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Tobin, James 1956-

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Works: 26 works in 91 publications in 2 languages and 9,020 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Fiction  Interviews  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 1,970 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 be confined to the private memories of the warriors. Above all these writers, Ernie Pyle towered as a giant. Through his words ad his compassion, Americans everywhere gleaned their understanding of what they came to call "The Good War." Pyle walked a troubled path to fame. Though insecure and anxious, he created a carefree and kindly public image in his popular prewar column - all the while struggling with inner demons and a tortured marriage. War, in fact, offered. Pyle an escape hatch from his own personal hell. It also offered him a subject precisely suited to his talent - a shrewd understanding of human nature, an unmatched eye for detail, a profound capacity to identify with the suffering soldiers whom he adopted as his own, and a plain yet poetic style reminiscent of Mark Twain and Will Rogers. These he brought to bear on the Battle of Britain and all the great American campaigns of the war - North Africa, Sicily, Italy, D-Day, and Normandy, the liberation of Paris, and finally Okinawa, where he felt compelled to go because of his enormous public stature despite premonitions of death
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 1,727 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
Great projects : the epic story of the building of America : from the taming of the Mississippi to the invention of the Internet by James Tobin ( Book )
3 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Projects and engineers include James Buchanan Eads and flood control on the lower Mississippi; Arthur Powell Davis and Frank Crowe and the Hoover Dam; John Bloomfield Jervis and the Croton Aqueduct that brought clean water to New York City; Othmar Ammann and the bridges of New York City; Thomas Edison and electricity; Samuel Insull and the spread of electricity across the nation; Fred Salvucci and the Big Dig to revamp Boston's street system; J.C.R. Licklider who first imagined the Intenet
The man he became : how FDR defied polio to win the presidency by James Tobin ( Book )
3 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 889 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 807 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
The very inappropriate word by James Tobin ( Book )
4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Michael loves collecting words, especially those that are unusual, and knowing that one of his new words is naughty does not stop him from sharing it with his friends at school
Sue MacDonald had a book by James Tobin ( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When A, E, I, O, and U jump off the page, reader Sue McDonald pursues the renegade vowels
To conquer the air by James Tobin ( Recording )
8 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 199 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
Reporting America at war [an oral history] ( Recording )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 131 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 )
5 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beskriver flyvningens barndom, herunder brødrene Wright og andre pionerers indsats, som har haft betydning for flyvningens udvikling og historie
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 110 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
Michigan Law at 150 : an informal history by James Tobin ( Book )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
G.I. Joe Ernie Pyle ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 38 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
Sue MacDonald had a book by James Tobin ( Recording )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When A, E, I, O, and U jump off the page, reader Sue MacDonald pursues the renegade vowels
Sue MacDonald had a book ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What would you do if a bunch of letters jumped off the page while you were reading? Run after them, of course! Join Sue MacDonald as she travels from a railroad station to the mountains in an attempt to capture her renegade vowels. A madcap adventure starring five very important letters
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
Documenting the arts at the Bentley Historical Library ( Book )
2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Miller Canfield at 150 : an informal history by James Tobin ( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Social media is a cocktail party : why you already know the rules of social media marketing by James Tobin ( Book )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An essential read for any marketer looking to understand how blogs, podcasts, social networks and other Web 2.0 tools can help you connect on a deeper level with your customers and prospects
Blair Moody of Michigan; The Making of a Senator by James Tobin ( Book )
3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Tobin, James E. 1956-
Tobin, Jim, 1956-
トービン, ジェームズ
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English (82)
Spanish (2)
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