Search Results: "John Lewis Gaddis"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Gaddis has written a lively, deeply informed summary, the most accessible and compelling guide to the international conflicts, issues, and dominant ideologies of the early Cold War era."
An elegantly written, vivid history of the early years of the Cold War, culminating with the Bay of Pigs crisis. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Provocative, polymathic, pleasurable. (Illustrations throughout)"
Entertaining, masterful disquisition on the aims, limitations, design, and methods of historiography. Read full book review >

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GEORGE F. KENNAN by John Lewis Gaddis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"A well-rounded treatment of the life of a man who made significant contributions to his country and the world at large."
The long-awaited authorized biography of George F. Kennan (1904-2005), the creator of America's Cold War containment strategy. Read full book review >

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THE COLD WAR by John Lewis Gaddis
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 29, 2005

"A superb introduction to a complex period in world history."
Cold War scholar Gaddis fashions a short but comprehensive account of what JFK called our "long twilight struggle." Read full book review >

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THE EXPLANATION AGE by John Lewis
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"An iconoclast's blueprint for a new era of innovation."
Lewis' guide to the changing landscape of modern society calls for a new method of processing information. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Sometimes dense, but always discerning: essential for Gaddis fans and those seeking an offbeat critique of American civilization."
The great novelist (Agape Agape, p. 1053, etc.) explores his fascination with machines, greed, violence, and art in odd bits of nonfiction, some appearing in print for the first time. Read full book review >

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A FROLIC OF HIS OWN by William Gaddis
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Gaddis seems to want to prove the novel capable of film's open mike and panning shots, music's structure, and opera's recitatives (everyone only screeches and beseeches)—but once he has, all that finally seems left is a rather tinny note of pissed-off energy and formal subordination."
Greed and its destruction of independent authenticity is Gaddis's best subject, and with it here he has essentially rewritten his masterpiece, JR (1975)—not so much with business as the focus (as in that earlier book) but with lawyers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The muddled historical argument about the Monroe Doctrine is redeemed by a thoughtful review of recent US policy in the Americas."
A fanciful argument that superpower rivalry in Latin America undermined and finally killed the Monroe Doctrine (which asserted American dominance in the Americas and nonintervention in Europe) as a basic feature of American foreign policy. Read full book review >

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THE TIME OF MY LIFE by John Paul Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 2013

"Appealing and intelligent, a noteworthy memoir that amiably captures one man's experiences in an earlier American era."
Successful businessman Lewis details his remarkable life story in this charismatic debut memoir. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"An apocalyptic vision that should be taken with the utmost seriousness by anyone concerned with the long-range fate of the human race."
There was a time when science refused to believe that meteors actually fell from the sky; now, scientists soberly calculate the possibility that one of those falls could destroy a city—or the entire human race. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 1998

"A classic, invaluable blockbuster history of the civil-rights movement."
Georgia congressman Lewis (with journalist D'Orso's help) crafts a passionate, principled, and absorbing first-person account of the civil-rights movement—dramatic, well-paced history fired by moral purpose and backed by the authority of hard time in the trenches. Read full book review >