Search Results: "Robert H. Ferrell"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Though claiming an alarming trend toward medical coverups in the White House during the past century, Ferrell provides extensive data on only Eisenhower's case; if a pattern exists, he doesn't conclusively demonstrate it."
Medical coverups—and goof-ups—in the White House since Grover Cleveland's day, by the author/editor of numerous books on U.S. Presidents (Truman, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"A fine contextual presentation of an important historical document exposing a crooked, greedy, ruthless political empire that short-circuited the democratic process and betrayed the public trust."
Published for the first time since it was submitted to Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau in 1942, treasury agent Hartmann's 1939 report on his investigation of the corrupt Pendergast political machine in Kansas City, Mo., resulted in convictions and prison terms for Thomas J. Pendergast and his lieutenants. Read full book review >

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HARRY S. TRUMAN by Robert H. Ferrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"An incisive study of a gutsy underdog who rose to the occasion."
An estimable biography that portrays Truman, the patron saint of beleaguered pols, as an ordinary American but an extraordinary president. Read full book review >

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THE PRESIDENCY OF CALVIN COOLIDGE by Robert H. Ferrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 1998

"A well-researched account of American policy and society during the 1920s, which should become a standard reference, to the extent one is necessary, on this anything-but-visionary president."
From presidential biographer and historian Ferrell (Indiana Univ.; The Dying President?, p. 168; Harry S. Truman, 1994; Ill-Advised, 1992), a thoughtful, suitably prosaic treatment of the life, career, and legacy, such as it is, of Silent Cal. Read full book review >

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TRUMAN AND PENDERGAST by Robert H. Ferrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Enhanced by fresh research, this is a valuable behind-the-scenes account of the rise of a plainspoken, no-nonsense, ordinary man to extraordinary levels of power and accomplishment."
A study of Truman's career from his 1922 start in politics through his surprising reelection to the US Senate in 1940, focusing on his relationship with the corrupt Pendergast political machine that ruled Kansas City, Mo. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"Though slight, this volume, based on much previously unavailable documentation, does provide an intimate glimpse of the last days of one of America's greatest presidents. (45 illustrations, not seen)"
A brief study of the medical and political coverups that prevented the American people from learning that in 1944 they had reelected a president who was dying, from the prolific writer/editor who has created something of a sub-genre of history- -sick presidents (Ill Advised: Presidential Health and Public Trust, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LAST BOY by Robert H. Lieberman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Intriguing, but more a mission statement than a novel."
An empty-at-the-center ecothriller in which the disappearance, and then reappearance, of a boy in the town of Ithaca, New York, makes him a new messiah. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Bates's comprehensive scholarship and his field experience in developing nations give this dense, closely argued text a force that will strike even general readers. (3 maps, not seen)"
A slender but challenging monograph exploring the role of violence in economies and societies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"At the edges where popular science and popular social criticism meet, with interesting if not always sharply limned arguments."
I want my MTV—and my doughnuts and my meth. Thus the American mind, racing to attain rewards that entire industries are glad to supply. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2008

"A pleasing mixture of high-seas adventure and shrewd analysis."
An illuminating look at an underappreciated chapter of the Revolutionary War: the daring, faintly disreputable, privateer war on British maritime interests. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Nothing new here, but the author knows his subject, and his lucid prose is a pleasure to read."
A traditional history of WWI, viewed typically as a major tragedy of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"The chances that his ideas will be widely embraced are, of course, approximately equivalent to the chances that manufacturers will stop using human envy to sell their products, but they are nevertheless worth considering."
A scientific attack on luxury that, though a little preachy, is not just an ascetic diatribe. Read full book review >