Search Results: "Adrian Desmond"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"This is an unfailingly interesting contribution to the history of science. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A whopping life of Thomas Huxley (182595), who did much to bring Victorian-era science to a lay audience. Read full book review >

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DARWIN by Adrian Desmond
Released: July 1, 1992

"While valuable for the insights it offers on the age, it is not a substitute for Darwin's own autobiography and journals. (Fifty-six pages of photographs and drawings—not seen.)"
A sweeping biography in which Desmond (The Ape's Reflexion, 1979, etc.) and Moore (The Post-Darwinian Controversies—not reviewed) illustrate not only the familiar Darwinian thesis that life evolves—that it depends on an interplay of nature and culture and of inherited and acquired traits—but also the contemporary thesis that all science is in some way autobiographical. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2009

"Stimulating, in-depth picture of 19th-century scientific thinking and racial attitudes."
Co-authors of the massive Darwin (1992) offer a new take on the impetus for his theory of evolution: It was "moral passion," rather than the force of observed, recorded and analyzed facts, that fired his work. Read full book review >

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THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >

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ERIC, THE BOY WHO LOST HIS GRAVITY by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 11, 2014

"Sturdy children, particularly those with siblings, will respond to the starkness of emotions expressed. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In a challenge to tales in which children rise in the air when elated, Eric and his toddler sister, Alice, both float upward when "very angry." Happiness literally re-grounds them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 26, 1989

An intriguing comparison by Seward (Henry V, Napoleon's Family, etc.) of the lives, careers, and legacies of two of history's most flagrant tyrants. Read full book review >

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METTERNICH by Desmond Seward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Timely but tepid, at times merely a patchwork of quotations, but nonetheless highlighting a powerful and controversial presence in the tapestry of modern Europe, still being woven today. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A slender review of the career of Austrian archconservative Prince Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859), whose vision of a Europe united became a reality briefly during the decade 1810-20, from prolific English historian Seward (Henry V, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2016

"This stunning, remarkable book—a scholar's 21st-century How the Other Half Lives—demands a wide audience."
A groundbreaking work on the central role of housing in the lives of the poor. Read full book review >

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RED CAT BLUE CAT by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The plot is familiar, but energetic artwork and a comical twist at the end may make it feel fresh enough to entertain a new generation of feline fanciers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Feline enemies become firm friends in this predictable but potentially pleasing debut. Read full book review >

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THE POLAR BEAR by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An uneven effort. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In this companion to The Blue Whale (2015), Desmond introduces the polar bear's habitat, physical characteristics, life cycle, and food sources.Read full book review >

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CATLORE by Desmond Morris
Released: May 1, 1988

"With the exception noted, perceptive and enlightening—and for cat lovers, not to be missed."
In following up his insightful Q&A-style treatise on feline behavior, Catwatching (1987), Morris here answers 60 equally engrossing questions, this time supplied by readers of the earlier work. Read full book review >

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CARAVAGGIO by Desmond Seward
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Given the glaring lack of historical data, Seward does a fine job of piecing together circumstantial evidence of the painter's turbulent life, while skillful juxtaposition of Caravaggio's personal narrative and art illuminates the origins of his dramatic style.(16 color illustrations, not seen)"
Seward, a renowned British historian (The Wars of the Roses, 1995, etc.), sets out to reassemble the shadowy life of the 17th-century Italian chiaroscuro master Michelangelo de Caravaggio. Read full book review >