Search Results: "James Traub"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"The good news? 'The UN will muddle along in the future.'"
A heartbreaking book about a hardworking idealist's frustrated attempts to restore the stature of the cumbersome United Nations in a world dominated by "the preemptively belligerent America." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by James Traub
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"An impassioned biography of 'a coherent and consistent thinker who adhered to his core political convictions across his decades of public service.'"
The life of an early American statesman and president who served as the young nation's strenuous conscience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2008

"Not much new here, but detailed, intelligent analysis makes this an excellent primer on a perpetually thorny issue."
New York Times Magazine contributor Traub (The Best Intentions, 2006, etc.) analyzes the history and future of America's role in spreading democracy abroad. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2004

"What's gained here is the pleasure of watching exemplary reporting illuminate a fascinating crossroads of American popular art and commerce."
On the hundredth anniversary of the naming of Times Square, journalist Traub (City on a Hill, 1994, etc.) traces the colorful history of America's premier theater district and appraises its most recent makeover by Disney and other global corporate brands. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Exemplary reportage, essential for all those debating the future of American college education."
Eschewing hand-wringing and political rhetoric for close, critical observation, freelance journalist Traub (Too Good to Be True, 1990) delineates a unique—and uniquely representative- -institution: New York's City College. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >