Search Results: "Andrew Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

EMINENT CHURCHILLIANS by Andrew Roberts
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"But too often, Roberts's text reads like a mean-spirited attack on the personal foibles of some dead men; it does nothing to diminish the stature of Britain's magnificent Last Lion. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In a wearyingly carping exercise in Lytton Stracheylike iconoclasm, British freelance journalist Roberts (The Holy Fox, 1991, not reviewed) exposes the heroes of the period of Britain's imperial decline as grandiloquent fools and knaves, appeasers and apologists for various forms of authoritarianism, and purblind racists. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2002

"The shelves groan complainingly with studies of the Iron Duke and the Little Corporal. Room should be found for this one."
English historian Roberts (Eminent Churchillians, 1995, etc.) delivers a satisfying study of the opposing generals of yesteryear, whose lives intersected in all sorts of odd ways. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NAPOLEON by Andrew Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Other opinionated observers—Paul Johnson, Charles Esdaile, Alan Schom—consider Napoleon a self-absorbed opportunist plagued by his incompetent economics, pugnacious foreign policy, totalitarian government and massive propaganda, but Roberts offers a solid reconsideration."
More books have been written with Napoleon (1769-1821) in the title than there have been days since his death, writes prolific historian and Napoleonic Institute fellow Roberts (The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War, 2011, etc.) in this 800-page doorstop. Entirely conventional and mostly admiring, it fills no great need, but few readers will complain.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"A vivid, thoughtful, and blessedly concise account of one of history's signal events."
A deceptively slender, richly nuanced overview of the battle that, suggests British historian Roberts (Napoleon and Wellington, 2002, etc.), marks the beginning of the modern era. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2009

"Excellent and essential."
A richly detailed examination of the military and civilian leaders of Britain and America during World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"An energetic, elegant synthesis of enormous research—with lots of maps!—that will prove a valuable resource for students of European history."
A comprehensive, insightful one-volume study of World War II that relentlessly pursues the question: Why didn't the Axis win? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"An arguable book, best suited to those who think Vietnam, the Falklands and Iraq were and are just wars."
A thoughtful yet partial history of the rivalry among nations that became a "Special Relationship." Read full book review >

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MAKING UP HISTORY (BUT MAKING IT FEEL REAL)
by Claiborne Smith

When debut authors talk about their struggles to get published, their stories usually boil down to a dramatic tale of numbers, despite the literary context: X number of writing workshops they attended, X number of years spent working on the debut, X number of rejections from agents or publishers. Andrew Hilleman, whose electric, compelling debut novel, World, Chase Me Down ...


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BOOK REVIEW

RAPUNZEL by Lynn Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Those under 30 may miss many of the cultural references, but even in this fractured form it's good to see the classic tale stayin' alive, stayin' alive. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-10, adult)"
Having found an audience—an adult one, at least—for Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001), the Roberts sibs put a differently styled, but equally stylish twist on another folktale romance. Read full book review >

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THE FACTS OF LIFE by Jillian Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2013

"Here, 'just enough' is not enough in either form or content. (iPad informational app. 3-6)"
"Just enough" information about the titular facts is the stated goal for this well-intentioned offering from a Canadian psychologist. Read full book review >

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DIRTY BERTIE by David Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Young readers may respond with a polite 'eeewww' or two, but neither the staring eyes in the cartoon illustrations, nor the rigidly judgmental approach, is likely to spark much beyond that. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In what amounts to a No, David! knockoff, another child with a pop-eyed, oversized head earns repeated, large-type choruses of "No, Bertie! Read full book review >

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LITTLE RED by Lynn Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"No, this isn't likely to replace traditional versions—but it should nonetheless draw a chuckle or two. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
The Roberts' third style-conscious folktale remake transforms Little Red into a boy, places him in late 18th-century America and sends him through the woods to Grandma's with a jug of ginger ale. Read full book review >