Deja Reviews: Florence King All over Again: Selections from National Review and the American Spectator 1990 To 2001

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Overview

Great writing is timeless, and so it is with Deja Reviews. Fifteen years later, five years, no matter how "old" her review, no matter how dated the topic of an essay, readers of this hearty collection will find that Miss Florence King's sharp, crafted prose still dazzles, sizzles, and edures, which is why she finds herself in the exclusive company of great American writers and humorists, such as Dorothy Parker, H. L. Mencken, and Westbrook Pegler, renowned for not suffering fools gladly.

Deja Reviews is a compilation of the book reviews and essays Miss King wrote between 1991 and 2002 for National Review and The American Spectator.  It is a joy—a duty! a service!—to republish these treasured pieces...

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933859163
  • Publisher: ISI Books
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Pages: 345
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents


"I'd Rather Smoke than Kiss"     1
"Don't Have a Nice Day"     8
"The Other Plath"     17
Review of The Death and Life of Sylvia Plath   Ronald Hayman
Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath   Paul Alexander
"Gloria in Excelsis"     23
Review of Revolution from Within: A Book of Self Esteem   Gloria Steinem
"A Lot of Lance"     28
Review of The Truth of the Matter: My Life In and Out of Politics   Bert Lance   Bill Gilbert
"In Bed with Mrs. Roosevelt"     34
Review of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume I, 1884-1933   Blanche Wiesen Cook
"A Wasp Looks at Lizzie Borden"     37
"The Noble White Man"     49
Review of Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches & Essays
"The Conservative Mind"     53
Review of Flaubert   Henri Troyat
"Fifty-Fifty"     58
Review of The Fifties   David Halberstam
"Heroine Addict"     64
Review of A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960   Janine Basinger
"3M-press"     69
Review of A Woman's Place: The Freshmen Women Who Changed the Face of Congress   Marjorie Margolies-Mevinsky   Barbara Feinman
"Sophie's Choice"     73
Review of Great Catherine: The Life of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia   Carolly Erickson
"Parodic Verses"     77
"Bulbous Brain"     85
Review of Edison: Inventing the Century   Neil Baldwin
"Phalanx for the Memories"     90
Review of John Steinbeck: A Biography   Jay Parini
"Scud Missives"     95
Review of Letters of Ayn Rand   Michael S. Berliner
"Catotonic State"     99
Review of Cato's Letters: Or Essays on Liberty, Civil and Religious and Other Important Subjects   John Trenchard   Thomas Gordon
"Their Town"     103
Review of Seasons of War: The Ordeal of a Confederate Community, 1861-1865   Daniel E. Sutherland
"Crashing Gore"     107
Review of Palimpsest: A Memoir   Gore Vidal
"Diaper Dandy"     111
Review of Big Babies   Michael Kinsley
"The Mud Turtle's Progress"     116
Review of The Education of a Woman: The Life of Gloria Steinem   Carolyn G. Heilbrun
"Great Character, Nice Quads"     120
Review of Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington   Richard Brookhiser
"The Man Man"     124
Review of The Sibling Society   Robert Bly
"Onward and Downward"     128
Review of Dumbing Down: Essays on the Strip-Mining of American Culture   Katharine Washburn   John Thornton
"Still Growing: The Girl Governor from Pontefract"     132
Review of Growing Up Republican: Christie Whitman: The Politics of Character   Patricia Beard
"Tent City"     141
Review of Powertown   Michael Lind
"That Lovely Couple"     144
Review of Hellman and Hammett   Joan Mellen
"The Un-Alchemist: Suffering Fools Deliciously"     148
Review of Fools 'Names, Fools' Faces   Andrew Ferguson
"Good Ol' Clothes"     152
"Resurrecting Harding"     157
Review of The Strange Deaths of President Harding   Robert H. Ferrell
