Search Results: "Thomas P. Hughes"


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RESCUING PROMETHEUS by Thomas P. Hughes
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 19, 1998

"A complex book, but the attentive reader will be able to manage it. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The odd and elusive story of how large-scale technological projects of the post-WWII era have created new, postmodern methods of management and engineering. Read full book review >

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Released: April 28, 1989

A major work in American history and sociology, depicting a nation shaped not by politics or economics, but by systems of technology. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

"What would be gawky, ill-plotted, and rambling as fiction, as fact becomes an unbelievably compelling journey to the depths of human depravity."
A former investigator of neo-Nazis turns his detective skills and underworld contacts to the almost equally sordid and furtive world of violent pornography in this incredible globe-trotting odyssey. Read full book review >

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INDEPENDENCE by Thomas P. Slaughter
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2014

"Erudite and fascinating but occasionally too dense and difficult to follow."
There was a lot more to gaining independence from Britain than the Boston Tea Party. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2008

"Any understanding of the history of social reform in America begins with Woolman, and understanding Woolman begins here."
A masterful biography of the Quaker prophet and path-breaking social reformer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"An admirable study of a significant precursor to the Civil War, with specific details providing a springboard to broader treatment of the issues and tensions of the time."
A wide-ranging, fascinating investigation by Slaughter (History/Rutgers) into the social and racial circumstances surrounding the Christiana Riot of 1851, in which runaway slaves stood up to the master who tracked them down and killed him. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An invigorating, accessible contribution to the study of early American science."
A fine exploration of the history of natural history, focusing on the Bartrams of Pennsylvania, father and son. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2003

"A rich, provocative work that merits attention during the commemorative season to come. (See Brian Hall's I Should Be Extremely Happy in Your Company, p. 1494, for an expertly drawn fictional recreation of the Lewis and Clark expedition.)"
In chapters that stand alone as essays and follow themes not found in more sober works of history ("Dreams," "Writing First," "Why Snakes?," etc.), Slaughter (History/Notre Dame) examines questions that some celebrants of the Lewis and Clark bicentenary may not want to see raised. Read full book review >

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AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY by Theodore Dreiser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2003

"It's America's Crime and Punishment."
A new edition of Dreiser's massive 1925 masterpiece, a thrillingly detailed social panorama onto which a vivid, sobering tale of ambition and murder and their consequences is painstakingly grafted. Read full book review >

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DREISER'S RUSSIAN DIARY by Thomas P. Riggio
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dreiser or in the USSR of the 1920s."
Notes on Theodore Dreiser's two-month 192728 tour of the Soviet Union that provided the material for the book Dreiser Looks at Russia (1928). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"An illuminating portrait of the Civil War, seen from an unusual perspective."
Psychiatrist Lowry (Tarnished Eagles, not reviewed) and physician Welsh (Medicine/Univ. of Oklahoma) sift through the 80,000 court-martial transcripts in the National Archives to produce one of the few recent Civil War histories based on original research. Read full book review >