Search Results: "John L. Taylor"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 14, 2012

"As much a world history primer for younger or less knowledgeable readers as it is for history buffs who want a concise story of the ties that bind civilizations."
Ten thousand years of world history gets crammed into this compact guidebook intended to inspire Internet research. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 2005

"Elegant, even Plimptonesque at points—top-notch sports history."
Taut, well-crafted account of the fierce decade-long rivalry and odd friendship between two (literal) giants of basketball. Read full book review >

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MYSTERIES OF THE BODY AND THE MIND by John Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"In all, a holding pattern for a talented author waiting for a subject."
Taylor (The Presence of Things Past, 1992) returns with stories that aim for the perfect nuance and control of his first volume but that, this time around, seem hungry for content. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 28, 2002

"Still, true-crime buffs ought to enjoy this outing, which suggests that just about everyone involved had it coming."
Of big bucks, bedrooms, and bullets: a classy if glacially paced real-life whodunit by seasoned journalist and nonfiction author Taylor (Falling, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE PRESENCE OF THINGS PAST by John Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 1992

"The entire collection, though undramatic, is a sort of Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine remembrance of the Midwest as a golden place, a green world that lives on only in memory."
Forty-two short-shorts, collected from two volumes originally published in France, chronicle a childhood and adolescence in Des Moines, Iowa. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Vivid and illuminating account of what it's taken, thus far, to get minority rights from the Constitution onto the street."
This revealing memoir from a half-century's immersion as a civil-rights lawyer is an attempt to answer the age-old question: "What's a nice, white, Jewish kid like you doing here?" Read full book review >

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What's In It For Me? by John L.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"An affecting account of rough times and recovery."
John L. describes his journey toward sobriety and faith in this debut recovery memoir. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF KWANZAA by Donna L. Washington
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1996

"A fine primer on a holiday that is fast gaining recognition. (glossary) (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-10)"
Washington's first book tells about the seven-day festival that begins on December 26 and celebrates the bounty of the earth (Kwanzaa means ``first fruits'' in Swahili) and teaches seven principles or beliefs—one for each day. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 23, 2012

"Save the cost of the book and listen to a speech by just about any of this year's crop of GOP candidates."
Former treasury undersecretary Taylor (Economics/Stanford Univ.; Getting Off Track: How Government Actions and Interventions Caused, Prolonged, and Worsened the Financial Crisis, 2009, etc.) looks to get back to the good old days "of economic freedom upon which the country was founded." Read full book review >

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Jackson Place by John H. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2014

"An artfully rendered, suspenseful look at an imaginary turn in Nixon's presidency."
A historical novel that cleverly postulates an alternate reality in which President Richard Nixon refuses to resign. Read full book review >

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JOHN GLENN by John Glenn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1999

"Despite the simple, even pedestrian writing, Glenn's story of how he became a throwback to the heroic age of discovery is enduringly thrilling. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club Main Selection)"
Mr. Smith goes to NASA, then Washington, then NASA again. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Useful and easy reading, this evaluation of Lee as a gifted soldier and a Christian gentleman of character and humility does not provide many new insights nor convincingly refute the claims of Lee's critics."
A new study that defends the South's greatest icon against the negative assessment promulgated by such revisionist biographies as Thomas Connelly's The Marble Man (1977). Read full book review >