Search Results: "John McWhorter"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2000

"An important book that forthrightly confronts and questions conventional wisdom."
An impassioned but meticulously argued plea for African Americans to address the three basic problems—identified by the author as separatism, anti-intellectualism, and "a cult of victimology"—largely responsible for "keeping black Americans eternally America's case apart." Read full book review >

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TALKING BACK, TALKING BLACK by John McWhorter
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A vibrant separation of an African-American vernacular tradition from the thickets of contemporary racial debate."
A compact, lively defense of the grammatical legitimacy of "Black English." Read full book review >

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WORDS ON THE MOVE by John McWhorter
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"As in most of his books, McWhorter proves to be a well-informed and cheerful guide to linguistics."
A brisk look at how and why words change. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Turgid at times, but mostly eye-opening, even liberating."
Linguist and New Republic contributing editor McWhorter (Linguistics and Western Civilization/Columbia Univ.; Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English, 2008, etc.) returns with a discussion of what languages are, and some insightful thoughts about why we view some as "primitive" and others as "advanced." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"Take that, Jesse. Whatever the merits of his argument, McWhorter is both fluent and fearless—and sure to catch hell."
Why do African-Americans continue to suffer, despite the successes of the civil-rights movement? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 19, 2008

"A sharp pin with which to pop the bloviating balloon of self-important cultural mandarins."
Bracing, though occasionally loosely argued, charge that the much-lauded political promise of hip-hop is at best a sham, and at worst a dangerous placebo that distracts people from enacting constructive change. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 2003

"As intended, McWhorter raises hackles as he challenges received opinions and entrenched notions."
Rousing essays on the nature of being African-American today and a dissection of currents the author of Losing the Race (2000) finds self-defeating. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"An entertaining, instructive Henry Higgins of a volume: it'll transform readers into enraptured Eliza Doolittles."
A Berkeley linguist conducts a learned, lively tour through the lush garden of human languages. Read full book review >

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JOHN!  by Rolin Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"While sometimes offering a confusing tangle of voices that lack individual features, this tale delivers a fresh and well-researched fictionalization of the assembling of the Apostles from John's point of view."
A young John the Apostle leaves his home to follow Jesus in this debut biblical novel. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >