Search Results: "William Ayers"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 9, 1997

"Likely to challenge many of our preconceptions, this is a graceful and passionate vision of the criminal justice system. (For another look at Chicago's troubled youth, see LeAlan Jones and Lloyd Newman's Our America, p. 612.) (Author tour)"
A sympathetic, revealing portrait of young people caught up in the juvenile justice system, and a searing indictment of the society that has failed to nurture them. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Even so, these are mostly sound essays illuminating how the media's coverage of juvenile crime has led to blanket policies that can make little sense."
An analysis of the "zero tolerance" policies often implemented in today's schools, and the ways these policies have disproportionately affected black and Latino students. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE OF THE NEW SOUTH, 1877-1906 by Edward L. Ayers
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Ayers succeeds in depicting the post-Reconstruction South not as a repressed backwater of American life, but as a region that, despite substantial injustices, made significant contributions to American life."
A uniquely comprehensive cultural, political, and social history of post-Reconstruction, exploring not only ``the South's deep poverty and institutionalized injustice'' but also ``the complexity of experience in the new South.'' Ayers (History/Univ. of Virginia; Vengeance and Justice, 1983) aims ``to understand what it meant to live in the American South in the years after Reconstruction.'' To achieve this, he examines the matrix of economic and societal forces that shaped the South's singular culture. Read full book review >

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FUGITIVE DAYS by Bill Ayers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Younger readers who weren't around during the Vietnam protest era will still feel like they're missing something."
An overblown yet oddly sketchy memoir recalling Ayers's days in the Weather Underground. Read full book review >

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PUBLIC ENEMY by Bill Ayers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"No matter how they feel about his politics, readers of this memoir should find the author's humanity irresistible."
The one-time Weather Underground fugitive talks about his life as a political bogeyman. Read full book review >

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VIRGIN AND OTHER STORIES by April Ayers Lawson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Meaty, satisfying tales of a substance that suggests Lawson would make a fine novelist."
Debut collection limns a variety of troubled characters searching for solace of both sexual and spiritual varieties in the contemporary South. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2005

"Thoughtful, balanced, well-written American history."
Essays by a Southern historian reflecting on what makes his region distinctive. Read full book review >

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WILLIAM MCKEEN
by Gregory McNamee

Charles Manson had a sweet, clear voice, reminiscent of Chet Baker’s, that could carry a pop song, a jazz standard, or a show tune. He wrote some good songs, a couple of which became unironic hipster anthems decades later. He charmed his way into an elite circle of Los Angeles musicians, and he swayed a few of them to record ...


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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Top-drawer American history, especially for Civil War buffs."
A first-rate study of the origins and early years of the Civil War, focusing on neighboring communities North and South. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An exemplary contribution to the history of the Civil War and its aftermath."
The renowned historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction continues the story begun in his Bancroft Prize-winning In the Presence of Mine Enemies (2003), recounting those events as they played out beyond the Blue Ridge. Read full book review >

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BEST BOOKS OF 2016: WILLIAM GIRALDI
by Joe M. O'Connell

Novelist William Giraldi found writing his memoir The Hero's Body at once arduous and simple.

The book entwines his experiences as a teenage bodybuilder, the story of his ultra-macho working-class family and his father's untimely death in a motorcycle crash when he was in his 40s, the author in his 20s.

"I really started writing it when my ...


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