Search Results: "John Steele Gordon"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2002

"Just the thing for the budding entrepreneur, and a pleasure for general readers as well."
An intriguing tale of inventors, tycoons, and an engineering feat that changed the course of economic history. Read full book review >

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WASHINGTON'S MONUMENT by John Steele Gordon
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"A delightful book that is just plain fun to read, packed with all kinds of curious facts and oddities."
Gordon (An Empire of Wealth: The Epic History of American Economic Power, 2004) uses a history of the Washington Monument to present an enjoyable tale of Egypt's obelisks, the nations who appropriated them, and how they moved them.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1999

"American business history depicted with infectious delight. (16 pages b&w photos)"
This sparkling account (the basis for a forthcoming CNBC TV special) finds in Wall Street a remarkable microcosm for American invention, eccentricity, and double-dealing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Solid raw material with plenty of value added. Just the thing for economics wonks, then, but lively enough to make for good airplane reading."
Forget about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness: American history is all about the Benjamins. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 1997

"For those seeking to understand the national debt, this book is a good place to start—it's just not a good place to stop."
American Heritage columnist Gordon (The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, 1988) deserves credit for attempting a brief history of the national debt aimed at a wide audience, but the result is somewhat disappointing. Read full book review >

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JANE STEELE by Lyndsay Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 12, 2016

"A novel that explores great torment and small mercies."
Jane Steele seeks retribution and redemption in Faye's latest novel, an homage to Jane Eyre. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Ann Parr
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"A substandard, message-driven production, of limited value to libraries. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-8)"
Based on an interview with Parks, now in his 90s, and built on his mother's childhood challenge, "What a white boy can do, you can too—and no excuses," Parr's profile briefly traces the photographer/writer/filmmaker's career from early struggles in Minnesota to his memoir for adults, Hungry Heart (2005). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The research seems sound enough, but one-dimensional characters and consistently clumsy prose doom this first of a series. There may be a story worth telling here, but the grandson of Sinclair Lewis hasn't found it yet."
Chunky, clunky debut novel about a one-time slave who fights Confederates, injustice, ignorance, racism, Native Americans, whatever—all superheroically. Read full book review >

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GORDON PARKS by Carole Boston Weatherford
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Parks' photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers. (afterword, author's note, photographs) (Picture book/biography. 6-8)"
He aimed his camera lens at fashion models and at struggling African-American workers. Read full book review >

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FLORENCE GORDON by Brian Morton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Always a pleasure to read for his well-drawn characters, quiet insight and dialogue that crackles with wit, Morton here raises his own bar in all three areas. He also joins a sadly small club of male writers who have created memorable heroines."
Unexpected celebrity and long-absent family members distract a heroically cantankerous 1960s-era activist in the summer of 2009 as she reluctantly confronts the challenges of age. Read full book review >