Search Results: "Peter Davison"


BOOK REVIEW

GEORGE ORWELL by George Orwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2013

"Illuminates Orwell's political convictions and gives fleeting but vivid glimpses of his personal qualities."
A representative selection, culled from the 20-volume Complete Works, which Davison co-edited, of correspondence by and to 20th-century England's fiercest literary opponent of totalitarianism. Read full book review >

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DIARIES by George Orwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2012

"Editor Davison (English/De Montfort Univ.) supplies necessary contextual information and footnotes generously, but stays in the shadows and allows us to truly enjoy Orwell's impressive chronicles."
A co-editor of George Orwell's Complete Works offers a lushly annotated edition of Orwell's diaries from 1931 to 1949. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"Don't look for answers here. (16 b&w illustrations)"
A pedestrian look at the postwar Boston poetry scene by a lesser poet filled with his own self-importance. Read full book review >

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THE CROOKED MAN by Philip Davison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 25, 2002

"Hip, slick, and surprisingly deft: a strangely uplifting tale of perfectly dreadful people."
A Dublin novelist/film editor debuts here with a taut, richly understated crime thriller, the first in a series, about a bad man trapped in his own dark world. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Small vessels of love, a fruity selection possessing charm and devoid of pretense—and as vulnerable as confessions."
Deceptively light verse on love, from newcomer Davison, that in its sheer nakedness assumes a specific gravity. Read full book review >

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MCKENZIE’S FRIEND by Philip Davison
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 25, 2003

"Elegant but flat. Davison pushes his characters' nihilism to such an extreme that, after a while, the engines driving his story (i.e., the pursuit of truth and justice) become too flooded with cynicism to turn over."
Another noir thriller from Dubliner Davison follows p.i. Harry Fielding (Crooked Man, 2002) as he searches London's underworld for a wealthy publicist's missing daughter. Read full book review >

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STATE OF UNION by Sven Michael Davison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Though slightly programmed around action-blockbuster tropes, this harrowing cyber-pulp fiction brings the thrills."
As a synthetic plague causesmore and more humans to be implanted—"immunized"—with mind-control chips, ex-cop Jake "Jackhammer" Travissi, who survived his own digital zombification, fights the global conspiracy with his dwindling allies. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 1991

"Though giving short shrift to the secular viewpoint, Hunter still provides an informative look at America's ambiguous spiritual character."
America's ``identity'' is seen as a history of religious strife in this probing yet somewhat slanted study. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Hunter provides some important balance for excesses in contemporary amorality, but he won't be able to roll back the tide that has long since washed over us."
A too-strongly argued case for modifying moral education and rescuing character from the self-esteem Nazis and feel-good shrinks. Read full book review >

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America's Suicide by Michael H. Davison
NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 2014

"Often intellectually lively, though the venom can be a turnoff."
A political diagnosis of the ills causing America's rapid decline and a philosophically minded remedy. Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 1994

"Although he exaggerates the significance of the abortion issue with regard to the continued existence of an American cultural unity, Hunter does make shrewd and intriguing points about the media and their ever-accelerating moronism—though hardly ones we have not heard before."
Noting that cultural wars tend to precede the shooting kind, sociologist Davison (Univ. of Virginia; Culture Wars, 1991, etc.) opens here with some pretty hair-raising prognostications: the last time America was rent by such bitterly acrimonious debate over fundamental issues of political ideology was just prior to the Civil War. Read full book review >