Search Results: "Sean Wilentz"


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THE AGE OF REAGAN by Sean Wilentz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"An insightful analysis of the rise and reign of Reagan; a somewhat less successful explication of the meaning of Reaganism and its implications."
A distinguished center-left historian surveys U.S. politics over the past 35 years and pronounces Ronald Reagan, like it or not, the era's dominant figure. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2016

"A master scholar delivers a delightfully stimulating historical polemic."
A stern, thoroughly satisfying harangue on the realities of politics in the United States by the veteran, prizewinning historian. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Wilentz's book, though very long, wastes no words. A well-crafted, highly readable political history."
Is the U.S. a democracy, or a republic? As Wilentz (History/Princeton Univ.) shows in this sprawling account, Americans debated the issue from the post-revolutionary era to the Civil War. Read full book review >

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ANDREW JACKSON by Sean Wilentz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2006

"A worthy introduction to the Age of Jackson, now receiving increased attention from historians."
Old Hickory was a man of actions, not ideas—but a better president than past historians have held. Read full book review >

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BOB DYLAN IN AMERICA by Sean Wilentz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"One for the practicing Dylanologist—general readers should approach with caution."
A noted historian tries to shed light on the less-traveled byways in Bob Dylan's epic journey. Read full book review >

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THE KINGDOM OF MATTHIAS by Paul E. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A chilling study in social psychology, this volume explores the dark energies behind leaders such as Jim Jones and David Koresh and the needs they exploit."
Combining rare narrative skills and historical detail, Johnson (History/Univ. of Utah) and Wilentz (History/Princeton) recreate the fascinating tale of a false prophet and his misguided followers in New York in the 1820s and '30s. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2006

"Weaker than, though akin to, Didion."
Better known for her serious writing (Martyrs' Crossing, 2001, etc.), Wilentz takes wicked, witty tear through the Left Coast. Read full book review >

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MARTYRS’ CROSSING by Amy Wilentz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2001

"An impressively savvy political novel that compares interestingly with Robert Stone's Damascus Gate (1998)."
An increasingly suspenseful debut novel from the award-winning New Yorker writer (The Rainy Season, 1989) that spins a persuasively elaborate plot from a tragic "incident" at a Jerusalem checkpoint. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An extraordinarily frank cultural study/memoir that eschews platitudes of both tragedy and hope."
A veteran journalist captures the functioning chaos of Haiti. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An uneven but very workable guide. (resources, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8-13)"
A tutorial lesson book on programming in Scratch, along with a Web-design primer. Read full book review >

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WISE YOUNG FOOL by Sean Beaudoin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Hit-and-miss humor, but worth a read for budding rock stars. (Fiction. 14-18)"
Smart-mouthed rock guitarist Ritchie Sudden forms a band and spends time in a juvenile-detention facility. Read full book review >

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A WASTE OF GOOD PAPER by Sean Taylor
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"A moving story about hurt children, brave teachers and the poetry within. (author's note) (Fiction. 11-16)"
Through the journal he keeps, Jason Dooley offers readers a window into his life at Heronford, a British school for kids with behavioral and emotional difficulties. Read full book review >