Search Results: "William R. Polk"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A lucid, absorbing analysis of the theory and reality underpinning three centuries of insurgent movements."
A captivating but disquieting examination of how insurgencies begin, grow, persist and either succeed or fail. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2006

"Packed with impeccable scholarship and insightful analysis."
America grows from embryo to newborn, nurtured by an international cast of characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2000

"Brilliant historical narrative that celebrates, in family members and the nation as a whole, an abundance of heroism, tragedy, guts, and glory."
A distinguished historian's fascinating WASP roots narrative that excels as family saga, revisionist American history, and inquiry into what we can possibly know about the past. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2005

"Learned, constantly engaging and full of pointed lessons for those wondering why the war has not ended, peace has not come, and no one in Iraq save Halliburton seems liberated."
A supremely helpful companion to, and gloss on, the news from Iraq—news that, to all appearances, we'll be reading for years to come. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SANDS OF PRIDE by William R. Trotter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2002

"A success both as guts-and-glory melodrama and as a collection of eye-opening true stories from the Civil War."
Monumental, bombs-bursting-in-air epic of nearly 50 characters who fight, steal, seduce, scheme, and have the time of their lives in and around Civil War-era North Carolina. Read full book review >

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THE FIRES OF PRIDE by William R. Trotter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Excessive, obsessive, overlong but filled with moments of grandeur, insight, tearful tragedy, and rousing derring-do: War and Peace, American style."
A long, exhausting but worthy conclusion to The Sands of Pride (2002), following the roles of more than fifty historical and fictional characters depicting North Carolina's role in the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Although Clark insists that if one is to understand molecular medicine, one must first understand molecular biology, those who find his biology lectures too academic for comfort can still savor the well-wrought medical and ethical discussions."
An exposition of the revolutionary changes in medicine coming in the next century as well as discussion of some of the ethical problems these will create. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Those iconic figures manage more human-speak than they did in Gettysburg (2003), and the battle scenes continue war-lovingly rendered. Civil War buffs will be entertained."
The Gingrich and Forstchen (military historian) "what-if" take on the Civil War gathers some steam. Read full book review >

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TO TRY MEN’S SOULS by Newt Gingrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"The prose is rich in platitudes, especially when the underimagined characters are making speeches to each other. It takes more than vividly rendered battle scenes to make compelling historical fiction."
Historically minded Gingrich and Forstchen (Days of Infamy, 2008, etc.) fix their eyes on the Revolutionary War and the pivotal victory that saved America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OUTSIDE THE SOUTHERN MYTH by Noel  Polk
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Polk's descriptions of the southern manner do reveal aspects of who he is, but his book is more serviceable as cultural commentary than autobiography."
Faulkner scholar Polk's story pulls double duty as both personal history and a critical exploration of what he dubs the Southern Myth, which, he argues, has been perpetuated by both scholars and the media. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1992

"Occasionally repetitious, but, overall, a freshly observed and stimulating look at an underappreciated facet of the Big Apple. (Forty-seven b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
Ten sprightly yet scholarly essays on the interplay between N.Y.C. and such elements of ``commercial culture'' as vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, and the sports pages. Read full book review >