Search Results: "Mark Perry"


BOOK REVIEW

ECLIPSE by Mark Perry
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"A first-rate briefing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An evenhanded audit of the CIA's recent history concluding that, in the years since William Casey's death, the agency has become a "quintessential government bureaucracy." Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A book that does much to explain quirks of foreign policy, providing a military context for them—and one that makes one wonder who's really in charge."
Why have we been in Afghanistan twice as long as the Soviets? Why did Saddam Hussein reign for a dozen more years after defeat in the Persian Gulf War? This study of the clash of military and civilian cultures goes a long way toward answering such questions. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Just when historical sideroads and blow-by-blow battle depictions threaten to swamp readers, Perry veers back to Oates and Chamberlain, the twin Everymen of his satisfying, wide-lens perspective on history. (16 b&w photos not seen) (History Book Club main selection; author tour)"
Focusing on two Civil War heroes who commanded opposing regiments at Gettysburg, this dual biography forges an expansive, dramatic, highly readable history of the generation that came of age during that fateful conflict. Read full book review >

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FOUR STARS by Mark Perry
Released: March 23, 1989

Scores of books have been written about the American military. Read full book review >

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THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA by Mark Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A majestic overview with an engaging sense of the nuance of character. Thankfully, Perry doesn't become mired in familiar biographical detail."
In a study of quiet authority, Perry spotlights the presumptuous commanding general at the moment of his evolving maturity during the Pacific theater and apotheosis in the Philippines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Engaging, intelligent, and likely to be of much interest to general readers, as well as of value in courses in American history, women's studies, and African American studies."
A finely rendered portrait of two Southern abolitionists and civil-rights activists, and of the time in which they lived. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2004

"Intimate, spellbinding drama of the affinity between friends, each struggling in his own way to tell the country the truth about itself."
Journalist and historian Perry (Lift Up Thy Voice, 2001, etc.) examines in remarkable detail the 15-month period during which two iconic American figures produced monumental American literature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 1994

"An engrossing look behind one of the decade's most dramatic moments."
An objective, well-researched historical backdrop to the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, by a Washington-based reporter. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY OF WHORES by Mark B. Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A poignant tale of unrequited love and sexual longing that burns slowly and lingers like cigarette smoke."
In Perry's novel, a former actor reflects on life with a Hollywood power couple. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK THAT EATS PEOPLE by John Perry
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2009

"Perfect for sharing with susceptible younger sibs or as a gift item for frenemies. (Picture book. 6-8)"
In the fine old tradition of Jon Stone's The Monster at the End of This Book, illustrated by Mike Smollin (1971), and like cautionary exercises, Perry provides thrillingly urgent warnings to steer clear of this volume—or at least not to read it while smelling of peanut butter or other foods. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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MARK HELPRIN
by Rhett Morgan

In both his travels and his writing, novelist Mark Helprin purposefully avoids the well-known icons and emblems associated with Paris, opting instead for everyday suburban streets and lesser-known architectural gems like the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière. “That’s one of the reasons that Paris is so beautiful,” the author of Paris in the Present Tense points out. “They’ve taken such great ...


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