Search Results: "William Ian Miller"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Translating emotions over time and across cultures is Miller's major methodological challenge—and he meets it with ranging and learned references, a wry and unpretentious style, and a genuine respect for the power of those ancient, forgotten sources on which modern social exchange depends."
From Vikings to valentines, crimes to dinner invitations, Miller (Law/University of Michigan) here explores the mercurial history of the emotions, attitudes, values, and behaviors associated with honor—its defense, loss, survival, and display- -drawing on evidence from the Greek epics and Icelandic sagas to contemporary horror movies. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A nice combination of acerbic wit and erudition—the perfect complement to Susan Jacoby's Never Say Die (2011)."
Miller (Univ. of Michigan Law School; Eye for an Eye, 2005, etc.) makes the case that old age is indeed a bummer. Read full book review >

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THE MYSTERY OF COURAGE by William Ian Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Well-researched and gracefully written, but ultimately both tenuous and tentative."
Michigan law professor Miller (The Anatomy of Disgust, 1997, etc.) continues his Sue Grafton-like progress through the catalogue of human attributes. Read full book review >

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EYE FOR AN EYE by William Ian Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2006

"Absorbing discourse on a surprisingly evasive fundament."
A deep examination of the talionic code—"an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, measure for measure"—and its evolution and permutations as a foundation of the justice applied in modern societies. Read full book review >

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THE ANATOMY OF DISGUST by William Ian Miller
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Like many books on single subjects, this is sometimes overzealous in its interpretations—disgust seems to lurk in every corner of social life—but Miller has done a tasteful and intelligent job of shedding light on the muck of our most visceral and primordial emotion."
Having ably dissected humiliation in his 1993 book of that title, Miller now sets his keen insights on something even more fundamental to the human condition: disgust. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR MILLER by Christopher Bigsby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2009

"A richly detailed, revealing look at the making of a playwright and a man."
Copiously researched, deftly written biography that expands our understanding of a major figure in American letters. Read full book review >

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LEE MILLER by Carolyn Burke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2005

"Burke's graceful biography restores Miller to attention; students of art photography, in particular, will want a look."
Illuminating life of the once-renowned model, photographer and traveler who drew few distinctions between life and art. Read full book review >

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ARTHUR MILLER by Martin Gottfried
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"A thorough and welcome summing-up of a towering achievement in the modern theater."
Veteran show-biz biographer Gottfried (George Burns, 1996, etc.) strikes just the right balance between the work and the life in his judicious assessment of the great American playwright. Read full book review >

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HENRY MILLER by Robert Ferguson
Released: May 27, 1991

"The last years are quite sad."
Second life of Henry Miller reviewed this issue (see Mary V. Dearborn's ``The Happiest Man Alive'', above), this one longer, more richly detailed, with bigger critiques of Miller's works. Read full book review >