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Baker, James Thomas

Overview
Works: 45 works in 98 publications in 2 languages and 5,754 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  Drama  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: B945.R234, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by James Thomas Baker
Thomas Merton : social critic : a study by James Thomas Baker( )

11 editions published between 1871 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is a significant study of the world's most outspoken monk since Martin Luther and the most conspicuous recluse since Simeon Stylites." --
Ayn Rand by James Thomas Baker( Book )

9 editions published between 1987 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the career and works of the author and Russian Revolution refugee who came to the United States in 1926
Studs Terkel by James Thomas Baker( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Described in a 1980 Newsweek profile as "The Great American Ear," Studs Terkel is probably this country's best-known oral historian. His search for the "truth" about his country has perhaps inadvertently earned him the role of spokesman for the Common American of all regions and religions. Terkel has used his hometown of Chicago as something of a case study for divining the state of the Union; his many years as a disc jockey and radio-show host there have imbued him with a street-smart repartee that he has smoothly translated to the written word. For Terkel, words and music have an innate and distinctly American bond, and elements of jazz, in particular, have found their way into his ongoing dialogue with America. In this comprehensive look at the Terkel omnibus of writings, James T. Baker underscores his subject's unique place among social commentators: though his books are always literate and poignant, Terkel stays a healthy arm's length away from the description "man of letters." His most recent book identifies race as the foremost American obsession, but Terkel has, according to Baker, made his way through life exploring an array of American obsessions - from religion to baseball to jazz to the Progressive and Populist party politics of earlier eras and the ailing state of the Democrats and Republicans in our own time. Baker finds that, in his oral histories (Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression [1970], Working: People Talk about What They Do All Day and How The Feel about What They Do [1974], "The Good War": An Oral History of World War II [1984], and Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel about the American Obsession [1992]), Terkel elicits a candor from interviewees that ultimately questions the complacent, status quo rendering of U.S. history. This slice-of-life reportage, says Baker, springs from Terkel's early days in television, primarily with his show "Studs' Place," which made its debut on NBC television in 1950 and was described by its host as so "true to life" that "Brecht would have roared" at it. Probably Chicago's most eminent octogenarian, Terkel has led a life of interesting contradictions, Baker points out: he is somewhat of an "expert" on American ethnic minorities, many of them far removed from his own urbanity. A white Jewish man, he is often at home in a black Baptist church listening to the gospel music of Mahalia Jackson. Reared in a thoroughly capitalist home by a mother who dreamed of riches, he is a socialist. Fervently devoted to Chicago, "The City That Works," he rejects its political values and considers the agrarian Progressive Robert La Follette his hero. Baker's engaging and biographically copious appraisal of Terkel's portraiture of America and its people - from Division Street: America (1967) to American Dreams, Lost and Found (1980) to The Great Divide: Second Thoughts on the American Dream (1988) - should be of great value to anyone interested in the social and popular-culture histories not found in textbook versions of twentieth-century America
Eric Hoffer by James Thomas Baker( Book )

7 editions published in 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Southern Baptist in the White House by James Thomas Baker( Book )

3 editions published in 1977 in English and held by 319 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brooks Hays by James Thomas Baker( Book )

2 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrew Carnegie : robber baron as American hero by James Thomas Baker( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a volume suitable as a supplementary text for a history course, Baker (Western Kentucky U.) offers a range of perspectives on Scottish-born Carnegie (1835-1919) and his rise from poverty to extreme wealth and conspicuous philanthropy. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Abraham Lincoln : the man and the myth by James Thomas Baker( Book )

4 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nat Turner : cry freedom in America by James Thomas Baker( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Under the sign of the waterbearer : a life of Thomas Merton : [play] by James Thomas Baker( Book )

2 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eleanor Roosevelt : first lady by James Thomas Baker( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of American politician, diplomat, and activist Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962). She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, having held the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, and served as United States Delegate to the United Nations General Assembly from 1945 to 1952. President Harry S. Truman later called her the "First Lady of the World" in tribute to her human rights achievements. Offers a collection of documents with informative introductions, that are grouped together logically
Religion in America by James Thomas Baker( Book )

3 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This book] includes the major documents that illustrate the development and impact of religion throughout the history of the United States. With thoughtful and engaging introductions and comments, each selection is grounded in historical context to ensure comprehension of its place in the American religious experience.--Back cover
Faith for a dark Saturday by James Thomas Baker( Book )

2 editions published between 1973 and 2010 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness by Mary Ann Kearny( Book )

2 editions published between 1978 and 1981 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study guide to accompany Western civilization, Jackson J. Spielvogel by James Thomas Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thomas Merton : the spiritual and social philosophy of union by James Thomas Baker( )

4 editions published between 1968 and 1994 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion in America by James Thomas Baker( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[This book] includes the major documents that illustrate the development and impact of religion throughout the history of the United States. With ... introductions and comments, each selection is grounded in historical context to ensure comprehension of its place in the American religious experience.-Back cover
Study guide for Jackson J. Spielvogel's Western civilization, fifth edition by James Thomas Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study guide for Spielvogel's Western civilization, fourth edition by James Thomas Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Study guide for Jackson J. Spielvogel's Western civilization, sixth edition by James Thomas Baker( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Baker, James

Baker, James 1940-

Baker, James T.

Baker, James T. 1940-

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