Search Results: "Nancy Isenberg"


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FALLEN FOUNDER by Nancy Isenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2007

"Readers of Thomas Fleming's Duel (1999) and Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton (2004) might profitably turn to this splendid biography for a necessary and overdue corrective."
Persuasive reconsideration of possibly the most scandalous figure in American history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2016

"A riveting thesis supported by staggering research."
A rigorously researched study of the entrenched system of racial classification that dispels many myths about American national identity. Read full book review >

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MADISON AND JEFFERSON by Andrew Burstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A superb book that greatly deepens our understanding of these founders."
A monumental account of a 50-year political partnership that shaped the early history of the United States. Read full book review >

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WOMEN WHO LOVE MEN WHO KILL by Sheila Isenberg
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 1991

"Isenberg's skills in getting these women to reveal themselves, her ability to present them as sympathetic and understandable, and her synthesis of the material they provided make for an engrossing report."
Journalist Isenberg provides a fascinating look at women ``compelled to dance with the masters of death''—women so obsessed with convicted murderers that they marry them, giving up all else in their lives, including their children, to fulfill their deepest fantasies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Isenberg's readable, straightforward history—less a critical analysis than Alisa Solomon's Wonder of Wonders (2013), which covers the same territory—is, with just an expedient hint of schmaltz, a loving tribute to a cultural phenomenon."
Half a century of sunrises and sunsets have passed since Fiddler on the Roof opened. It's still playing to full houses somewhere, and theater journalist Isenberg (Conversations with Frank Gehry, 2009, etc.) expounds happily on why it remains such a satisfactory hit for all audiences. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"An undistinguished biography of a problematic hero."
The life of a little-known American WWII hero. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"With a keen eye for detail, Isenberg (English/Marist Coll.; A Hero of Our Own: The Story of Varian Fry, 2001, etc.) explores Gardiner's life and admirable sacrifices, but the narrative lacks the emotional depth readers may expect from such riveting raw material."
Academic portrayal of an American socialite who became integral to the Austrian Nazi Resistance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A thoroughly researched and frequently enlightening but somewhat ponderous tribute to a beloved classic."
A film scholar explores the legendary history and lasting appeal of Casablanca (1942). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"The comprehensive text—which invites favorable comparison with works by John Keegan, Samuel Eliot Morison, and other giants of military history—is accompanied by maps and 70 photos (not seen)."
A vivid, nuanced, often witty log on the modern Navy. Read full book review >

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WYATT EARP by Andrew C. Isenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 9, 2013

"Thorough research enriches the paint in this convincing and often unflattering portrait."
Isenberg (History/Temple Univ.; Mining California: An Ecological History, 2005, etc.) examines the life and legend of the famous lawman/liar/faro dealer/boxing referee/advisor on Western movies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"A strong complement to the work of William Cronon, Richard White, Patricia Nelson Limerick and other modern historians of the American West."
Forget rugged individualism: corporations owned the Old West, agribusiness dominated the 19th-century landscape, and speculators looted the public trust. Read full book review >

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NANCY MACLEAN
by Jody Seaborn

It seems inevitable the phrase “vast right-wing conspiracy” will pop into your head while reading Duke University historian Nancy MacLean’s disquieting Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America. After all, the phrase made famous by Hillary Clinton in the 1990s popped into MacLean’s head a few times while she researched and wrote her ...


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