Search Results: "John McPhee"


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LEVELS OF THE GAME by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 1969

"Your advantage."
From The New Yorker where it appeared as a two-part profile, this is the kind of job that Mr. McPhee did on Bill Bradley (A Sense of Where You Are — 1965) and gives an on and off court photomontage of Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner at Forest Hills. Read full book review >

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UNCOMMON CARRIERS by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2006

"Read this colorful journalism and you will never view an 18-wheeler, freight train or UPS truck in quite the same way."
McPhee (The Founding Fish, 2002, etc.) rides the rails, sits shotgun in a tanker truck and climbs aboard a river towboat as he investigates the ways in which the staples of modern life travel from one place to another. Read full book review >

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SILK PARACHUTE by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 2010

"Reading these vignettes is like finding the bean in the Twelfth Night cake—each is a surprising, rewarding delight."
Ten gem-quality bemusements from New Yorker veteran McPhee (Uncommon Carriers, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE RANSOM OF RUSSIAN ART by John McPhee
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A picturesque ramble through the margins of the Cold War."
A brisk and intriguing, if rather slight, tale of art-world skulduggery before the Iron Curtain was brought down. Read full book review >

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BASIN AND RANGE by John McPhee
Released: April 29, 1981

"In his usual spare prose (but in somewhat more than usually demanding scientific terms) McPhee succeeds in conveying the essence and excitement of the geologists' thinking."
Peripatetic journalist extraordinary McPhee takes a close, lucid, resonant look at the modern scenery of the western US from the perspective offered by an understanding of geological processes. Read full book review >

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RISING FROM THE PLAINS by John McPhee
Released: Oct. 6, 1986

"A rather specialized topic, but one which is presented with style and, in the portrait of Love and his family, with affection and grace as well."
The third installment of McPhee's ongoing series, Annals of the Former World. Read full book review >

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IN SUSPECT TERRAIN by John McPhee
Released: March 1, 1983

"With Basin and Range (1981) and this latest excursion, McPhee has done the same thing, stylishly, for the general reader."
With his usual flair McPhee embodies the driving spirit of geology's language—"crunching scum," "orogeny," "kettles," "kames"—in a running biography of Anita Harris, a plain-talking, practical-minded geologist who learned her earth science at Brooklyn College. Read full book review >

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THE FOUNDING FISH by John McPhee
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"'I'm a shad fisherman,' says McPhee. True, but also a talented portraitist of the fish, a Gilbert Stuart of the species, and a William Hogarth, too, sticking an elbow into the ribs of his obsession."
A blue-chip tour of the American shad from McPhee (Annals of the Former World, 1998, etc.), maestro of the extended essay, if not the fly rod. Read full book review >

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THE DELTOID PUMPKIN SEED by John McPhee
Released: July 9, 1973

"Singular indeed, as is the story — a gleam in the visionary eyes of lighter-than-air devotees and McPhee, as always, gives it the benefit of his effortlessly precise and polished reportage."
What looks like a deltoid pumpkin seed, not quite an airship or an airplane but an "aerobody," figured out by a computer and made of styrofoam, balsa wood and orange silk — this is the Aeron which a special and assorted group of "helium heads" have been trying to get off the ground. 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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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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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 >