Search Results: "Carlo M. Cipolla"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 29, 1991

"Cipolla's presentation of economic history as a humanistic rather than scientific discipline makes economic historiography seem fascinating and rather fun."
A scholarly, entertaining look at the objectives and techniques of economic historiography. Read full book review >

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FATHER AND I by Carlo Gébler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Often touching—sometimes harrowing—but overlong and overwrought. (13 b&w photographs)"
A British writer recalls his difficult relationship with a cold, sarcastic father—also a writer—who later vanishes into Alzheimer's. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"For Mafia buffs, a sure thing—though the denouement may be the most shocking thing about this labored book."
Mix The Godfather with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and you've got this routine true-crime study of one of the most coldblooded murderers in history. Read full book review >

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GASPIPE by Philip Carlo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2008

"An authoritative look at a once-rampant predator now at bay."
True-crime veteran Carlo (The Iceman: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, 2006, etc.) chronicles the extraordinary life of Lucchese family underboss Anthony "Gaspipe" Casso. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1991

"A vivid account of a campaign that attests to the high cost of miscalculation and overconfidence in matters military. (Sixteen pages of maps—not seen.)"
A meticulous audit of Operation Shingle, the WW II campaign designed to win Rome for Allied forces at an acceptable cost. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

W9 by Carlo Gébler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

A first collection of 18 stories from novelist GÇbler (The Cure, 1994, not reviewed; etc.), writing from Northern Ireland, ranges near and far to provide gritty closeups of life's less-distinguished moments, when desperation most overwhelms. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HOW TO MURDER A MAN by Carlo Gébler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Formulaic and uninspired but, still, with enough atmosphere to satisfy Celtophiles of all stripes—provided they like westerns."
A historical thriller, courtesy of Irish novelist GÇbler (W9 & Other Lives, 1998, etc.), on the travails of a 19th-century land agent who runs afoul of a gang of Irish terrorists. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Powerful exploration of underexamined relationships between labor, culture, and the urban future."
Original, engrossing discussion of emerging class, race, and gender transformations in post-industrial urban America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PATTON by Carlo D’este
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Wilson wealth and good living was something that blessed Patton his entire life''), sometimes flags, occasionally bores. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen; 9 maps)"
Legendary for his tactical speed in war, General George S. Patton (18851945) was also notable for drama and style. Read full book review >

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EISENHOWER by Carlo D’este
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2002

"An absorbing portrait of the growth of Eisenhower the man and a fine analysis of the accomplishments of Eisenhower the general."
Exhaustive, highly readable study of Ike the soldier, from his modest Kansas origins through V-E Day. Read full book review >

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MARY WALKER WEARS THE PANTS by Cheryl Harness
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"Despite awkwardness, this is a welcome window into an important American life. (Picture book/biography. 7-9)"
Pants: Women were not supposed to wear them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1995

"Taken either straight or satirically, though, it's a long slog to some pretty narrow pleasures."
One year after English visitor Barbara Graham's son Colin wanders from her side on the beach at the Tuscan town of Gualdana and is recovered by the local carabinieri, and one day after Girolamo Delaude's Fiat collides with Antonio Zeme's Volvo, Delaude disappears during a dark and stormy night, as do Zeme and his manic-depressive wife, Magda. Read full book review >