Search Results: "John Keane"


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TOM PAINE by John Keane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1995

"Nothing really new here (despite occasional sniping at minor errors by previous Paine biographers) but a solid, well-written portrait that reiterates Paine's ongoing importance in contemporary discussions of democracy's potential and perils."
An aptly subtitled biography of the trailblazing political polemicist: This detailed account finds virtually no trace of a personal life. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DEMOCRACY by John Keane
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"A significant work, though an abridgement could help spread the word."
A distinguished political scientist takes a broad view of democracy, speculating on both the lineage and the prospects of a cherished doctrine. Read full book review >

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THE BODHRAN MAKERS by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"A thorough, pained, loving account of a lost world—with the novel itself an act of cultural survival."
Poverty and the Church-led attack on Celtic traditions force 1950's Irish farmers into exile—in a rich, poignant if occasionally heavy-handed novel (first published in 1986 in Ireland) from Keane, who writes a column for the New York-based Irish Echo. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"A rich and delightful feast from an old master."
Seventeen tales from Keane (An Irish Christmas Feast, 2002, etc.), the late and much-lamented Kerry saloonkeeper who was perhaps one of Ireland's best storytellers since Sean O'Faolain. Read full book review >

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AN IRISH CHRISTMAS FEAST by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Corny, trite, and delightful: tales sure to delight anyone who has ever cried over a good rendition of 'Danny Boy'—or passed out at a Pogues concert."
Enough Christmas stories—52 in all—to last the whole year long, each one generously laced with classic Keane blarney (An Irish Christmas, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >

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AN IRISH CHRISTMAS by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"He's a man full of love, whatever the season."
Irish author Keane turns his eye from the painful, pathologically blighted lives and worldly and spiritual poverty in villages he described in The Bodhran Makers (1992) and The Ram of God (1996) to far more friendly tales about life in rural Ireland. Read full book review >

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THE RAM OF GOD by John B. Keane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Keane, an Irish storyteller in the best tradition (The Bodhran Makers, 1992, etc.), scants the blarney to tell a tale that resonates with truth and with compassion for a people trapped by poverty—both spiritual and temporal."
Playwright-novelist Keane movingly evokes the pervasive pettiness and prejudice of Irish rural life, blighting dreams and love, in the story of a young man who's destined for the priesthood but is nearly destroyed by gossip, family greed, and his own stubbornness. Read full book review >

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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

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JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >