Search Results: "John Prados"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"A thoughtful look at the shadow government, unlikely to win Colby or the CIA any new admirers."
Can America find it in its heart to love—or at least forgive—one of the architects of the Vietnam debacle and the Cold War? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1998

"An original account of the Vietnam War, interpreted logistically."
An intriguing analysis of the American war in Vietnam, as seen through the prism of the North Vietnamese supply line known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1991

"A reflective, well-written, and much-needed history of a powerful and obscure institution, and a lesson on the self- perpetuating nature of bureaucracies. (Thirty-nine b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A weighty and absorbing history of the metastatic growth of the National Security Council from a small advisory board into a vastly powerful bureaucratic colossus. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2016

"A book every serious World War II student will want."
An in-depth study of the clash of the Japanese and Allied navies in Leyte Gulf, possibly the greatest naval battle of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE FAMILY JEWELS by John Prados
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"An impressive research effort showing how, when it comes to current political affairs, the past is almost always prologue."
A scholarly book about the dirty operations of the American government that feels like it has been ripped from the headlines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A well-crafted addition to the canon of World War II military histories."
Prados (Normandy Crucible: The Decisive Battle that Shaped World War II in Europe, 2011, etc.) takes on the widely held view that the Battle of Midway in 1942 was the decisive victory that gave Allied forces a key advantage over the Japanese. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2011

"Prados has done his homework, writes fine battle descriptions and makes a convincing case that events during the summer of 1944 predicted the subsequent course of the war."
A fresh point of view on the 1944 battle that emphasizes intelligence, logistics and the battle's unexpected strategic consequences. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"The engrossing text (marred only by a patent reluctance to trust the motives of military brass and their civilian masters) includes 64 photos (not seen), plus 16 helpful maps."
A blow-by-blow overview of the Khe Sanh siege, which, more than 20 years after, still ranks among the Vietnam War's most controversial episodes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >