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I always felt a connection to John Updike since he is from the same part of Pennsylvania as I am, was born the same month as my father, and seems to suffer from the same... Read morePublished on November 23, 2012 by john purcell
An ambitious project that doesn't quite work. The attempt, however, makes this a very interesting book. Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by M. Knapke
My title is not meant to refer to the merits (or lack thereof) of this book, but instead its rather odd tale of two men: The narrator, and his historical subject President James... Read morePublished on June 3, 2010 by Peter Felknor
I cannot be objective about Updike. I consider him a genius and swallow his text whole.
But something that is missing from the other reviews is the parallel between the... Read more
I borrowed this from the library not knowing anything about the content, judging from the title that it was a retrospective of the accidental Ford Presidency. Read morePublished on May 29, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Updike tries to incorporate his decades long research of James Buchanon into a storyline that has a professor recalling his life during the mid-70s. Read morePublished on October 13, 2008 by olingerstories
This book features Updike's astonishing talent with the felicitous phrase and the perfect observation. Read morePublished on April 16, 2003 by Ethan Cooper
Do you know how they say one picture paints a thousand words? Well, I'm going to quote just ONE SENTENCE from this book; if it appeals, this book, and Updike in general, is for... Read morePublished on October 28, 2001
Interesting for a person to think of their life's events organized around Presidential Administrations, but that what a historian would do, isn't it? Read morePublished on October 22, 2000 by "jzk"