Search Results: "David Cannadine"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A controversial work that is sure to spark debate—and a painstaking and temperate argument, written with a good command of the facts and a remarkable sense of proportion."
A fresh perspective on British history, in which Cannadine (The Rise and Fall of Class in Britain, 1999, etc.) argues against racial interpretations of colonialism and maintains that the British Empire was sustained by a universal respect for social class. Read full book review >

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DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2013

"A generally persuasive, impassioned book-length essay. While his conclusions (and language) sometimes grow repetitive, they nonetheless serve to underscore at every turn an incisive argument buttressed by millennia of evidence."
Historian and editor Cannadine (History/Princeton Univ.; Mellon, 2006, etc.) constructs a stirring critique of history that questions conventional approaches to narrating the human chronicle. Read full book review >

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MELLON by David Cannadine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2006

"Grand successes and epic failures, engrossingly recounted."
Lavish, multifaceted portrait of the early-20th-century American business titan, emphasizing the man rather than the money. Read full book review >

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Released: April 26, 1993

A well-written if not wholly successful effort to revive the reputation of G.M. Trevelyan as a historian. Read full book review >

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VICTORIOUS CENTURY by David Cannadine
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Dense but satisfying history of a time when 'Britons were prodigiously energetic, industrious and creative, even as they were also in many ways a flawed and fallible people.'"
The acclaimed British historian meticulously traces every aspect of Britain from the Act of Union (with Ireland) in 1800 until the 1906 landslide by the Liberal Party. Read full book review >

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THE RISE AND FALL OF CLASS IN BRITAIN by David Cannadine
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 1999

"Thankfully, his enlightening book is neither."
An original contribution to an old topic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2003

"A few stale chocolates in an otherwise luscious sampler."
Veteran English historian Cannadine (Ornamentalism: How the British Saw Their Empire, 2001, etc.) ranges freely over an eclectic selection of topics, from the design of the palace of Westminster to the differences between the cinematic and literary versions of James Bond—and, yes, the legendary PM and Nobel laureate somehow figures in them all. Read full book review >

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HISTORY IN OUR TIME by David Cannadine
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Entertaining and enlightening."
Short, occasional pieces that are best ingested in small bites. Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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DAVID KARP by Karen Latchana Kenney
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2013

"Just another fabulously wealthy high school dropout role model. (endnotes, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10-13)"
Bland, standard-issue profile of a (now) 26-year-old Internet entrepreneur. Read full book review >