Search Results: "Pierre Birnbaum"


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THE IDEA OF FRANCE by Pierre Birnbaum
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An academic study that will be of some interest to lay readers, but likely to appeal mainly to specialists of European politics and history."
An account of modern French politics and society, from the distinguished Sorbonne philosopher Birnbaum (Jewish Destinies, 2000). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Timely, given the recent swell of xenophobia in France, and a useful supplement to standard histories of the episode, such as Jean-Denis Bredin's The Affair."
Liberty, equality, and fraternity? For everyone but Jews—as much of France strenuously believed a century ago, according to this provocative study of anti-Semitism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Regrettably, although his analyses are long on insight and intelligence, Birnbaum is a dry writer, and much of this important volume, despite its many resonances for America's own multicultural debates, is a hard slog."
While France enters the next millennium as an embattled multicultural society, like much of the rest of the West, Birnbaum (Political Science/the Sorbonne; Anti-Semitism in France, not reviewed) ponders the nation's Jews as a weathervane for social change. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Useful and interesting socialist takes on 20th-century history, but far short of the compelling social prophecy to which it aspires."
An analysis of 20th-century social reform that explores Western history and economics in order to comment on the current state and future prospects of socialism. Read full book review >

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CHRONICLE OF THE GUAYAKI INDIANS by Pierre Clastres
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1998

"The account is anything but dry and didactic; Clastres wrote a vibrant but inescapably poignant study about one more doomed tribe of indigenous people. (photos, not seen)"
In an account that is both living history and historical document, a now-vanished tribe of Paraguayan Indians is described as it lives out its last few years of existence. Read full book review >

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MASTERS AND SERVANTS by Pierre Michon
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Stylistically demanding, but a book often as passionate, beautiful, and skilled as the paintings it springs from."
Michon offers a brilliant tour de force of five pieces about art and artists: an often indescribably eloquent modern taking up where Vasari, say, might have left off. Read full book review >

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VERNON GOD LITTLE by DBC Pierre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Humor and mass murder make for strange bedfellows, and first-timer Pierre fails to find the tone that might harmonize them."
A schoolyard massacre, a teenager on the lam, gross-out humor, and jabs at the media. Read full book review >

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WORTHY by Lisa Birnbaum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An uneven story anchored by a memorable protagonist."
A Florida transplant from Eastern Europe meditates on life and love. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1999

"Curiously involving miniatures of five brave women who confronted, but did not always overcome, rigid social barriers. (5 b&w photos)"
Brief biographies of five Japanese women who challenged national mores and cultural expectations in the years before WWII. Read full book review >

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Released: May 13, 1991

"But, still, a useful and lively introduction to a new generation of Japanese writers."
A collection of short stories, excerpts from novels, and one manga comic from Japan's ``Brat Pack'' that, with one exception, have not previously appeared in the US. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2011

"A brave, unflagging memoir."
A culinary-minded journalist reckons with the loss of her sense of smell. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"An intricate analysis rather than a denunciation—but in focusing on the day-to-day activities of a handful of highly skilled lobbyists, Birnbaum conveys the ambiguous relationship between Congress and those who solicit its favors."
An attempt to convey how lobbyists really work in Washington, by Wall Street Journal reporter Birnbaum (coauthor, Showdown at Gucci Gulch, 1987). Read full book review >