Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6¼ x 9¼
978-1-4422-7820-2 • Hardback • June 2018 • $45.00 • (£35.00)
978-1-4422-7821-9 • eBook • June 2018 • $39.50 • (£30.00)
Stephen H. Ryan has more than three decades in the book industry. He was the nonfiction buyer for a national bookstore chain, and for more than fifteen years he was a senior editor at Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Mr. Ryan is publisher at Phoenix Books, Inc. He lives in Silver Spring, MD.
Paul J. Ryan is a consultant in areas that include business analysis, process improvement, customer experience, and client relationship management. His industry and sector experience includes retail, healthcare, transportation, education, government, and non-profit organizations. He is the author of Raise or Repair & Retain a Great Credit Score. He lives in Delray Beach, FL.
After reading The Essential James Garner, I felt these two gentlemen truly captured the essence of my father’s classic work. Paul and Stephen Ryan genuinely recognized the subtle genius of dad’s gifts, and I applaud them for their insightful observations.— Gigi Garner
Neither a biography nor a work of film criticism, this latest in Rowman & Littlefield’s Essential series is an appreciation of James Garner’s career in television and movies, and as one of the twentieth century’s most likable actors, there is much to appreciate. Following the established series format, the text opens with a solid introduction to Garner’s life and work and then moves on, first, to more detailed treatments of the movies and the television series. The movie sections include plot summaries, brief accountings of how and why the movies were made, reviews of the films’ critical reception, and brief analyses. For the television series, including the classics, Maverick and The Rockford Files, the authors provide a look at the series’ themes and story arcs as well as episode guides with plot summaries. This is not a full critical appraisal of Garner’s career, but it will certainly be satisfying to the actor’s many fans, who will enjoy the trip down memory lane.— Booklist
Actor James Garner (1928–2014) is probably best remembered as the star of two very successful TV shows—Maverick in the late 1950s and early 1960s, and The Rockford Files in the 1970s—but he also enjoyed a career that spanned five decades and included seven TV series, more than 40 films (The Great Escape; The Notebook), three Golden Globe Awards, and two Emmys. In 2005, Garner was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild. All of that is impressive, but does Garner’s career warrant an entire book devoted to those films and TV shows considering he wrote his own memoir, The Garner Files, in 2011? The authors, an acquisitions editor at Rowman & Littlefield (Stephen) and a business management consultant (Paul), say yes, adding their aim is to “point out the highlights of Garner’s career and encourage readers to discover or revisit the best that Garner had to offer . . . particularly those that were not given their proper due.” They do that with a short bio followed by a chronological examination of each included film and TV show. This book is illustrated with photos and ends with a complete filmography and list of awards and honors. VERDICT: This well-researched work will be of most interest to die-hard Garner fans and film researchers.— Library Journal
A tribute to the career of a Hollywood legend, the book will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about the actor's best films and TV series. — Discover Hollywood
Authors Stephen H. Ryan and Paul J. Ryan have compiled the quintessential book about the career of actor James Garner. . . The book covers his entire career as one of America’s most beloved actors. . . a must-have for fans of Mr. James Garner. — Family Choice Awards
Even longtime fans are apt to read a fact or two they didn't know before.— Free Kittens Movie Guide