Search Results: "John McPhee"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1974

"McPhee's warm portrayal of Taylor and his detailed assessment of current security practices will make your fears mushroom."
"I think we have to live with the expectation that once every four or five years a nuclear explosion will take place and kill a lot of people." Read full book review >

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ANNALS OF THE FORMER WORLD by John McPhee
Released: June 1, 1998

"Dexterous as ever, McPhee takes on the creation—early island arcs and vulcanism and microcontinents—and tells it with all the power and simplicity a genesis story deserves."
McPhee (Irons in the Fire, 1997, etc.) winds up his artful geohistory of the US by going deep into the heartland—Kansas, Nebraska—in pursuit of deep time: the Precambrian. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 6, 1971

"Like all McPhee's work, sensitive and responsible."
The archdruid is David Brower, former executive director of the Sierra Club and a militant conservationist of spectacular accomplishments, and this a pointillist portrait of Brower in situ among gifted representatives of the Enemy — a mineral engineer, a developer and a governmental dam czar. Read full book review >

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A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1965

"Twenty-one, and an Olympic champion, he has retired to the cloisters!"
What a rare sports book! Read full book review >

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DRAFT NO. 4 by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A superb book about doing his job by a master of his craft."
The renowned writer offers advice on information-gathering and nonfiction composition. Read full book review >

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GIVING GOOD WEIGHT by John McPhee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 1979

"A mixed bag, then, best in its larger reaches."
Apart from the title piece itself, this collection of McPhee articles from The New Yorker doesn't really deliver full value. Read full book review >

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COMING INTO THE COUNTRY by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1977

"Flecked with irony, written with rhythm and style—and more than the sum of its parts."
Alaska: the last frontier, a land of insulated stalwarts, climatic exigencies, and nineteen streams named Salmon. Read full book review >

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PIECES OF THE FRAME by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 1975

"Occasional reading—McPhee is one of the most unobtrusively instructive and pleasurable writers around."
As everyone knows, McPhee is a man of many parts and interests and this is an assortment of his casuals which take place here and there. Read full book review >

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IRONS IN THE FIRE by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1997

"For old hands, more of the unique pleasures you have come to expect."
Nothing, it seems, is beyond McPhee's purview, and these seven essays (which first ran in the New Yorker) offer further evidence that in the right hands even the most prosaic of topics harbors an unsuspected richness of surprising facts and fancies. Read full book review >

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THE CONTROL OF NATURE by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1989

"First-rate."
Is it chutzpah? Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 21, 1966

"A casual autocrat, he's a wonderful presence in print as he must be to all those who have known him."
From The New Yorker, this effortless portrait of Frank Learoyd Boyden, who came to Deerfield Academy in 1902 at the age of twenty-two and is still, in his own words, an "indestructible and infallible" figure, is full of life—a remarkable life. Read full book review >

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THE JOHN MCPHEE READER by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 1976

"Choice excerpts from a master craftsman."
The widely admired John McPhee is a modern journalist whose personal travelogs avoid the obtrusive presence or confessional tone common to many of his contemporaries. Read full book review >