Search Results: "Michael Kazin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2011

"A coherent, wide-ranging analysis of a century of political and social activism in America."
A spirited defense of the positive role played by left-wing radicals in shaping American society. Read full book review >

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THE POPULIST PERSUASION by Michael Kazin
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A solid historical view, slightly deflated by Kazin's muddled speculation on the need for new, inclusive social movements that incorporate the historic language of populism."
A timely history of the American politicians and publicists who have appealed to ``the people.'' Kazin (History/American Univ.; Barons of Labor, not reviewed) shows how populist language has a complicated history, full of irony, paradox, and at times menace. Read full book review >

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A GODLY HERO by Michael Kazin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2006

"History that remains solidly relevant today, and a real eye-opener for anyone who thinks that fierce debates over tax reform, corporate power, imperialism and evolution are recent developments in American politics and culture."
A biography of populist politician William Jennings Bryan that demonstrates that progressive evangelicalism is nothing new. Read full book review >

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WAR AGAINST WAR by Michael Kazin
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An illuminating, if discouraging, account of a doomed attempt to pull America back from an abyss."
A history of the campaign to oppose American intervention in World War I. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Their thoroughgoing research and vivid writing make this a book of interest to students and general readers alike. (45 photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly detailed, well-written history of the tumultuous recent past. Read full book review >

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GOD AND THE AMERICAN WRITER by Alfred Kazin
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1997

"Often more ecstatic than analytic, still this is an intensely erudite rereading of American authors' varieties of religious experience."
Writing with his usual stylistic verve and penetration, Kazin examines our great authors' uneasy but self-sufficient sense of God. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2003

"Despite the inevitable omissions—his warmly democratic tribute to the New York Public Library being the most egregious—an enthralling introduction to the work of a man who 'lived to read' and conveyed that passion to his own readers for half a century."
Selections from the distinguished late critic's books and articles highlight his sense of kinship with American writers from Hawthorne to Didion. Read full book review >

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A LIFETIME BURNING IN EVERY MOMENT by Alfred Kazin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 1996

With over 50 years' worth of raw material to plunder and pick through, Kazin unearths pieces of autobiographical and critical prototypes, along with literary gossip, academic kvetching, private rhapsodies, and 20th-century angst. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL NESMITH
by Nick A. Zaino III

Michael Nesmith’s first big job in the music industry didn’t make much sense to him. He was hired—along with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork—to be part of a rock and roll band on television called the Monkees. It would change his life in ways he couldn’t quite comprehend. He addresses this in his new memoir, Infinite Tuesday: An ...


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MICHAEL FRANK
by Marjorie Baumgarten

Perhaps you recognize the names of Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. A married couple, they were Hollywood screenwriters responsible for authoring such Oscar-nominated classics as Hud and Norma Rae. Active from the late Forties through the mid-Eighties, the collaborators built a reputation for quality scripts based on their eight films with maverick filmmaker Martin Ritt and their screen adaptations ...


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ÉDOUARD LOUIS
by Rhett Morgan

In 2014 at the age of 22, Édouard Louis published his first novel, The End of Eddy, in France and caused a sensation in the French press. Like another recently celebrated European author, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Louis takes directly from his own life to craft bleak images. Also like Knausgaard, he came under intense media scrutiny as investigative journalists sought ...


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BOOK REVIEW

The Truth The Whole Truth Nothing but the Truth by Michael
NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2011

"Sprightly throughout, this volume portrays a belief system that is vehement though rarely novel."
A debut book offers a no-nonsense guide to biblical teachings, with a particular emphasis on the truth found in the Bible itself. Read full book review >