Search Results: "John W. Dower"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 9, 1983

"Painstaking, thoughtful work, but largely tepid and drab."
A better-late-than-never continuation of the defunct New Voices series, which presented stories by Campbell award nominees (for "best new writer in science fiction"); these four originals and one reprint are by the 1977 nominees. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"An unrelenting, incisive, masterly comparative study."
Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian Dower (Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, 1999, etc.) draws astute ironies between Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in terms of the overweening arrogance of military superpowers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2012

"Scrupulously researched and bravely presented scholarship."
A series of astute academic essays on the forging of postwar Japan. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"A turning point in Japanese history, illuminated through diligent research and piercing insight. (80 b&w photos)"
An NBCC award winner and expert in the modern history of Japan, Dower (Massachusetts Inst. of Technology; Japan in War and Peace, 1994; War Without Mercy, 1986) absorbingly explains how American forces imposed a revolution from above in six years of occupation that transformed imperial Japan into a democracy. Read full book review >

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JAPAN IN WAR AND PEACE by John W. Dower
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Challenging views of a land whose industrial and sociopolitical institutions may well defy conventional analysis. (Profusely illustrated throughout with line drawings, stills from propaganda films, political cartoons, and posters, as well as a wealth of tabular material)"
Here, Dower (War Without Mercy, 1986, etc.) offers a collection of essays on Japan and its complex relations with the US over the past half century—a period that roughly corresponds to the reign of Emperor Hirohito. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 18, 2000

"Hartigan depicts Wilson as not only an organizational genius, but also as an amazingly resilient, largely appealing, and otherwise immensely interesting human being."
A readable, informative, succinct, respectful, but nonreverential biography of Bill Wilson (1895-1971), the guiding spirit and organizer of Alcoholics Anonymous, the hugely successful (millions of members in 140 countries) Read full book review >

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THE DOWER HOUSE by Malcolm Macdonald
Released: Dec. 1, 2011

"This series debut from prolific Macdonald (Rose of Nancemellin, 2001, etc.) explores the dynamics of the relationships between the Europeans and their very different English hosts. It's all heartbreaking and romantic, with intimations of future happiness."
A group of artists and artisans try communal living at a country house in 1947 England. Read full book review >

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THE DOWER HOUSE by Annabel Davis-Goff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1998

"Fine and poignant."
A richly comic, tender evocation of Ireland's dwindling, splendid Anglo-Irish. Read full book review >

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ELÉCTRICO W by Hervé Le Tellier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Delicate handling of deep themes—loss, missed connections, meaninglessness—gives the novel an emotional charge greater than its low-key particulars and pacing."
A French journalist and a Portuguese photographer find they have some uncomfortable things in common in this latest from Le Tellier (Enough About Love, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

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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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W IS FOR WEBSTER by Tracey Fern
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A fascinating look at the determination and vision that led one man to create an essential resource. (author's note, sources) (Informational picture book. 5-10)"
Noah Webster's path to creating his iconic dictionary is brought to life in this picture book. Read full book review >