Search Results: "Barry Strauss"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Strauss sharpens our image of three brilliant commanders and makes military history great fun."
Military historian Strauss (The Spartacus War, 2009, etc.) cleverly exposes the characters of three legendary leaders through the five stages of war: attack, resistance, clash, closing the net and knowing when to stop. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Strauss's reconstruction of the events of naval and classical history overflows with detail and writerly attention to a grand story."
First-rate military and political history, focusing on a critically important battle of the ancient past. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF CAESAR by Barry Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Once again, Strauss takes us deep into the psyche of ancient history in an exciting, twisted tale that is sure to please."
Master historian Strauss (History and Classics/Cornell Univ.; Masters of Command: Hannibal, Alexander, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership, 2012, etc.) zeroes in on the few years surrounding Julius Caesar's assassination and delves into the strengths of the characters involved.Read full book review >

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THE SPARTACUS WAR by Barry Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2009

"Graphic, adrenaline-pumping history."
A swift-moving, accessible chronicle of the insurgency against ancient Rome led by the charismatic slave leader Spartacus. Read full book review >

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ROWING AGAINST THE CURRENT by Barry S. Strauss
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"He does fine service to his sport in this memoir."
To be middle-aged and ghosting a scull through the early morning light of a Lake Cayuga dawn: that's where Strauss finds himself, a pilgrim of sorts, searching for a little self-affirmation. Read full book review >

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BARRY LYGA
by Megan Labrise

What’s Barry Lyga’s secret to writing books teen readers love?

“I don’t write for teens,” says the New York Times bestselling author of I Hunt Killers. “That’s my secret—I write about teens.

“I’m aware that my books are published as YA,” he continues, “and I love that, and there’s a magic to having teenagers tell you a book ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE NIGHT SHIMMY by Gwen Strauss
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1992

"A subtle and perceptive treatment of a familiar theme, with an unusually harmonious melding of text and art. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The gifted author of Trail of Stones (1990), a series of searching psychological portraits in verse of familiar folkloric characters, portrays a painfully shy boy. Read full book review >

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COUPLES, PASSERSBY by Botho Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"To paraphrase Dorothy Parker: I'd sooner clean and paint the house Than read a book by Botho Strauss."
Another gathering of elliptical vignettes and ponderous philosophizing from the ostensibly controversial German author (Devotion, 1979; The Young Man, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE JOY OF FUNERALS by Alix Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2003

"A snappy idea buried by verveless writing."
Novel-in-stories about morbidly lonely thirtysomething women who find comfort in mortuaries. Read full book review >

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THE REAL MCCOY by Darin Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2002

"Not as good as Chang and Eng, then, but not bad at all. Strauss remains one of the most interesting and promising of younger American novelists."
There's ample entertainment value in this rather desperately inventive second historical novel by the author of the highly praised debut tale Chang and Eng (2000). Read full book review >

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HALF A LIFE by Darin Strauss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2010

"Genuinely remorseful and heartfelt, yet strangely unremarkable."
Redress and atonement mar a boy's adolescence after the accidental death of a classmate. Read full book review >