Search Results: "Arthur Herman"


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DOUGLAS MACARTHUR by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Featuring the use of new archives, a highly regarded historian offers a significant reappraisal."
A freshly critical life of the great American general, whose "spectacular successes were always haunted by his equally spectacular failures." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"There's plenty of courage and endurance here. Herman's thesis is less than groundbreaking, but his narrative ought to please fans of Aubrey and Hornblower—and even the Tudor kings."
The contributions of the British fleet extend beyond the inventive use of rum, sodomy, and the lash. The British Empire, argues Herman (How the Scots Invented the Modern World, 2001, etc.), would scarcely have been possible without it, and "half the world's independent nations would not exist today." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2012

"A magnificent, controversial re-examination of the role of American business in winning WWII."
It's not often that a historian comes up with a fresh approach to an absolutely critical element of the Allied victory in World War II, but Pulitzer finalist Herman (Gandhi & Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age, 2009, etc.) has done just that. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Breezy and enthusiastic but resting on a sturdy rock of research."
The author of Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II (2012) returns with a sweeping intellectual history viewed through two ancient Greek lenses. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"In a volume more celebrative than contemplative, Herman reveals a chauvinism that presents an eerie smiley face."
The Scots here get all the credit, for everything from humanistic philosophy to capitalism to the steam engine to Agent 007. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2008

"A well-wrought historical narrative that adds significantly to our understanding of both figures."
Veteran historian Herman (To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World, 2004, etc.) offers an ambitious, reasoned joint biography of two great men. Read full book review >

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1917 by Arthur Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"Mixing both real events and a few moments of speculation, a fine account of a climacteric year."
Dual biography of two men who stand in this account as avatars of worldwide change in a critical historical moment. Read full book review >

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THE IDEA OF DECLINE IN WESTERN HISTORY by Arthur Herman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 3, 1997

"A fascinating—and disturbing—study, and one that surely demands a response from those who firmly believe in the idea of progress."
A learned study of the concept of decline since the Enlightenment, sure to generate widespread discussion and debate. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Librarians, prepare for opinion-blackened margins; readers, argue and run—to more balanced historians."
A combative corrective to the view of McCarthy as red-baiting demagogue that finds the true villains in the liberal establishment and the mainstream media. Read full book review >

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NATURE'S WAY by Herman Wouk
Released: July 3, 1958

"Designed for reading."
Even Wouk's achievement in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial was not enough to carry Nature's Way to success, on Broadway. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Those searching for a clear, persuasive introduction to the way in which battle shaped new strategies and a new idea of war could find no better or more compelling guide. (History Book Club selection)"
A succinct, clear, useful review of the battles and campaigns of the Civil War, and of the strategies that shaped them. Read full book review >