Search Results: "William Jelani Cobb"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A rich, provocative meditation on the importance of Obama's election."
"What does it mean to live in a country where 64 million people voted to make a black man a president?" asks Cobb (History/Spelman Coll.; To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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COBB by Al Stump
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Stump's wonderfully descriptive writing, yeoman historical research, and personal knowledge of Cobb make this an extraordinary achievement in sports biography. (24 photos, not seen)"
Drawing on the harrowing year he spent with Ty Cobb as ghostwriter of his autobiography, Stump pens an astounding portrait that leaves little doubt the Hall of Famer was ``psychotic throughout his baseball career.'' When they ``collaborated'' on My Life in Baseball in 1960, the Georgia Peach was a bitter, unreasonable, gun-toting, 73-year-old cancer-ridden drunk. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TY COBB by Charles Leerhsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one."
The former executive editor of Sports Illustrated explores the idea that Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1886-1961), perhaps the greatest player in baseball history, was also a violent, racist, roundly hated person. Read full book review >

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THE FIRE EATERS by William Cobb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 1994

"If Cobb's handling of the Bells' secrets is not altogether satisfying, his detail work is superb: the result is a lovingly attentive chronicle of a family that is often bloodied but never defeated."
A large, poor, rambunctious Texas family is haunted by its secrets in Cobb's memoir-like fourth novel (A Walk Through Fire, 1992, etc.), winner of the 1992 Associated Writing Programs award for the novel. Read full book review >

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A WALK THROUGH FIRE by William Cobb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"A maddeningly uneven work."
A Deep South town erupts during the Civil Rights period in this ambitious third novel (after Cobb's Hermit King, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM WYLER by Gabriel Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 22, 2013

"A welcome addition to the literature of filmmaking."
Comprehensive biography of the pioneering Hollywood director, whose oeuvre included such diverse films as Wuthering Heights (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Funny Girl (1968). Read full book review >

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WILLIAM MCKINLEY by Kevin Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"An instructive, graceful look at a neglected presidency."
An engaging life of the stoical Buckeye politician, whom Phillips (Wealth and Democracy, 2002, etc.) reckons to be "an upright and effective president of the solid second rank." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 21, 1999

"A first-rate biography of a towering medical influence."
A well-told, enjoyable, enlightening—and much needed—biography of a giant of medical practice and education. Read full book review >

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CIRCLE WILLIAM by Bill Harlow
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 18, 1999

"Though some of his characters are engaging and the Beltway stuff interesting, what should be gripping never is."
Libya plots a chemical weapons attack in this novice entry in the Tom Clancy Stakes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM STYRON by James L.W. West
Released: April 1, 1998

"A masterful achievement. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This meticulously crafted, well-paced biography should go a long way toward burnishing Styron's reputation. Read full book review >

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Released: May 25, 1981

"Otherwise, this is more a portrait of others' need for Burroughs to be an elder Great than of the more modest (and more engaging) actuality."
After the resounding thud made by Burroughs' last novel, Cities of the Red Night, these transcriptions of table-talk serve some rehabilitative purpose, presenting a picture of an aging, conservative, serious man who, with his best work perhaps now behind him, admits himself that he may have come to sound "like some sort of great nineteenth-century crank who thought that brown sugar was the answer to everything and was practicing something he called brain breathing." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WILLIAM GOLDING by John Carey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2010

"A tendentious but relentlessly thorough, historically important treatment."
With the cooperation of his subject's daughter, Sunday Times chief book reviewer Carey (What Good Are the Arts?, 2006, etc.) produces the first major biography of Nobel Prize-winning novelist William Golding (1911-1993). Read full book review >