Search Results: "Ronald K.L. Collins"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"A balanced history—sometimes admiring, sometimes blistering—of the writers who fractured the glass capsule of literary conformity."
The co-authors of The Trials of Lenny Bruce (2002) return with a sharp-edged history of the Beats. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Detailed, objective, and valuable. (b&w photos)"
Lenny Bruce's career was a rhapsody in blue material. His comedy made him a master of free speech; his death sanctified him. Here, two thoughtful lawyers explore in depth some of the comic's tribulations and trials. Read full book review >

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WILKIE COLLINS by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A compact, pithy, and generous biography of a novelist who found great success despite writing in the age of Dickens, Eliot, and Trollope."
The latest installment in the author's Brief Lives series is dedicated to the popular British novelist Wilkie Collins (1824-1889). Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Andrew Helfer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Gives credit where due, but not in a manner that is likely to please conservative partisans."
Part primer, part polemic, this graphic biography scratches the surface of what its creators depict as a comic-book presidency. Read full book review >

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MICHAEL COLLINS by James Mackay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Despite minor shortcomings, this is the best life of Collins now available, published just in time to coincide with Neil Jordan's film Michael Collins, with Liam Neeson in the lead role."
A stirring, comprehensive life of the great Irish patriot. ``If you think you understand what's going on, you're just confused,'' says a graffito current in Belfast. Read full book review >

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SLEEPY RONALD by Jack Gantos
Released: Sept. 15, 1976

"But since the pictures have narrative punch to go with their visual zap, they just might carry this sleeper along."
Rubel's splashy, tutti-frutti backgrounds were a natural environment for Rotten Ralph (p. 129, J-39). Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Jacob Weisberg
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This concise biography makes a good case that Reagan was the second most important president of the 20th century after Franklin Roosevelt."
The latest in the commendable American Presidents series is a thoughtful biography of an increasingly well-regarded president. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A significant book, if surely arguable in granting Reagan more depth and ability than most nonbelievers have hitherto suspected."
A middle-of-the-road liberal (John Adams, 2003, etc.) looks into Ronald Reagan's soul and concludes that it was great—and that the president was "politically wise, humane, and magnanimous" to boot. Read full book review >

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RONALD KNOX by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 15, 1959

"He does more than record his subject's exterior life; he provides a record of a lost era — which World War I changed forever."
Although this biography was respectfully reviewed when it was first published in England — due, one suspects, as much to its author as to its subject — it was apparent that, for his countrymen, Ronald Knox, the man, remains essentially remote. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Obvious and therefore easily overlooked, Wallison's interpretation of the Reagan style has a credible ring, whether or not one agrees with Reagan's agenda. (10 b&w photos)"
Erstwhile White House counsel Wallison earmarks the reasons for his former boss's success as president, seeking to reveal the heart of how Reagan governed. Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Dinesh D’Souza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Political posturing aside, this is a glib volume that will warm the hearts of those who harbor a nostalgia for the Reagan era. (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
D'Souza (Illiberal Education, 1991, etc.) breaks with most Reagan administration alumni by idolizing the former president rather than writing a critical kiss-and-tell memoir. Read full book review >