Search Results: "David Fraser"


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FREDERICK THE GREAT by David Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A trenchant piece of biographical writing, giving readers a Frederick's-eye-view of the mare's nest of 18th-centruy European geopolitics. (16 pp. illustrations)"
A commanding and militarily vibrant biography of the peerless Prussian autocrat from one of Britain's premier generals—and novelists. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"A tellingly detailed account that manages to put Rommel into a human context. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos and 20 helpful maps)"
A judicious appraisal of Germany's best-known WW II soldier, from a retired British general whose published works include a well-regarded 1982 biography of Lord Alanbrook. Read full book review >

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THE CAVALIER CASE by Antonia Fraser
Released: Jan. 15, 1990

The best-selling author of The Warrior Queens (1989), as well as six previous Jemima Shore/telly-investigator mysteries, sleekly weaves all her passions together here by presenting Jemima with a portrait of Cavalier poet Decimus Meredith, 1st Viscount Lackland (d. 1645), and having her besotted with him and eager to meet him—she learns his ghost stalks Lackland Court, where the 17th Viscount has recently died and where the 18th, "Handsome Dan," has his hands full: an ex-wife, a current wife, a few mild flirtations, children (including the sulky young Nell) from various women, plus plans to turn his stately home into a trendy private tennis club. Read full book review >

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THE WARRIOR QUEENS by Antonia Fraser
Released: March 14, 1989

In her 1984 best seller, The Weaker Vessel, Fraser contrasted the low status of women in 17th-century England with their actual strengths and achievements; here, she's not quite as dramatic, but still intriguing as she ranges throughout world history for examples of women who ruled nations and armies. Read full book review >

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MOTIVE FOR MURDER by Anthea Fraser
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 15, 1997

"Fraser (I'll Sing You Two-O, 1996, etc.) unveils each eminently predictable development with professional skill."
If Emily Barton had ever read a modern gothic, she'd never have taken that secretarial job with eminent Cornwall novelist Matthew Haig. Read full book review >

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THE WIVES OF HENRY VIII by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

Fraser (The Warrior Queens, 1989, etc.) brings her personable voice and vivid historical imagination to the six women who married Henry VIII. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Fraser's book, a solidly researched and gripping account of religious battles and persecution, forces the reader to reflect on both the gruesome results and complex origins of terrorism. (40 b&w illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selections; author tour)"
Early 17th century England's complexities and dangers are rendered both comprehensible and relevant in the skilled prose of a veteran mystery novelist (A Splash of Red, 1981, etc.) and popular historian (The Wives of Henry VIII, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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OUR ISRAELI DIARY by Antonia Fraser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A slim volume graced by lively observations."
A British biographer offers salient glimpses of Israeli life and culture. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Pleasant and even instructive, but requires sustained suspension of the critical faculty."
A fan's notes on the "ironic, kindly, democratic, humorous, energetic, tolerant, and brave" peoples of Britain. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"A poignant study of gratitude for the simple life."
Fraser (The Territory of Men, 2002) soulfully evokes the year she spent in an isolated forest retreat recovering from the trauma of divorce and exploring the inner landscape of her heart. Read full book review >