Search Results: "Susan Jacoby"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Lacking a stronger, schizophrenic conflict, Jacoby's memoir tastes rather half-baked."
The memoir of a Catholic-trained atheist whose (ex-Catholic) Episcopalian father turns out to have been Jewish. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A cogently argued and well-written corrective to 'the fantasy of beating old age.'"
A polemic meant to crush the notion that medical technology will soon make old age easier. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"More earnest than truculent, Jacoby writes for a readership of freethinkers, but believers who stumble upon the book will find it hard to deny that, irreligion aside, Ingersoll was a thoroughly admirable figure."
Veteran journalist Jacoby (Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age, 2011, etc.) pens less a biography than a series of sympathetic essays on the ideas of Robert Ingersoll (1833-1899), a Gilded-Age media superstar whose speeches entertained vast audiences even of those who disagreed with his agnosticism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2004

"Balm for doubting Thomases—and a welcome addition to American cultural history."
A lively history of American antispiritualism, with a stellar cast. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF AMERICAN UNREASON by Susan Jacoby
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"The argument is a little scattershot and occasionally self-serving, as social criticism tends to be, but Jacoby makes a good case for having a president who reads and a culture that provides material worth reading."
Anti-intellectualism is as American as—well, as anti-intellectualism, an ironic tradition that, writes Jacoby (Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism, 2004, etc.), allows the president to declare himself pro-education while admitting to not reading newspapers. Read full book review >

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STRANGE GODS by Susan Jacoby
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Jacoby draws the first detailed maps of a terrain that has been very much in need of intelligent, careful cartography."
In a work blending culture, religion, history, biography, and a bit of memoir (with more than a soupcon of attitude), the author of The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought (2013, etc.) returns with a revealing historical analysis of religious conversions.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"Insightful, poignant, and rife with honest revelations. (Photographs—32 pp.—not seen.)"
The story of a black Russian's life in pre-glasnost Russia, and of her quest to discover and connect with her American and African roots. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"If she is also debated—if her arguments do not get lost, as has so much else on this topic, she writes, in a 'sea of shouting'—then her book may make a significant contribution to reviving America's commitment to integration. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An almost epic, sure-to-be-controversial, attack on the racial politics of the last 30 years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2011

"An acute analysis of internecine violence based on pertinent historic episodes."
An astute historian makes the case that knowing your enemy may be precisely why he is your enemy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 1994

"Although welcome for its clarity and elegance, Jacoby's account, much more importantly, looks beyond faction toward the common good."
Jacoby (The Last Intellectuals, 1987, etc.) joins the culture wars with the aim of striking a middle balance between ``left'' and ``right''—and manages the job with brio. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGE CAREER OF WILLIAM ELLIS by Karl Jacoby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An amazing tale that is indeed 'almost too strange to be true.'"
A remarkable historical detective story that unearths the life and times of a "trickster" African-American who was able to "pass," and strive spectacularly, as Latino. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1999

"This effort does not distance Jacoby from those he attacks."
An ill-spirited but perceptive blast at contemporary political action, ideology, and theory. Read full book review >