Search Results: "William Gaddis"


BOOK REVIEW

A FROLIC OF HIS OWN by William Gaddis
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Gaddis seems to want to prove the novel capable of film's open mike and panning shots, music's structure, and opera's recitatives (everyone only screeches and beseeches)—but once he has, all that finally seems left is a rather tinny note of pissed-off energy and formal subordination."
Greed and its destruction of independent authenticity is Gaddis's best subject, and with it here he has essentially rewritten his masterpiece, JR (1975)—not so much with business as the focus (as in that earlier book) but with lawyers. Read full book review >

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THE RECOGNITIONS by William Gaddis
Released: March 10, 1955

"It is a pity that, in his first novel, he did not have stronger editorial guidance than is apparent in the book for he can write very well- even though most of the time he just lets his pen run on."
This overlong (946 pages) and rather pretentious first novel concerns itself with the impasse of the modern intellectual, living in a world where everyone wears a false face of one kind or another, wanting to believe in something, and "knowing" too much to have faith in anything. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2002

"Sometimes dense, but always discerning: essential for Gaddis fans and those seeking an offbeat critique of American civilization."
The great novelist (Agape Agape, p. 1053, etc.) explores his fascination with machines, greed, violence, and art in odd bits of nonfiction, some appearing in print for the first time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The muddled historical argument about the Monroe Doctrine is redeemed by a thoughtful review of recent US policy in the Americas."
A fanciful argument that superpower rivalry in Latin America undermined and finally killed the Monroe Doctrine (which asserted American dominance in the Americas and nonintervention in Europe) as a basic feature of American foreign policy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FOREBEAR by Marshall Gaddis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An entertaining, discerning take on the connections between the Old and New West."
A mixed martial arts fighter draws on the spirit of his mountain man ancestor during a precarious Western journey in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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The Lion's Prophecy by Michael Edward Gaddis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2013

"A grandly staged but unfocused thriller."
Nuclear explosions in New York and Washington inspire a charismatic general to launch the 10th crusade against the Islamic world in this turbulent debut military thriller. 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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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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GEORGE F. KENNAN by John Lewis Gaddis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"A well-rounded treatment of the life of a man who made significant contributions to his country and the world at large."
The long-awaited authorized biography of George F. Kennan (1904-2005), the creator of America's Cold War containment strategy. Read full book review >

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THE COLD WAR by John Lewis Gaddis
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 29, 2005

"A superb introduction to a complex period in world history."
Cold War scholar Gaddis fashions a short but comprehensive account of what JFK called our "long twilight struggle." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Provocative, polymathic, pleasurable. (Illustrations throughout)"
Entertaining, masterful disquisition on the aims, limitations, design, and methods of historiography. Read full book review >