William James: In the Maelstrom of American Modernism

william-james-in-the-maelstromThird in the author’s trilogy of American thinkers and writers, this book won the Bancroft Prize, and the Boston Authors Club Award. It was named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune and Publisher’s Weekly. Brenda Wineapple called it “a stunning book, eloquent, learned, ebullient, and fully commensurate with its impassioned subject…every unerring, brilliant page is a gift. Writing in the Washington Post Book World, Michael Dirda called it “a magnificent biography, written with ease and panache…and suffused with a well-judged admiration for its subject.” Robert Stone wrote, “in Robert Richardson, James has a kindred spirit. This biography does more than define  a world-historical figure. It exhibits the same strengths, exercised lightly in gracious prose, for which his subject is revered.”

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2006 (Nov.) Bancroft Prize 2007, Boston Authors Club award 2007, Quill award finalist. Paperback ed. Aug 2007. Named one of the best books of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and Publisher’s Weekly. A NYTimes Book Review Editor’s Choice.

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Reviews

-Truth and Belief Remade. By Thomas Meaney. Wall St Journal Nov 11-12 2006
-A Famously Open Mind, by Glenn C Altschuler, The Boston Globe Dec 24, 2006
-A new Biography… by Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Bookworld, Dec 10, 2006.
-Everyman’s Philosopher by Scott McLemee, Los Angeles Times Book Review, Nov 5 2006
-Library Journal brief mention , July 2006
-William James Signature starred review by Justin Kaplan Publishers weekley Sept 4 2006
-The Remarkable Mind of WJ by Roger Bishop Bookpage Nov 2006
-The Pragmatist, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, The New York Times Dec 17, 2006
-The Pragmatic American by Denis Donoghue, Harper’s Magazine Jan 2007
-A Life of America’s Greatest Philosopher, by Todd Shy, the (Raleigh NC) News and Observer, Dec 31 2006
-Shining light on the Influential WJ by Henry L Carrigan Jr, The Plain Dealer Jan 07, 2007.
-The Thought Experimenter, by Jackson Lears, The Nation, Feb 26 ‘07
-William James by John A Murray The Bloomsbury Review, Jan-Fec ‘07
-WJ: The Life of the Mind by Nancy Klingener, Solares Hill (Key West) Feb 2 ‘07
-Tracing the Sparks of a Live Wire, by Pico Iyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Dec 17 ‘06
-Kirkus Reviews, anon Aug 1 ‘06
-Wm James by Bryce Christensen, Booklist Sept 15 ‘06
-Active Minds, by Jose Teodoro Key West Magazine June 2007
-Bancroft prize announcement New York Times Apr 23 2007
-An American Hero, by Garry Wills New York Review of Books July 19 2007
-Sons and Brothers, by Edmund V White New York Rev od Books Oct 11, 2007
-Understanding Forwards, by Michael Wood, London review of books 20 Sept 07.
-James’s Faith by David Klinghoffer The Weekly Standard Oct 8 2007
-The Cosmospolitan American, by Cushing Strout Sewanee Review Jan-Mar 2008
See esp 2 reviews by John BAnville in NYRB, one on First We Read, Then We write, the second on The Heart of Wm James. Best reviews ever.

On-line reviews

Wm James, by David Hollinger, Common Knowledge “Little review section
Interview with RDR by J.C. Hallman, Bookslut, Dec ‘06
Wm James by Jonathan Levin in William James studies vol2 Issue 1. Aug 2007
Wm James..Journ Relig and health 2007 46:333-334
Consciousness is a fighter… by Jeffrey Noel in Psycritiques, Contemporary Psychology:APA Rev of Books
Wm James in Phil Windley’s Technometria, May 13 2007
This Dumb Region of the Heart, by Patrick Kurp Anecdotal Evidence Blog Feb 25, ‘07
Wm James: Son, Brother Hero, by Christopher Lydon on Blog Open source Dec 31 2006
Wm James, by Linda Simon in Proc of C.S. Peirce Society
Ed Batista. Com. Blog
Steve Goddard’s History wire
Metroactive, art. By Michael S Grant
Mindhacks.com. Blog
3Quarksdaily rerun of Altschuler rev.
Long walks on the wild side, by Hal Crowther, blackbird.vcu.edu
BookBeast rev.
Rev by Jonathan Mack aka guttersnipe das (my favorite of all)

Other media:

-The Leonard Lopate Show WNYC-AM/FM New York Public Radio, Fri Dec 1, 2006
-The Concord Bookshop, filmed by CSPAN Nov 30 2006
-Harvard Bookstore, Podcast of short interview.U-tube, 2006.
-NPR interview Nov 9 2006, All things considered, int with Jacki Lyden. contact Brackton Booker Wash DC 202-513-2136
-Christopher Lydon, Open Source Camb Mass. Date?
“Will you or Won’t you have it so” Wm James on the will. Chocorua NH July 2010, U-tube.
“In search of Lost time: Biography and Fiction KWLit Sem. CSPAN Jan 13 2013