Search Results: "Paul Johnson"


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THE RENAISSANCE by Paul Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2000

"Respectful but not overawed, a look at the Renaissance that will energize general readers to revisit and re-evaluate Renaissance art and architecture."
If it's Thursday, this must be Michelangelo—a stimulating and sophisticated, if rapid, tour of the Italian Renaissance (with the emphasis on the visual arts in the 15th and 16th centuries). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1983

"Cankerous."
The British author of Enemies of Society (1977), a diatribe against Freudianism and Marxism, has cast his likes and dislikes in a historical narrative. Read full book review >

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MOZART by Paul Johnson
Released: Nov. 18, 2013

"A hard-sell hagiography but also a compact and knowledgeable portrait of genius."
An impassioned mash note to an immeasurable artist. Read full book review >

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EISENHOWER by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"A 120-page monograph cannot replace a complete biography, the best being Jean Edward Smith's Eisenhower in War and Peace (2012). Though Johnson's well-known right-wing views deliver an occasional jolt, this book remains a thoroughly entertaining introduction."
When he left office in 1961, historians considered Dwight Eisenhower (1890-1969) a second-rate president. His reputation's steady rise is not interrupted by this admiring, opinionated account by veteran British journalist and historian Johnson (Mozart, 2013, etc.).
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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 1972

"But despite this firm back-of-the-hand to national stereotypes, Johnson has a great affection for the slow moving, genial islanders and their unique capacity to muddle through."
A graceful and effortless perusal of 1500 years of English history, social habits, law and politics by the former editor of the New Statesman. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Paul Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Nonetheless, Johnson tries to do too much here, and the overall result is as much of a labor to read as it must have been to write."
From veteran British popular historian Johnson, an overly exhaustive account of the vigorous and violent growth of several small British colonies into the modern American nation. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE JEWS by Paul Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1987

"A very readable, useful introduction, then, especially to modern Jewish history."
A sympathetic portrait of Jewish history that is, unavoidably, sometimes idiosyncratic in its selection of material to include or omit; it's also purposefully careful to focus more on external than internal Jewish life. Read full book review >

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OPERATION REMISSION by Paul Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"A slow start builds to a rich mix of character and plot—and a big jump upward for second-novelist Johnson (Killing the Blues, 1987)."
Resurrection and elegy for the roust-'em-outta-their-beds antics of the antiwar hippies of the Sixties, designed as a thought-rousing, adult suspenser. Read full book review >

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SOCRATES by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2011

"A succinct, useful exploration of life in ancient Athens and of the great philosopher's essential beliefs."
Acclaimed historian and biographer Johnson (Humorists: From Hogarth to Noel Coward, 2010, etc.) offers a short celebration of the life and influence of the Athenian philosopher. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Nuanced and always informative, Johnson is guaranteed to stimulate even when he does not convince."
Eminent English historian of ideas Johnson (The Birth of the Modern, 1991, etc.) draws on his years of research and his classic Roman Catholicism to offer a worldview that is as personal as it is intellectually provocative. Read full book review >

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HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY by Paul Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1976

"Though scholars can cavil at points of detail, Johnson's book is a bold achievement of compression and analysis."
A first-rate history of Christianity from its emergence into a chaotic world ripe for universal monotheism to the nadir of triumphalism in the 20th century. Read full book review >

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NAPOLEON by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2002

"Despite an evident distaste for his subject, Johnson's sharp-edged view of Napoleon is well supported, and well worth considering."
The glory of France and the erstwhile Whig hero comes up short in this biography by a historian of decidedly Tory bent. Read full book review >