Search Results: "Orville Schell"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2000

"Schell's reality check will surely spoil lots of sincere, if vapid, dreams out there, but if Hollywood is indeed the dream merchant (as Schell acknowledges even by his own starcrossed lights), that can't be all bad, or bad at all."
Schell (Mandate of Heaven, 1994, etc.) explores ``the depths of our collectively imagined Western version of Tibet as it seemed on the brink of reemerging in popular culture'' through the mythmaking of overheated reports sent home from travelers and in the technicolor fantasies of Hollywood. Read full book review >

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WEALTH AND POWER by Orville Schell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 2013

"An astute, knowledgeable and nicely accessible history and assessment of China for all readers."
From humiliation to glory: A vigorous scouring of the historical record by two crack Chinese scholars fleshes out the troughs and triumphs of Chinese greatness. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Schell doesn't give as immediate a sense of life in China as do Kristof and WuDunn in China Wakes (p. 826), nor has he travelled as widely, but he brings great analytical power and understanding to one of the most important political stories of our time. (Author tour)"
The latest in a splendid series by Schell (Discos and Democracy, 1988, etc.), extending over 20 years and tracking momentous changes in the world's most populous country. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"A hortatory blend of wishful thinking and old-fashioned one-world polemic: likely to convince only those already converted to the satyagraha cause."
What if they gave a war and nobody came? Or: Is there anyone in the room who's not in favor of world peace? Read full book review >

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GABRIEL'S CHRISTMAS by Porter Schell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"A sometimes-maudlin but imaginative holiday story."
A young boy's determination to give a bitter recluse a gift transforms Christmas for an Appalachian city in Schell's (Jack and Jillian, 2017, etc.) novel. Read full book review >

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UNCLE CUTCH by Porter Schell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 22, 2016

"A sometimes-unfocused but emotionally resonant novel."
An anonymous, dying poet unmasks himself to neighbors and family members in Schell's (Woody, 2016, etc.) conclusion to the three-novel Folksong Suite.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A cogent analysis of today's nuclear dangers and a plea for international action, unlikely to occur as long as America wants to handle matters on its own."
Veteran journalist Schell (A Hole in the World: A Story of War, Protest and the New American Order, 2004, etc.) warns that the nuclear peril he described in The Fate of the Earth (1982) remains, in new and nasty forms. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF LINCOLN by Orville Vernon Burton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2007

"A history of ideas that adds little to our understanding of Civil War events but offers provocative thoughts about how Americans did or (mostly) did not live up to Lincoln's ideals."
Freeing the slaves was not the Great Emancipator's greatest legacy, argues Burton (History/Univ. of Illinois). Read full book review >

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A HOLE IN THE WORLD by Jonathan Schell
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"A mixed bag, but, at its strongest moments, a modern rejoinder to I.F. Stone's In a Time of Torment."
"The world is sick. It cannot be cured with America's new war." So writes Nation magazine commentator Schell (The Unconquerable World, 2003, etc.) in this selection of his post-9/11 columns. Read full book review >

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WOODY by Porter Schell
Released: Dec. 21, 2016

"A joyfully written, American-as-apple-pie tale about what a successful life looks like."
A young baseball star wrestles with disappointment in Schell's debut YA novel. Read full book review >

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WRITING IN TIME by Jonathan Schell
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"Particularly disappointing because of the great potential demonstrated in these essays."
From the man who warned us about The Fate of the Earth (1982), an astute but unsatisfyingly incomplete collection of New York Newsday articles from 1992 to '96. Read full book review >