Search Results: "William H. Davidow"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Speculative nonsense, albeit of the slick, state-of-the-art sort for which there is an indisputably durable demand."
An overstated case for the proposition that our socioeconomic future depends largely upon the emergence of amorphous entities that the authors dub ``virtual corporations.'' By the breathless account of Davidow (Marketing High Technology, 1986) and Malone (Going Public, 1991, etc.), a virtual corporation is a radically restructured, free-form enterprise equipped to deliver immediate consumer gratification in cost- effective fashion. Read full book review >

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THE SURGEON'S WIFE by William H. Coles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"A solid medical drama upended by an unsteady romantic plotline."
An illicit romance generates a whirlwind of trouble for a seemingly cursed couple in Coles' (Sister Carrie, 2016, etc.) novel.Read full book review >

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SILENT LAMP by William H. Shannon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A straightforward rehash, decently done but unremarkable. (Ten photographs.)"
The latest unnecessary biography of our century's most garrulous monk, by the Rochester priest whose previous labors in this vineyard (Thomas Merton's Dark Path, 1981, etc.) have established him as a master of the genre. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"A book not only for people interested in Rilke or Gass, but for anyone who takes poetry seriously."
The American novelist probes the Austrian's metaphysical poetry with exceptional clarity of mind, verbal grace, and shrewd skepticism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 25, 2000

"Above all, this book should help those who haven't read all of Updike's work recognize his extraordinary ability and understand his unique contribution to 20th-century American literature."
This appreciation of John Updike's 40-year literary career is remarkable for its concise, critical assessments of nearly every one of the writer's 48 books. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1983

"Once again: a monumental thesis, compactly and matter-of-factly put."
In two papers (delivered at Baylor in 1982) and 61 pellucid pages, McNeill (The Rise of the West, Plagues and Peoples, The Human Condition) revives and renews Walter Prescott Webb's thesis that European expansion created a Great Frontier around the globe—where not only progress, freedom, and equality prevailed, but also destruction, compulsion, and slavery: "the persistent double-edgeness of change." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"The chief justice raises an important question without resolving anything. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
An enjoyable historical presentation with a frustratingly judicious conclusion. Read full book review >

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THE TUNNEL by William H. Gass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1995

"But what a remarkable show."
After 30 years of labor, Gass (Habitations of the Word, 1984, etc.) has brought forth a big, big book that sets off, with linguistic and intellectual bravura, to explore the dark corners of history and the psyche. Read full book review >

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SHORT FICTION OF WILLIAM H. COLES by William H. Coles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2016

"Realistically gritty and morally astute, these tales can also feel overly instructional."
A wide-ranging volume offers a collection of short stories and a novella. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE SENTENCES by William H. Gass
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Stately pronouncements from a master of the form."
A wry, mannered retrospective collection of essays by octogenarian Gass (A Temple of Texts, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >