Search Results: "William Manchester"


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Released: Sept. 22, 2011

"Despite being a novel, Proffitt's book has the potential for being an effective introduction to the complexity and highly personal nature of the American Civil War in a classroom setting—others will find it easy-to-read, escapist literature."
Proffitt's first novel is historical fiction set against the complex social and political conflict that existed during the Civil War. Read full book review >

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PORTRAIT OF A PRESIDENT by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 27, 1962

"And as it is the portrait of a man in whom the public is vitally Interested, it should find a receptive audience."
The election of John F. Kennedy to the Presidency has inspired a spate of biographies. Read full book review >

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THE LONG GAINER by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 6, 1961

"What he has devoted his talent to- however- a big, intensely serious ."
With several volumes of fiction and biography behind him, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in his pocket, Manchester has written a combination political and college novel, with traces of elements of the newspaper story and the athletic story thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >

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DISTURBER OF THE PEACE by William Manchester
Released: Jan. 31, 1950

"A must for Menckenites."
The life, and lifelong battles with the dragons of complacency and cave level thinking, as they were conducted by the wise, witty and caustic sage of Baltimore who as a newspaperman, magazine editor and philologist became one of the most important forces in the last half century of American literature. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 28, 1988

"The text includes photographs (not seen)."
The second volume in Manchester's masterly three-part biography (Visions of Glory, 1874-1932; 1983) of Winston Churchill, which now limns as well as lionizes the aging Tory during his political exile. Read full book review >

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THE ARMS OF KRUPP 1587-1968 by William Manchester
Released: Nov. 25, 1968

"The Book is the December Literary Guild selection, but one wonders how many readers will get through the nearly 1000 pages which alternate between pedantry and appropriately leaden prose."
Even the Germans who are antagonistic to Krupp are up in arms about Manchester's book which tells presumably all-from the first Krupp (circa 1500) Read full book review >

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AMERICAN CAESAR by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 30, 1978

American Caesar, no less: from the title onward, Manchester has produced a biography of MacArthur so grandiose and so singleminded as to satisfy even the giant ego of its subject. Read full book review >

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CONTROVERSY AND OTHER ESSAYS IN JOURNALISM, 1950-1975 by William Manchester
Released: May 16, 1976

"The rest of the book, however, is good fun if not lasting journalism."
The lead article in this collection recounts—for those who still care—Manchester's side of the dispute over the Kennedy book, Death of a President. Read full book review >

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BEARD THE LION by William Manchester
Released: July 23, 1958

"Some preposterous characters and improbable circumstances combine- in a burlesqued intrigue adventure."
A harum-scarum adventure tale involves Ben Sparks, a mild man and a pharmaceutical representative, in more than one Arabian nightmare when he is sent to the middle East- to be a foot in the Egyptian door. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1992

"Disheartening: a 'portrait' painted in simplified strokes and with no perspective."
Manchester, temporarily putting aside his rousing Churchill series (The Last Lion), offers a disappointing retread of past histories about the explosive dawn of the modern age. Read full book review >

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ONE BRIEF SHINING MOMENT by William Manchester
Released: Nov. 4, 1983

"But all the old photos are here, along with a few new ones, in a capacious album that does indeed make the Kennedy days look glamorous again."
Twenty years and countless upheavals later, Manchester has set out unblinkingly to revive Camelot: from the initial invocation of Malory to the photos captioned "The Perfect Couple" to the concluding thoughts on the historical Arthur and the heroic Jack Kennedy. Read full book review >

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GOODBYE, DARKNESS by William Manchester
Released: Sept. 17, 1980

"But one can dissent from much of this and still be shaken."
We couldn't, thinks ex-Marine Sergeant Manchester, take Tarawa again (or Guadalcanal or Iwo Jima or Okinawa): today's young wouldn't plod "patiently on and on"—chest-deep in water, weapons over their heads, keeping formation"—while their comrades were keeling over on all sides." Read full book review >