Search Results: "John Nichol"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 2016

"A straightforward account considers all sides to these precise missions."
From breaching German dams to targeting U-boat pens with "Grand Slams," the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron receives fresh recognition for crippling the Nazi war machine. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2011

"A brief and selective but well-written and spirited study."
An important reminder of the invaluable strains of socialist thought throughout American political history, from fighting despotism to creating universal health care. Read full book review >

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DANCING ON THE STONES by John Nichols
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 1, 2000

"A real pleasure for fans of Nichols's work."
Politically charged essays by the noted novelist and screenwriter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 2003

"A welcome contribution, full of untold stories, to the literature of WWII."
A fine tale of great and not-so-great escapes, along with the ordinary business of surviving confinement in Hitler's stalags in the final months of WWII. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"The authors' argument gets a little soft when they trumpet their media-reform platform—but, to gauge by this book, no one else but the right is going to do the job. Good fuel for progressive responses to the Fox cabal."
The media are immoral, biased, unreliable and unpatriotic. But, The Nation correspondent Nichols and media scholar McChesney argue, it's the right's fault, not the left's. Read full book review >

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CONJUGAL BLISS by John Nichols
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Nichols is evidently in a slump; for all the effort, this is as unerotic as his last novel (An Elegy for September, 1992)."
What happens when two self-described sex fiends tie the knot? Read full book review >

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THE EMPANADA BROTHERHOOD by John Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"The human energy swirling around the empanada stand is full of sound and fury but signifies very little."
A novel about a band of metaphorical brothers (and sisters and lovers) whose social life centers around an empanada kiosk in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL ARCHITECTS by John Nicholson
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Consider this import a companion or alternative to Bert Kitchen's more striking And So They Build (1993) or Barbara Taylor's photographic survey, Animal Homes (1996). (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)"
From a sea turtle's portable shell to the "Skyscrapers of Spit and Sand" built by some termites, or the elaborate nests of titmice and weaver birds, Nicholson surveys the astonishing range of structures that animals construct as temporary or permanent homes. Read full book review >

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AN ELEGY FOR SEPTEMBER by John Nichols
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Self-proclaimed elegy though this means to be, the little book Nichols milks out of the contrast is depressed, unerotic, and forced."
The narrator of this short novel by Nichols (The Milagro Beanfield War, The Magic Journey, etc.) is a 50-ish writer living in New Mexico, in the process of divorcing his second and much younger wife. Read full book review >

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THE VOICE OF THE BUTTERFLY by John Nichols
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2001

"Still, it's an amusing satire that, in its own way, manages to rebuke today's political realities."
All hell breaks loose when a proposed highway bypass threatens a peaceful neighborhood and endangers a rare species of butterfly, prompting an unreconstructed '60s radical to scrape together a bunch of misfits and take on the town's establishment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Richly detailed and inspiring—worth reading for anyone interested in organized labor, civil disobedience or the spirit of Wisconsin."
An engrossing, informative take on the mass demonstrations that broke out in Wisconsin in early 2011 in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2016

"An authoritative account of the challenges facing progressives wishing to fuse better governance with economic justice."
An energetic if grim discussion of inequality and the coming era of underemployment, viewed through the lens of the forgotten American progressive narrative. Read full book review >