Search Results: "Philip F. Gura"


BOOK REVIEW

TRUTH'S RAGGED EDGE by Philip F. Gura
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2013

"Illuminating in key spots, but a slog for nonacademics."
How did 19th-century American novelists deal with liberty, equality, slavery and the changing role of religion in American life? That's the question Gura (American Literature and Culture/Univ. of North Carolina; American Transcendentalism: A History, 2007, etc.) sets out to answer in this comprehensive survey. Read full book review >

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JONATHAN EDWARDS by Philip F. Gura
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"Controversial, and a quick, enjoyable read. Gura will grab at least some of the audience of armchair-history-lovers that professional historians always claim they want to reach."
A gauntlet-throwing biography of the 18th-century minister and theologian who's in the pantheon of great American intellectuals, along with Thomas Jefferson, W.E.B. DuBois, and the James brothers. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN TRANSCENDENTALISM by Philip F. Gura
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Gura's nuanced, dense and illuminating narrative makes a perfect a companion to Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club (2001), as each considers the two dominant and ever-conflicting themes in American intellectual history: idealism and pragmatism."
Comprehensive history of America's first public intellectual movement. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1997

"An eye-opening review of the evidentiary discrepancies that are possible in a celebrated criminal case, even one with over 70 witnesses and an admission of guilt by the accused. (8 pages illustrations, not seen)"
Investigative journalist Klaber and political scientist Melanson, curator of the Kennedy Assassination Archives at the University of Massachusetts, reopen the RFK assassination in an exhaustive and intriguing study. Read full book review >

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FINDING BRENDAN by Philip F. O'Conner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"O'Conner's third may have its heart in the right place, but readers will grow out of patience with its mushiness."
A thesis novel is wrecked by the author's sentimentality and by excessive zeal in trying to show that the retarded are almost always better off outside institutions. Read full book review >

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FORTY MARTYRS by Philip F. Deaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"While reducing the stories to mere summaries makes them sound like either clichés or soap operas, Deaver's solicitude—and even love—for his characters elevates them to the level of beauty."
Nine loosely linked stories—or perhaps one loosely episodic novel—about infidelity, alcoholism, insanity, and other small-town ills, all told brilliantly and with humor and great compassion. Read full book review >

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BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME by Philip F. Napoli
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"A thoughtful, deeply personal approach to understanding the Vietnam War for the Americans who fought it."
An argument for rethinking the stereotypes of Vietnam veterans in light of oral histories of ex-servicemen and women from New York City. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Somewhat plodding, but with gems along the path."
A researcher of major US assassinations and consultant on political violence thoroughly traces the history of the Secret Service and its seemingly incongruous dual missions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Nevertheless, good fun for budding medievalists. (index) (Pop-up/nonfiction. 8-12)"
Three pop-up tableaux—of bridge, castle and cathedral—enliven this exploration of life in 1325, which takes the fortunes of one Hugo from page to knight as its loose focus. Read full book review >

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HERE LIES ARTHUR by Philip Reeve
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"Absorbing, thought-provoking and unexpectedly timely. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Is there room for yet another reworking of the Arthur legend? Read full book review >