Search Results: "Paul Johnson"


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CHURCHILL by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"Personal reflections meet large-scale history, most satisfyingly."
A slender volume on that most unslender of subjects, Winston Churchill. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"The author's vast stores of scholarship and reading keep this jaunty trek from becoming corny."
In a companion volume to Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney (2006), prolific English historian Johnson offers a highly idiosyncratic selection of his favorite extraordinary mortals, male and female. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1991

"Maddeningly long and highly opinionated, but a lively and readable history of a world 'exhilarated and sometimes bewildered by the rapid changes which were transforming it."
A gargantuan panorama of the 15 transforming years immediately after the Napoleonic era, when "peace came and immense new resources in finance, management, science and technology which were now available could be put to constructive purposes." Read full book review >

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INTELLECTUALS by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1989

"An outspoken study, then, founded upon the belief that traditional values and virtues are the most reliable guides to private conduct and public policy—and that the opinions of intellectuals are often dangerous."
An iconoclastic collection of 12 critical and biographical estimates of leading writers—Rousseau, Shelley, Marx, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Sartre, Russell, and others—with a final chapter commenting more briefly on figures such as Orwell, Mailer, Baldwin, and Chomsky. Read full book review >

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ART by Paul Johnson
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Unorthodox, and definitely not for beginners, but a delightful exercise for the educated consumer."
Unapologetically opinionated, slightly Anglocentric narrative from respected popular historian Johnson (A History of the American People, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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ENEMIES OF SOCIETY by Paul Johnson
Released: Aug. 1, 1977

"Occasionally slipping into hysterics, this book merely updates Popper's questionable work without adding any sustained theoretical content."
Freedom and civilization are the products of middle-class values and activities, and those who question those values are enemies of society'—such is the tired and outworn conclusion of this tired and pretentious tract. Read full book review >

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STALIN by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Whether the book can remedy that situation is unknown, as well, but as informed opinion, it's very satisfying."
Slender character study of "one of the outstanding monsters civilization has yet produced." Read full book review >

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POPE JOHN PAUL II AND THE CATHOLIC RESTORATION by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 1982

"If not, Johnson's effort is liable to sound like just another shrill blast on the Vatican trumpet."
The best conservative treatment of the Pope to date, but so fiercely partisan that no one to the left of William Buckley will be able to stomach it. 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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GEORGE WASHINGTON by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2005

"Slight, sometimes debatable but thoroughly well written: a good starting point for those who want to brush up on why Washington matters all these years later."
A slender, interpretation-laden biography of the first president. Read full book review >