Search Results: "Philip Dray"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 2010

"In the end, Dray's account is evenhanded—not all bosses are bad, not all activists good—but it is clear where his sympathies lie, especially in his prescriptions for a renewed international labor movement for the future."
Exemplary history of the American labor movement, from its time-shrouded beginnings to its murky present. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2008

"A welcome addition to the literature of the Civil War and Reconstruction Era, and important for students of the civil-rights movement and its origins."
Impeccably written study of the brief post-Civil War period in which African-Americans were admitted to Congress—with the door subsequently closed to them for the next century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2002

"This is history most fundamental, the kind that forces us to ponder the very nature of humanity."
The ghastly story of lynching, by the coauthor of We Are Not Afraid: The Story of Goodman, Schwerner, Chaney, and the Civil Rights Campaign for Mississippi. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2005

"Very little that shocks or illuminates. (Illustrated throughout)"
Yes, he actually flew that kite, and his greatest invention, the lightning rod, occasioned great debates about humankind's audacious interference with God's judgments. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

The author of an adult study of the history of lynching addresses a younger audience in this stirring tribute to an African-American journalist who, more than any other single figure, is associated with bringing the despicable practice to an end. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

"At once fascinating and horrifying: a timely study of one scientific advance that proved to be a decidedly mixed blessing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Shifting from civil-rights history (We Are Not Afraid, 1988) to an especially tragic path of 20th-century progress, Cagin and Dray offer a well-written, devastatingly detailed chronicle of the widespread use of CFCs over more than 60 years. Read full book review >

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PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

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KING PHILIP by Esther Averill
Released: Oct. 18, 1950

"Mark this as a three star attraction — for school, regional interest and a swell story."
A thrilling and sincerely conceived story of the great chief of the Narragansett Indians who led a "rebellion" against the New England colonists in 1675. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by James Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Definitive in its scope and detail but somewhat too hagiographic."
A scholar who has published previously about Philip Larkin (1922-1985) returns with a full-meal biography glowing with admiration. Read full book review >

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PHILIP SIDNEY by Alan Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While the accretion of detail upon detail sometimes slows the narrative flow, Stewart provides a textured insight into the society that shaped the poet. (14 illustrations, 13 b&w plates)"
A lengthy account of a short life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Calorie-rich fare for those who enjoy snacking on royal stories."
The author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007) returns with a flattering account of Philip, who could have become King of Greece but instead married the woman who would be queen. Read full book review >

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PHILIP LARKIN by Andrew Motion
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"Sure to be the standard life for some time, this cadaverous book seems dead to Larkin's amazing sense of humor, one of the sources of his poetic achievement. (Photos)"
One of three literary executors of British poet Philip Larkin (1922-85), fellow poet Motion (The Lamberts, 1987) ill serves his subject with this drab, exhaustive biography full of bland literary criticism and inappropriate psychologizing. Read full book review >