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Tobin, James 1956-

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Works: 16 works in 79 publications in 3 languages and 6,383 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Bibliography  Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Military history  Interviews (Sound recordings) 
Roles: Compiler
Classifications: TL540.W7, B
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Ernie Pyle's war : America's eyewitness to World War II by James Tobin ( Book )
12 editions published between 1997 and 2006 in English and held by 1,967 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When a machine-gun bullet ended the life of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in the final days of World War II, Americans mourned him in the same breath as they mourned Franklin Roosevelt. To millions, the loss of this American folk hero seemed nearly and great as the loss of the wartime president. If the hidden horrors and valor of combat persist at all in the public mind, it is because of those writers who watched it and recorded it in the faith that war is too important
To conquer the air : the Wright Brothers and the great race for flight by James Tobin ( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"For some years I have been afflicted with the belief that flight is possible to man. My disease has increased in severity and I feel that it will soon cost me an increased amount of money if not my life." So wrote a quiet young Ohioan in 1900, one in an ancient line of men who had wanted to fly, men who wanted it passionately, fecklessly, hopelessly. But now, at the turn of the twentieth century, Wilbur Wright and a scattered handful of other adventurers conceived a conviction that the dream lay at last within reach, and in a headlong race across ten years and two continents, they competed to conquer the air. James Tobin, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in biography, has at last given this inspiring story its definitive telling. For years Wright and his younger brother, Orville, experimented in utter obscurity, supported only by their exceptional family. Meanwhile, the world watched as the imperious Samuel Langley, armed with a rich contract from the U.S. War Department and all the resources of the Smithsonian Institution, sought to scale up his unmanned models to create the first manned flying machine. But while Langley became obsessed with flight as a problem of power, the Wrights grappled with it as a problem of balance. Thus their machines took two very different paths, his toward oblivion, theirs toward the heavens. As Tobin relates, the Wrights' 1903 triumph at Kitty Hawk, however hallowed in American lore, was ill-reported and disbelieved. So, while the two brothers struggled to transform their delicate contraption into a practical airplane, others moved to overtake them as the leading pioneers of flight. In France, rivals scoffed at the Wrights even as they rushed to imitate them. At home, the great inventor Alexander Graham Bell seized the fallen banner of his friend Langley and thrust it into the hands of a circle of young daredevils, urging them "to get into the air." From this group emerged the motorcyclist Glenn Curtiss, "fastest man in the world," whose aerial challenge to Wilbur Wright culminated in an unforgettable showdown over New York harbor. To Conquer the Air is a hero's tale of overcoming obstacles within and without that plumbs the depths of creativity and character. With a historian's accuracy and a novelist's eye, Tobin has captured the interplay of remarkable personalities at an extraordinary moment in our history, in the centennial year of human flight. To Conquer the Air is itself a heroic achievement. An award-winning historian offers a gripping narrative of the fierce competition on the centennial of the Wright Brothers' achievement
The man he became : how FDR defied polio to win the presidency by James Tobin ( Book )
7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"With a searching new analysis of primary sources, NBCC award winner James Tobin reveals how FDR's fight against polio transformed him from a callow aristocrat into the energetic, determined statesman who would rally the nation in the Great Depression and lead it through World War II. When polio paralyzed Franklin Roosevelt at thirty-nine, people wept to think that the young man of golden promise must live out his days as a helpless invalid. He never again walked on his own. But in just over a decade, he had regained his strength and seized the presidency. This was the most remarkable comeback in the history of American politics. And, as author James Tobin shows, it was the pivot of Roosevelt's life--the triumphant struggle that tempered and revealed his true character. With enormous ambition, canny resourcefulness, and sheer grit, FDR willed himself back into contention and turned personal disaster to his political advantage. Tobin's dramatic account of Roosevelt's ordeal and victory offers central insights into the forging of one of our greatest presidents"--
Reporting America at war : an oral history ( Book )
9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 796 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Personal tales intermingle with explorations of such critical issues as censorship, propaganda, press ethics, and the press's relationship with the Pentagon, both before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Together, they form a vivid and illuminating account that is essential reading for all who seek to understand the nature of war and how we learn about it."--Book jacket
