Search Results: "John Strausbaugh"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Shrill, tedious and heavy-handed—even if occasionally funny and often right on the mark."
A grumpy cri de coeur against sensitivity, political correctness, obesity and other hallowed American ideals. Read full book review >

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Released: April 9, 2013

"Fine social history humanized with a sort of paradise-lost wistfulness."
The author of Sissy Nation: How America Became a Nation of Wimps and Stoopits (2008) and other cultural criticisms and histories returns with a long, loving and thoroughly researched look at what he calls "a zone of rogues and outcasts from the start." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Either way, it's a fine piece of punk journalism, and a barrel of laughs for like-minded readers."
A splendidly ill-tempered assault on the music industry, nostalgic boomers, and rock stars who refuse to die. Read full book review >

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CITY OF SEDITION by John Strausbaugh
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A narrative that smoothly and engagingly incorporates many stories of the war that have been told separately elsewhere."
A focused study of how the "biggest, wealthiest metropolis in the North" proved as much of a hindrance to the Union war effort as a help. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STRAW by Darryl Strawberry
NON-FICTION
Released: April 28, 2009

"There's nothing original in this tale of woe, but it's unlikely that the sporting public will ever tire of seeing its fallen heroes repent and make amends."
A former major leaguer's paint-by-numbers story of redemption. 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 >

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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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN LENNON by Philip Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Intelligent and sympathetic, but overlong and unfocused."
Comprehensive biography of the Beatles' most outspoken and controversial member, whose murder by a demented fan in 1980 only added to his legacy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"A more traditional biography and a more selective use of excerpts from primary sources might have been more interesting and effective, though report writers may find this helpful. (time line, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
John Adams was short, overweight, pale and bald. Read full book review >