Search Results: "Benson Bobrick"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"The author's unrestrained advocacy can be annoying, but he provides a strong portrait of an undervalued general."
Revisionist biography of the Union general who overcame long odds to win the war in the West. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A must for libraries and classrooms. (timeline, glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
For a time period not lacking in resources, Bobrick manages to create one of the best for young readers, a volume that is attractive, informative, and accessible to history buffs and browsers alike. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"A valiant, if superficial, attempt at rendering in readable format this significant period in Muslim history."
A nonscholarly depiction of the cultured, cosmopolitan world of the early Abbasid caliphate. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"From alpha to omega, an engrossing account."
How one book changed English history. Read full book review >

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TESTAMENT by Benson Bobrick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"A fitting memorial to the farmboy turned soldier and intellectual: a must for Civil War enthusiasts."
The Civil War as seen by the author's great-grandfather, an Illinois infantryman on the Union side. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"If the book has a weakness, it's the final chapter on current understanding and treatment of stuttering: a touch lackluster compared with the lively and amusing history that precedes it."
A surprisingly entertaining essay on stuttering, chock full of hey-listen-to-this and did-you-ever-know-that anecdotes, plus, for sufferers, an account of a therapy that worked for the author. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 26, 2012

"A fascinating account of the Olympic Games and their place in history. (chronology, prologue, appendix, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
From the first Olympics in 776 B.C. to the 1936 Berlin Olympics, a good portion of world history is told through the lens of sport. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Thomas, and only the final chapter is devoted to the Battle of Nashville itself, a missed opportunity to make this the first full treatment of the battle for young readers. (appendices, source notes, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10 & up)"
On the eve of the Civil War, two Virginians pledged their allegiances—Robert E. Lee to his state, George H. Thomas to his national government. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 1997

"Readable, enlivened by many excerpts from the writings of participants famous and humble, this is a good primer on the revolution—but not a revolutionary one."
A readable, comprehensive, but unsurprising history of the American Revolution. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Powerful and moving—it's difficult to imagine a book that could say much more about Siberia, or say it better. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations, maps—not seen.)"
Well-written, vastly informative history of a largely unknown land, by Bobrick (Fearful Majesty, 1987). Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An enlightening peek behind the curtain for Nancy Drew fans. (timeline, publication list, glossary, endnotes, bibliography) (Biography. 11-14)"
"There is no Carolyn Keene. There never was." But as the author of 23 of the first 30 Nancy Drew mysteries, Mildred Wirt Benson came closer than anyone else. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF E.F. BENSON by Brian Masters
Released: March 15, 1992

"Masters creates a haunting and poignant story of misconstrued literary success, his pace, light touch, and elegant style evocative of Benson himself."
Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940), clever, sociable, and film-star handsome, published 65 books—including novels, memoirs, histories, and texts on Ping-Pong and ice-skating—and innumerable ghost stories, essays, reviews, and plays, his effortless production attracting both enough admirers to form the E.F. Benson Society with its newsletter, Dodo, and such talented biographers as Masters—whose 17 books—including lives of Rabelais, Camus, Moliäre, and one mass murderer—help him understand this prolific writer. Read full book review >