Search Results: "John P. Avlon"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"A useful handbook, then, for those who run down the middle of the road."
A middling treatise on the virtues of centrism, "putting patriotism before partisanship and the national interest before special interests." Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"Engaging eyewitness pieces—often very oddly grouped together—that nonetheless elicit admiration, wonder and gasps of surprise."
Three journalists present a sequel to their Deadline Artists: America's Greatest Newspaper Columns (2011) with a motley collection of pieces dating back to the 19th century. Read full book review >

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WASHINGTON'S FAREWELL by John Avlon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoughtful consideration of Washington's wisdom that couldn't be timelier."
Why George Washington's last message proves apposite to our own time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"An ace of a wartime narrative: rawboned, terrible, and possessing its own strange kind of humor."
The last days of WWII in Europe as seen—deftly, and not without its measure of absurdity—from inside a Sherman tank, by its gunner. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Rife with scholarly terminology, and thus slow going for the nonspecialist—but, still, a superb examination of a fascinating historical problem."
Meier (Religion/Catholic Univ. of America), a Catholic priest, offers a vigorously honest, skeptical, and scholarly attempt to discover the historical Jesus. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"Like its predecessors, this volume is demanding but essential reading for anyone interested in the ever-fascinating, never-ending quest for the historical Jesus."
The latest installment (the third of a promised four) of priest-professor Meier's monumental inquiry into the historical Jesus of Nazareth (Volume II: Mentor, Message, and Miracles, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

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SLOW WALK IN A SAD RAIN by John P. McAfee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"As fiction, it's well- meaning, occasionally original, but mostly derivative."
A first novel, set at a Special Forces camp in the Laotian jungle, that tries to do for Vietnam what Vonnegut did for WW II, though McAfee's style—one-sentence paragraphs displayed ad nauseam—is merely choppy instead of stoic or absurdist. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 5, 2012

"What it lacks in specifics, it makes up in insight."
A wide-ranging primer for understanding and strengthening the inner life. Read full book review >

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MICKEY PRICE by John P. Stanley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"An adventure punctuated with moments of hilarity and suspense but overall as thin as the interplanetary vacuum. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
In a tale that requires not just the suspension of disbelief, but expulsion of prejudice, NASA sends a group of 1970s fifth-graders to the moon on a secret mission. Read full book review >

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THE OBEDIENT ASSASSIN by John P. Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A well-crafted story hampered by insufficient character growth."
Uneven thriller about the assassination of Leon Trotsky in Mexico prior to World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"A bio that verges on hagiography and lacks the saving grace of practicable precepts."
A singularly uncritical and sketchy briefing on Konosuke Matsushita from a Harvard Business School professor whose stated intention is to showcase his subject's extraordinary achievements as object lessons for those who aspire to leadership positions in any endeavor. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The rest is history of the best kind—both highly entertaining and informative. (photos, not seen)"
A rip-roaring adventure yarn lies at the heart of this recently discovered autobiography. Read full book review >