Search Results: "Ronald Takaki"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1998

"In putting together this work, he has contributed much to that effort."
Takaki (Ethnic Studies/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley) continues his popular history of multicultural America, earlier presented so effectively in A Different Mirror (1996) and Strangers from a Distant Shore (1990). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1995

"An eloquent perspective on the atomic bombings, unusual for its simple focus on getting the facts right instead of blaming or exonerating those responsible for the decision."
In a thoughtful and generally nonpolemical contribution to the extensive literature on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Takaki (Ethnic Studies/Berkeley; Democracy and Race, 1994, etc.) focuses on the complexities of the personalities of the American decision-makers, particularly that of Harry Truman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 10, 1993

"Condensing centuries of history into a chapter or two for each group unavoidably leads to oversimplification and occasionally familiar material; still, an excellent jumping-off place, with bibliographic notes pointing the way for further reading. (Photographs—not seen)"
A valuable survey of the American experience of several racial and ethnic minorities: readable popular history in the mode of Takaki's Strangers from a Different Shore (1989). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Sturdy, readable, disturbing. (Chronology; bibliography; index; b&w photos) (Nonfiction. 11-15)"
In a concise and outraged voice, Takaki (Journey to Gold Mountain, p. 637, etc.) uses plenty of quotations and specific instances—even poetry—to describe both the physical and emotional effects of the anti-Japanese sentiment that swept the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 1994

"Map; chronology; bibliography (including some children's books); index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
This first in a new YA series, The Asian American Experience, is adapted from the author's 500-plus-page Strangers from a Different Shore (1989); it chronicles Asian immigration to the US and Canada between 1849 and the Immigration Act of 1924, which prohibited it. Read full book review >

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NONFICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Chronology; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Most Chinese immigrants found only racist reactions from Americans of European descent; according to this informative account, the resulting restrictive legislation created an insular ``bachelor society'' by the end of the 19th century. 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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CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Still, the emphasis on original material will bring readers closer to the tragic history of these new Americans than books based on secondary sources, such as William McGuire's Southeast Asians (1991). (chronology, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
Unlike many other immigrant groups, southeast Asians have come to the US as refugees, surviving invasions, mass murder, dangerous journeys, bloodthirsty pirates, squalid campsnot to mention sudden separation from loved ones and loss of possessions. Read full book review >

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YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"In either iteration, a provocative counter to conventional, blinkered views of our national story. (endnotes, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
A classic framing of this country's history from a multicultural perspective, clumsily cut and recast into more simplified language for young readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >