient: imaginative spark."
This elegant but overly cautious study of Mann concentrates on narrating how the Nobel Prizewinning German novelist, caught in the mid-20th century's maelstroms, stepped forward to become a spokesman for enlightened humanism. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Anthony Heilbut
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With its unprecedented picture of Mann's character and accomplishments, Heilbut's biography opens up an important new perspective in Mann studies."
This recursive, elliptical study of Thomas Mann's life and writings successfully captures the total Mann, albeit with some sacrifice of narrative cohesion. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Ronald Hayman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"An important, accomplished work, containing the outlines of a less professional, more passionate look at Mann and his family that, while yet unwritten, might someday provide drama to match the master's. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Veteran biographer Hayman (Tennessee Williams, 1994, etc.) painstakingly traces the great German novelist's progress from anatomist of fin-de-siäcle decadence to august personification of his nation's conscience. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 2009

"An incisive illustration of the often underrated role a leader's personality plays in shaping world events."
How Ronald Reagan confounded critics and baffled even his supporters to help end the Cold War. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The letters of the brothers Mann constitute a crucial document of 20th-century German culture and politics, and they are by any standard fine reading."
The brothers Mann, both articulate witnesses of this century's European upheaval, give lively testimony to their usually competing perceptions. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 2012

"A readable text that covers important ground but lacks the larger perspective the material warrants."
An early rough-draft history of the Obama administration's stance on foreign policy. Read full book review >

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ABOUT FACE by James Mann
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"A fine history that skillfully unravels the tangled tale of recent US China policy."
An engrossing history of US-China relations from the Nixon era to the present day. Read full book review >

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The Trials of Christopher Mann by Casey Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2013

"A lucid, gratifying novel with appeal for both LGBT readers and anyone interested in a particularly pivotal slice of San Francisco history."
History and melodrama combine in this brisk novel centered on the murder of gay rights political advocate Harvey Milk. Read full book review >

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GEORGE W. BUSH by James Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Presidential reputations often improve with time and rarely decline. Aware of this, Mann delivers a remarkably evenhanded account, eschewing the painful emotions many readers will feel until historians sort matters out."
The latest in the admirable American Presidents series is premature because too little time has passed to evaluate our 43rd president, but Mann (Fellow in Residence/Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Advanced International Studies; The Obamians: The Struggle Inside the White House, 2012, etc.) writes an insightful biography without much partisanship.Read full book review >

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A CONVERSATION WITH THE MANN by John Ridley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2002

"Bleak and believable."
Writer-producer Ridley (Everybody Smokes in Hell, 1999, etc.) takes a somber look at the life of an African-American comedian in a country not quite ready for him. Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >