Search Results: "Jean V. Berlin"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1999

"A classic of Civil War literature worthy of a place beside the general's own Memoirs."
General William Tecumseh Sherman, perhaps the Union Army's fiercest and most complicated soldier, wages war in these letters against the Confederacy, the press—and himself. Read full book review >

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Released: May 20, 1976

"The essays do not overlap, but are presented in stimulating contrast to and concert with one another."
Vico, the great philosopher and legal theorist of the Enlightenment who lived and died in obscurity, was among the first to sound the prevailing modern theme. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 2010

"An insightful meditation on the physical and cultural journeys of African-Americans in the United States."
A succinct study of how the migrations of African Americans, from the slavery era to the present, affected the development of black culture in America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Penetrating work from the old fox of liberalism, as brilliant in rethinking the past as in recreating its thought."
More of a motley in scope than previous selections of his essays (The Crooked Timber of Humanity, 1991, etc.), this collection nonetheless displays Berlin's superb erudition and always stimulating insights. Read full book review >

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HEADLOCK by Adam Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2000

"Easy entertainment, from a still-imitative writer who may grow."
Berlin debuts with a deft but conventional tale of youth and anger, in a fictional house of toughness resting on a thin psychological foundation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1998

"A cogently argued, well-researched narrative that points to the complex nature of American slavery, the falsity of many of our stereotypes, and the unique world wrought by the slaves themselves. (4 illustrations, 4 maps)"
In a real contribution to the literature of American slavery, Berlin (History/Univ. of Maryland, College Park; co-editor, Families and Freedom, 1997) sketches the complex evolution of that institution in the American colonies and the early US. Read full book review >

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THE ETHICAL BUTCHER by Berlin Reed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2013

"A provocative, personal look at food production and locally sustained agriculture that may change the way readers decide what to put on their plates."
Part food memoir and part an argument for supporting sustainable, locally sourced organic food. Read full book review >

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Death Is Not "The End" by Mandy Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2015

"Fans of the movie Ghost will enjoy this tale of love surviving death."
A skeptic gains a new outlook on life after her husband's premature death from cancer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"Critical yet fair scrutiny gives new life to an attractive, even Blakean figure who anticipated the Industrial Revolution's dark satanic mills."
Oxford philosopher/historian Berlin's strangest book, one that he set aside 25 years ago and had no wish to return to until editor Hardy intervened. Read full book review >

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BELMONDO STYLE by Adam Berlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2004

"A start filled with real possibility degenerates into the formulaic."
Second-novelist Berlin (Headlock, 2000) offers another skillful yet surface-driven tale of two closely bonded males, this time a single father and his 16-year-old son. Read full book review >

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THE CROOKED TIMBER OF HUMANITY by Henry Hardy
Released: March 24, 1991

"Despite some inevitable overlap among the essays, Sir Isaiah proves a superb historical guide—humane, tolerant, elegant, and with dazzling insight into the dilemmas of our time."
A fifth volume of collected essays by Oxford philosopher and historian Berlin (Personal Impressions, 1980; Concepts and Categories, 1979) that demonstrates once again why he is probably the best historian of ideas in the world today. Read full book review >