Search Results: "John C. McManus"


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JOHN C. CALHOUN by Irving H. Bartlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"A fine contribution to antebellum scholarship."
A scholarly, limpid life of the southern statesman and nullifier. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD AND THOSE ABOUT TO DIE by John C. McManus
NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2014

"An exciting account from the personable point of view of the soldier."
A focused tale of the hellish ascendancy of the U.S. Army's famed 1st Infantry Division on June 6, 1944, underscoring how the Normandy invasion nearly went terribly awry. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Of great interest to students of WWII history, and a fine textbook for the military academies, with as many negative as positive examples for future strategists."
A noisy, bloody, and highly readable account of the three-month-long Battle of Normandy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Not for the squeamish, but full of valuable insights."
A look at the role of infantry and the common soldier's experience in America's wars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Dedicated military buffs have a bottomless appetite for such battle minutia, but general readers may feel the urge to skim."
In the first of a planned two-volume account, McManus (Military History/Univ. of Missouri, Rolla; Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, 2005, etc.) offers a nuts-and-bolts chronicle of the only regiment to serve in every American war since the 19th century. Read full book review >

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C by Tom McCarthy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Flawed but fascinating."
An ambitious, epochal second novel from the author of Remainder (2007). Read full book review >

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FORMAT C: by Edwin Black
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1999

"Others, perhaps, will not, although Black throughout shows great smarts and at times displays virtuoso rhetoric. (First printing of 50,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Massively conceived, neatly chiseled computer novel that begins on the wrong foot with lists of consumer goods enjoyed by a sybaritic hero only a Honda Del Sol salesman could love. Read full book review >

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BITTER MILK by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"The work of a young writer still seeking his own voice. When McManus finds it, the results may be spectacular."
Claustrophobic first novel about an embattled and haunted Southern boyhood. Read full book review >

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STOP BREAKIN DOWN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"If it's true that amateurs borrow and professionals steal, when McManus begins a truly larcenous assault on those he admires, he's in for a promising career."
Now and then comes a first book by a writer so young and possessed of unique voice and vision, his promise seems unlimited—that, despite its evident poise and skill, is unfortunately not the case with this highly derivative debut collection. Read full book review >

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BORN ON A TRAIN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"McManus seems enamored of trapping his characters in hillbilly hell and stranding both them and readers there—for an inordinate amount of time."
Backcountry doom and gloom in tales that strive for authenticity and occasionally achieve it. Read full book review >

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MIDDLE C by William H. Gass
Released: March 12, 2013

"Gass, now 88, clearly has endings on his mind, which he addresses with fearsome brio and wit."
Misanthropy, atrocity, the Midwest—Gass revisits some familiar themes in this novel, though this ride is smoother than its epic predecessor, The Tunnel (1995). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A weird mixture of personal narrative and straightforward advice."
A 1951 Princeton thesis and 25 lectures from the founder of the Vanguard Mutual Funds. Read full book review >