Search Results: "David Farber"


BOOK REVIEW

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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EVERYBODY OUGHT TO BE RICH by David Farber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2013

"A thoroughly researched book that will appeal mostly to a scholarly rather than general audience."
A comprehensive but unfortunately arid biography of John Jacob Raskob (1879-1950), whom Farber (History/Temple Univ.; The Rise and Fall of Modern American Conservatism: A Short History, 2010, etc.) depicts as a progenitor of modern capitalism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, while The Age of Great Dreams doesn't go far or deep in any direction, it illuminates broad areas of 60's life, forming a great introduction to the decade."
A brief, valuable look at the tensions that shaped the 60's, and the cultural and political movements that grew out of them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 1993

"An engaging study, shedding relevant historical light on today's multiethnic America."
Thoughtful, low-key survey of WW II Hawaii—the ``first strange place'' for almost a million US soldiers, sailors, and Marines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID HOCKNEY by Christopher Simon Sykes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Drawing on interviews with Hockney, his siblings, and colleagues; Hockey's autobiography; and diaries of famous friends, such as Christopher Isherwood and Stephen Spender, Sykes matches his subject's ebullience in this admiring, well-researched life."
Hockney from age 38 to 75, bubbling with enthusiasm. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID CROCKETT by Michael Wallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2011

"An excellent study likely to tick off the hagiographers."
He wasn't born on a mountaintop in Tennessee, and he didn't kill a b'ar when he was only three. Even so, David Crockett was a force of nature, as this fine biography details. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID MAMET by Ira Nadel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A trifle repetitious, but a sympathetic, scholarly and often penetrating examination of an American original."
The private life of prolific playwright, screenwriter, director, novelist and essayist Mamet remains private in a biography focused on his work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KING DAVID by Steven L. McKenzie
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"He should be credited for providing an imaginative work in the conspiracy school of Biblical criticism."
A strenuously speculative biography of a cherished Biblical figure, equated here to Saddam Hussein. Read full book review >

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DAVID JONES by Jonathan Miles
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 1996

"But they make a case for his importance, illustrated by works on range of themes, including dreamy landscapes painted in a time of coming war; sexuality depicted in dense oil painting as well as in the ligihter but more complex illustrations of the tale of Lancelot and Guinevere."
Much previously unknown material by British poet-artist David Jones is revealed in this large and attractive volume. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 12, 1993

"Kissel's at his best when dealing with the post-stroke Merrick, where the focus is insistently sharp and the pathos keen. (Photographs)"
A dishy but disappointing first biography of the legendary producer/ogre (who will be 82 in November)—as told by the chief theater critic for the New York Daily News. Read full book review >