Search Results: "Norman Podhoretz"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2007

"Dashed-off hackwork meant, like the neocon con as a whole, to profit from bad times."
Why do they hate us? Because they're not human, and because Carter and Clinton namby-pambyed instead of nuking the Islamists back into the Stone Age. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Equally opposed to conservative despair and liberal nihilism, Podhoretz prescribes an optimistic, grateful patriotism as the best antidote for moral decay."
The education and polemics of the eminent editor, literary critic, and neoconservative. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"This reminiscence at its best is suffused with wistfulness for the vanishing of intellectual community but suffers from an inability to reconsider as it remembers."
Even the title of this collection of short pieces about famous writers he has known demonstrates that former Commentary editor and undying neocon guru Podhoretz (The Bloody Crossroads, 1986, etc.) continues to display the temperament that Shirley MacLaine attributed to Debra Winger: turbulent brilliance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2002

"Forceful, challenging, and at times sublimely ridiculous."
Influential critic (editor of Commentary for 30 years), neoconservative figurehead, and one-time Hebrew scholar revisits the "poetry" of the biblical prophets. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A frisky if cautionary saga of political decline and fall, as well as a diverting backstairs tour related by a perceptive and irreverent conservative."
Podhoretz the Younger—former White House apparatchik, son of Norman, and debut author—sheds some harsh light on the Executive Branch and, with some heat and a lot of wit, explains just what George Bush and other inquiring minds would like to know: what changed and how the Bushes lost the key to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Read full book review >

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CITY BIRDS by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"While Norman's book is pleasing and upbeat, it is only a cursory glance, lacking any real substance. (Graphic nonfiction. 6-10)"
A graphic novel tells the story of two urban falcons raising their young high upon a Midwestern edifice. Read full book review >

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SPOOK THE HALLOWEEN CAT by Dean Norman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"A well-meaning narrative fail. (Graphic fiction. 7-10)"
On Halloween, a series of events leads to a young girl, a helpful man, a lost cat, a friendly witch, and an excitable dog crossing paths with mixed results. Read full book review >

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THE LAND OF NEVERBELIEVE by Norman Messenger
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2012

"For young would-be tourists as well as students of nature's more fanciful imaginary reaches, the next best thing to an actual visit. (Picture book. 7-10)"
Free-floating imagination meets artistic expertise in this visual record of the exotic flora, fauna and (more or less) human residents encountered on an unexpected visit to an elusive island. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 1999

"Whether one finds Breindel's pervasive anti-Communism neurotically obsessive or fiercely patriotic, his editorials make for powerful, historic reading."
Nearly 70 columns from the New York Post's late editorial page editor raise a conservative voice against perceived excesses of the progressive left. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An inviting, inarguably authentic collection. (Folklore. 8-12)"
Norman (The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese, 1997) presents seven trickster tales collected from living Algonquian storytellers, collated from multiple versions and backed up by specific source notes. Read full book review >

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NO TIGERS IN AFRICA by Norman Silver
FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"Heavy-handed writing and superfluous teen-novel detritus—vomiting, rough language, a glandular romantic subplot—make this hard-going; still, this South African author explores the ways his native society victimizes everyone in it. (Fiction. YA)"
A turgid story about a teenager and his family, deeply warped by their South African past, trying to build a new life in England. Read full book review >

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WAITING FOR THE FIREWORKS by Norman Sage
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Piercing observations paired with wonderfully comic phrasing: small gems from a master of the form."
Octogenarian Sage debuts with 14 wry and moving tales, all marked by their depth of perception into the workings of the human heart. Read full book review >