"The Joys of Re-Reading"     163
"South Mouth: Why Liberals Hate Dixie"     168
Queen Victoria's German Prince Charming"     174
Review of The Uncrowned King: The Life of Prince Albert   Stanley Weintraub
"A Girl for All Seasons"     180
Review of An Army of Angels: A Novel of Joan of Arc   Pamela Marcantel
"Goldminer's Daughter"     185
Review of Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce   Sylvia Jukes Morris
"Kitty's Crowning Work"     192
Review of The Royals   Kitty Kelley
"A Thinking Man's President"     200
Review of John Quincy Adams: A Public Life, A Private Life   Paul C. Nagel
"Air Farce"     208
Review of Proud to Be: My Life, the Air Force, the Controversy   Kelly Flinn
"Mrs. Eaton's Knocker"     213
Review of The Petticoat Affair: Manners, Mutiny, and Sex in Andrew Jackson's White House   John F. Marszalek
"Take Me Out of this Ballgame"     217
Review of Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir   Doris Kearns Goodwin
"Hail to the Duds"     222
Review of Star-Spangled Men: America's Ten Worst Presidents   Nathan Miller Scribner
"Accidental and Forgotten"     226
Review of Agent of Destiny: The Life and Times of General Winfield Scott   John S.D. Eisenhower
"The Sucker Gene"     234
Review of Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism, and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull   Barabara Goldsmith
"Gay Rites"     238
Review of A Pilgrim s Way: The Personal Story of the Episcopal Bishop Charged With Heresy for Ordaining a Gay Man Who Was in a Committed Relationship   Walter C. Righter
"Nice Jewish Girl"     242
Review of Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women   Elizabeth Wurtzel
"Long Live Punctilio"     246
Review of Empire by Default: The Spanish-American War and the Dawn of the American Century   Ivan Musicant
"Hot for Coolidge"     253
Review of Coolidge: An American Enigma   Robert Sobel
"House Mothers"     257
Review of 24 Years of House Work...and the Place is Still a Mess: My Life in Politics by Pat Schroeder and Representative Mom: Balancing Budgets, Bill, and Baby in the U.S. Congress   Susan Molinari   Elinor Burkett
"Daddy Dearest"     266
Review of Will This Do?: An Autobiography   Auberon Waugh
"The Love Doctor"     270
Review of The Clinton Syndrome: The President and the Self-Destructive Nature of Sexual Addiction   Jerome D. Levin, PhD
"Out and About"     274
Review of Empty without You: The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok   Rodger Streitmatter
"A Book for All Readers"     278
Review of The Life of Thomas More   Peter Ackroyd
"In All Modesty"     283
Review of A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue   Wendy Shalit
"A Date Which Should Live in Irony"     288
Review of The Five Weeks of Giuseppe Zangara: The Man Who Would Assassinate FDR   Blaise Picchi
"Ageless Senator Strom"     293
Review of Ol' Strom: An Unauthorized Biography of Strom Thurmond Jack Bass   Marilyn W. Thompson
"Virtuecrats"     299
Review of George III: A Personal History   Christopher Hibbert
"Like a Brokaw Record: The Most Banal Generalizations"     303
Review of The Greatest Generation   Tom Brokaw
"The Man Who Defined American Culture"     310
Review of Noah Webster: The Life and Times of an American Patriot   Harlow Giles Unger
"Helen Dear"     317
Review of I'm Wild Again: Snippets From My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts   Helen Gurley Brown
"Uncle Cleve"     323
Review of An Honest President: The Life and Presidencies of Grover Cleveland   H. Paul Jeffers
"Hyperthereal Holmes"     329
Review of Law Without Values: The Life, Work, and Legacy of Justice Holmes   Albert W. Alschuler
"Roaring and Wailing"     334
Review of Killer Woman Blues: Why Americans Can't Think Straight About Gender & Power   Benjamin DeMott
"Swords, Sandals, and Fun"     339
Review of The Ancient World in the Cinema   Jon Solomon
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