Search Results: "Michael Novak"


BOOK REVIEW

A Pilgrim for Freedom by Michael Novakovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"A remarkable and gripping account of a boy fleeing a war-torn nation and eventually flourishing in America."
As the rumble of World War II draws closer, a young boy leaves behind his once-comfortable life in Split, Yugoslavia, to embark on a turbulent adventure. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1996

"Vocational counseling of an unusual order, as tough-minded as it is good-hearted. (Author tour)"
A spirited defense of commerce as a worthy career and of democratic capitalism as the best socioeconomic system among known alternatives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2006

"A tendentious effort to keep our founding father firmly in the fold of Our Father (and His Son)."
Other historians are wrong: George Washington was no deist or secular humanist or atheist, he was an Anglican who kept Jesus in his heart but, for political reasons, out of virtually all of his public utterances. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WRITING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT by Michael Novak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A rare thing from a public intellectual: a guileless, bileless apologia."
The political and economic education of a remarkably accomplished man. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Let's hope Novak is right. Those who are convinced prima facie that he is will likely enjoy his latest; others will wonder whether the current headlines shouldn't dim his optimism just a tad."
Inside every Viet Cong, the Marines used to say, there's an American screaming to get out. Well, mightn't that be true of Baathists and mujahedeen and fedayeen, too? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

Close on the heels of Richard John Neuhaus's Doing Well and Doing Good (p. 970) and George Weigel's The Final Revolution (p. 1247): yet another neoconservative study of Catholic teachings on economic freedom and social justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 20, 1972

"Catholic soul finds it difficult to value success') must be taken with salt but overall this is a well-argued and perceptive history of the American experience — unWASPed."
A somewhat disordered and impressionistic but sensitive exploration of the values, grievances, and prejudices of "the ethnics" which combines a plea for the politics of cultural pluralism (cities of 100,000 including "real Chinatowns," "little Italys" and "three or four Warsaws") with an imaginative assault on the presumptions of WASP "superculture." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is not the serious work we have come to expect from Novak. (Author tour)"
Glimpses of a fruitful discussion can be found here, despite the effort to hide them behind erudite claptrap. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A WISH FOR YOU by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A sweetly packaged view that a family of three beats two! (Picture book. 1-5)"
In this lighthearted chronicle of the making of a family, text and art deliver an affirmative message. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOSQUITOES CAN'T BITE NINJAS by Jordan P. Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mosquito doesn't stand a chance against a ninja. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FLIP FLOP BOP by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2005

"Fun for fans of flip-flops and summer. (Picture book. 3-7)"
What better way to herald the end of school and the start of summer than by ditching shoes and socks and donning flip-flops? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EVERYTHING MACHINE by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Dystopian allegory, lively storytelling, giggle-worthy pictures, boy appeal—yup: Everything's here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
On the planet Quirk, the Everything Machine gradually supplants both the drudgery and creativity of the populace, which on most days "just stayed in bed." Read full book review >