Search Results: "John M. Taylor"


BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM HENRY SEWARD by John M. Taylor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 1991

"An orthodox but sensible treatment of a dedicated politician- statesman who was sometimes too clever and complex for his own good. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs.)"
A friendly yet not uncritical biography of the secretary of state in the Lincoln and Andrew Johnson Cabinets. 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 >

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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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IT’S HARD TO HURRY WHEN YOU’RE A SNAIL by Dorothy M. Stewart
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2009

"A poster of Noah and the animals is included. (Religion/picture book. 3-5)"
A shy snail sets off on a mysterious journey in this story that concludes with the surprise appearance of Noah and his Ark. Read full book review >

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: 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >