Search Results: "James Oakes"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"A useful contribution to the literature about slavery and the Civil War."
A finely argued book about how the destruction of slavery involved much more than Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2007

"A readable account of the intersection of Lincoln and Douglass's careers, but an even better demonstration of the interplay between the agendas of passionate, single-minded reformers who prepare the public for change, and the talented politicians who master the art of the possible."
A sharp analysis by Oakes (History/City University of New York; Slavery and Freedom: An Interpretation of the Old South, 1998, etc.) of how Lincoln the politician and Douglass the reformer worked, separately and together, to abolish slavery in America. Read full book review >

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THE SCORPION'S STING by James Oakes
NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 2014

"A wordy yet interesting book that clearly shows the deep divisions that were the real causes of the Civil War."
Addresses Oakes (Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, 2012, etc.) delivered for the Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University are the basis for this book about the attempts to eliminate slavery while avoiding war in the United States. Read full book review >

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LAST CALL FOR BLACKFORD OAKES by William F. Buckley Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2005

"A muted ending to a less-than-thrilling spy's career."
In his glasnost-era curtain call, Blackford Oakes comes off not so much world-weary as simply weary. 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 >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In an afterword, Jacobs describes his contact with one of Printer's books, an encounter that only makes this novel more vital. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jacobs (Sleepers, Wake, 1991) makes clear the tragedy of an artist inhibited by the circumstances of his birth in this unusual historical novel, set during a brutal English-Indian war in 17th-century Massachusetts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Too bad his biographer can't claim the same. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Novick, who previously dissected the life of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JAMES JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >