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Powers, Ron

Overview
Works: 113 works in 384 publications in 12 languages and 28,301 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Drama  War films  Historical films  Film adaptations  Action and adventure films  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Reporter, Bibliographic antecedent, Interviewer, Commentator, Producer
Classifications: D767.99.I9, 940.542528
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ron Powers
Flags of our fathers by James Bradley( Book )

80 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in 10 languages and held by 6,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of "the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima."
Mark Twain : a life by Ron Powers( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain's works are a living national treasury, yet somehow, beneath the vast river of literature that he left behind, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the man who became Mark Twain, has receded from view, leaving us with only faint and often trivialized remnants of his towering personality. Here, author Powers recreates the 19th century's vital landscapes and tumultuous events while restoring the human being at their center. Clemens left his frontier boyhood in Missouri for a life on the Mississippi during the golden age of steamboats. He skirted the Civil War before taking off for an uproarious newspaper career in Wild West Nevada. He took the East Coast by storm, witnessing the extremes of wealth and poverty of New York City and the Gilded Age (which he named). He traveled to Europe on the first American pleasure cruise and revitalized travel writing. He wooed and won his lifelong devoted wife, yet quietly pined for the girl who was his first crush and whom he would re-encounter decades later. He became the toast of Europe and a celebrity who toured the globe. The man who emerges in Powers's brilliant telling is both the magnetic, acerbic, and hilarious Mark Twain of myth and a devoted friend, husband, and father; a whirlwind of optimism and restless energy; and above all, a wide-eared and wide-eyed observer who absorbed every sight and sound, and poured it into his characters, plots, jokes, businesses, and life. Mark Twain left us our greatest voice. Sam Clemens left us one of our most full and American of lives.--From publisher description
Mark Twain by Geoffrey C Ward( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 2,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Integrating material from his literary works, diaries, and letters, this illustrated portrait of one of America's greatest writers follows Twain from his childhood, through his travels thoughout the world, to his career as a journalist and author
Flags of our fathers by James Bradley( Recording )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,410 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima--and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag. Now the son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever. To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos
Dangerous water : a biography of the boy who became Mark Twain by Ron Powers( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 1,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes how the author's personality and literary works were shaped by a Hannibal, Missouri childhood that included violence, the culture of slavery, and fierce religion
Last flag down : the epic journey of the last Confederate warship by John Baldwin( Book )

8 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the Civil War role of the Confederate warship Shenandoah, which prowled international waters destroying dozens of Union ships, until, in August 1865, the crew discovered that the war had been over for months and they were being hunted as pirates
The man who flew the Memphis Belle : memoir of a WWII bomber pilot by Robert Morgan( Book )

9 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The autobiography of Morgan, whose B-17 was made famous by a 1944 documentary, and his combat missions over Europe and Japan
The newscasters by Ron Powers( Book )

14 editions published between 1977 and 1982 in 3 languages and held by 1,122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Pulitzer Prize-winning television critic traces the decline and fall of American newscasting, revealing its inner workings through analyses of or interviews with such notables as Walter Cronkite, Barbara Walters, Dan Rather, and Geraldo Rivera
Far from home : life and loss in two American towns by Ron Powers( Book )

5 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The beast, the eunuch, and the glass-eyed child : television in the '80s by Ron Powers( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains twenty critical essays of television during the 1980s. The author, a veteran media critic, offers his views on topics such as television consumption and other trends. He argues that children's shows are calculated to create future consumers; the spreading influence of USA Today-type news broadcasts that do not cover news, and only consist of headlines; and the unending procession of talk-show celebrities who have no claim to fame other than their celebrity. The author details how television altered itself during this decade details how this was accomplished, how the young mastermind of MTV changed the face of television, how television altered its own view of itself, how the audience became part of television in an interactive way, how television became the audience that became the transfer agent to a larger audience (reality programming), how television became an influential politician to be reckoned with
Tom and Huck don't live here anymore : childhood and murder in the heart of America by Ron Powers( Book )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2013 in English and held by 680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Something had gone terribly wrong in Hannibal, Missouri. Within the space of six weeks, two killings - a manslaughter and then a murder - had taken place in the town that Mark Twain consecrated in his timeless classics about boyhood, the town that so proudly called itself "America's Home Town." Both were committed by adolescents." "Ron Powers felt compelled to revisit Hannibal. He had grown up there, and news of the crimes violated his faith in the town as an American sanctuary. The old "world headquarters of childhood" was not immune to the new national trend of violence by children. His hope was to find some explanation, some solace, some way of squaring these horrific tragedies with what he remembered about "his" Hannibal." "Tom and Huck Don't Live Here Anymore illuminates the tortured paradox of childhood in present-day America: romanticized in public rhetoric but brutalized by countless acts of indifference, ignorance, and aggression. While no one can fully explain what makes children kill, Powers places the unthinkable squarely at the heart of America's story."--Jacket
An Introduction to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain by Adam Kampe( Recording )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 675 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts and critical analysis of the classic Twain story of a young boy growing up in Hannibal, Missouri
True compass : a memoir by Edward M Kennedy( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward M. ("Ted") Kennedy was first elected as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 1962, after playing a key role in his brother John's Presidential campaign. "In 2004 he began interviews at the Miller Center of the Univ. of Virginia for an oral history project about his life. Since then he has drawn from his fifty years of contemporaneous notes from personal diaries and worked closely on this book with ... Ron Powers."--Dust jacket. In his revealing autobiography, Kennedy discusses his distinguished career, his family and personal relationships, and the tragedies that have befallen his family over the many years
True compass by Edward M Kennedy( Recording )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward M. ("Ted") Kennedy, was first elected as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in 1962, after playing a key role in his brother John's Presidential campaign." In 2004 he began interviews at the Miller Center of the Univ. of Virginia for an oral history project about his life. Since then he has drawn from his fifty years of contemporaneous notes from personal diaries and worked closely on this book with ... Ron Powers." In his revealing autobiography, Kennedy discusses his distinguished career, his family and personal relationships, and the tragedies that have befallen his family over the many years
Supertube : the rise of television sports by Ron Powers( Book )

5 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Face value by Ron Powers( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and Undetermined and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mark Twain a life by Ron Powers( Recording )

7 editions published between 2005 and 2011 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a biography of Mark Twain that embodies the totality of the man in his many moods and phases of life as youth, son and brother, writer, friend, husband, and celebrity
Last flag down [the epic journey of the last Confederate warship] by John Baldwin( Recording )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unabridged
The cruel radiance : notes of a prosewriter in a visual age by Ron Powers( Book )

4 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For Powers, writing and culture are inextricably intertwined; good storytelling is as central to the American temperament as jazz or baseball because it helps perpetuate our unique character: "In telling the people of a certain place the elemental tales about themselves and their place, the teller creates the common consciousness necessary for community. Likewise, the common consciousness of a community at once enhances the need for a teller."
White town drowsing by Ron Powers( Book )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Pulitzer Prize-winning commentator returns to his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and examines the town he found and the town he remembered
 
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Flags of our fathers
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Mark Twain : a lifeMark TwainFlags of our fathersDangerous water : a biography of the boy who became Mark TwainLast flag down : the epic journey of the last Confederate warshipThe man who flew the Memphis Belle : memoir of a WWII bomber pilotTom and Huck don't live here anymore : childhood and murder in the heart of AmericaTrue compass : a memoir