To conquer the air by James Tobin ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A history of the first-flight race documents then efforts of such Wright brothers competitors as the Smithsonian's Samual Pierpont Langley, motorcyclist Gleen Curtiss, and Alexander Graham Bell
The man he became how FDR defied polio to win the presidency by James Tobin ( Recording )
6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Tobin reveals how FDR's fight against polio transformed him from a callow aristocrat into the energetic, determined statesman who would rally the nation in the Great Depression and lead it through World War II
Reporting America at war [an oral history] ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Thousands of reporters have visited war zones for a few months or weeks. But some have done much more, creating a tradition, a genre, and a distinctive body of work. Now, for the first time, these pivotal figures and those who knew them tell their own stories in a book that covers all of America's major conflicts from World War II to the present. It is filled with harrowing and revealing tales about the experience of covering war." "Personal tales intermingle with explorations of such critical issues as censorship, propaganda, press ethics, and the press's relationship with the Pentagon, both before and after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Together, they form a vivid and illuminating account that is essential reading for all who seek to understand the nature of war and how we learn about it."--BOOK JACKET
First to fly : the unlikely triumph of Wilbur and Orville Wright by James Tobin ( Book )
6 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beskriver flyvningens barndom, herunder brødrene Wright og andre pionerers indsats, som har haft betydning for flyvningens udvikling og historie
G.I. Joe Ernie Pyle ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biography of famed World War II correspondent Pyle who accompanied Allied troops and reported the war from the point of view of the common foot soldier. Includes footage and interviews not seen in the original national television broadcast of the film
Los hermanos Wright : la conquista de los cielos by James Tobin ( Book )
2 editions published in 2003 in Spanish and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eighteenth century English literature and its cultural background; a bibliography by James Edward Tobin ( Book )
4 editions published between 1939 and 1967 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jonathan Swift, a list of critical studies published from 1895 to 1945 by Louis A Landa ( Book )
3 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Die Eroberung des Himmels : die Gebrüder Wright und die Anfänge der Fliegerei by James Tobin ( Book )
1 edition published in 2004 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Alexander Pope, a list of critical studies published from 1895 to 1944 by James Edward Tobin ( Book )
2 editions published between 1945 and 1972 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Art in Boston College by James Tobin ( Book )
2 editions published in 1924 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Why we fight : versions of the American purpose in World War II by James Edward Tobin ( Book )
1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
"World War II is 'the good war' in the nation's memory, the war without tragedy or postwar disillusionment, a symbol of American virtue and power in harness together. Remembered as a time of unified national purpose, it is regarded with wistful longing by those who worry about the nation's inability to achieve a similar sense of purpose in more recent years. During the war itself, there was actually less unanimity about the nation's aims than is now assumed. Everyone agreed that the war was worth fighting, but there was disagreement about why it was worth fighting. Even die-hard isolationists, who believed the United States could have remained neutral, agreed that Pearl Harbor and the German and Italian declarations of war made this at least a necessary war, if not a good one -- that the nation must fight in order to protect itself. Americans everywhere concurred. Differences arouse, however, over these questions: to what extent was the United States fighting for some purpose beyond self-defense? Was military victory over the enemies a sufficient aim? Or must the war also be used to bring about constructive change in the world, and if so, what kind of change? The first four chapters deal with Americans who proposed answers -- direct and indirect -- to these questions ... The last three chapters depart from the main concerns of the first four. Large corporations advanced their conception of the nation's purpose through advertisements. For big business ... this was a war for American capitalism -- or so the consumer was told ... The final chapter suggests that Americans derived meaning from the war, perhaps most all, simply by fighting and winning it"--Preface
 
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Alternative Names
Tobin, James E. 1956-
Tobin, Jim 1956-
トービン, ジェームズ
Languages
English (76)
Spanish (2)
German (1)
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