Search Results: "David Hackett Fischer"


BOOK REVIEW

CHAMPLAIN’S DREAM by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A lucid portrait of a man given too little attention in standard American textbooks. Fischer's work should make it impossible to ignore Champlain's contributions henceforth."
Master historian Fischer (History/Brandeis Univ.; Washington's Crossing, 2004, etc.) heads north of the border to document the life of Samuel de Champlain, the founder of Quebec. Read full book review >

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WASHINGTON’S CROSSING by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A superb addition to the literature of the Revolution, by one of the best chroniclers in the business."
A lively reconstruction of the Continental Army's finest strategic hour. Read full book review >

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PAUL REVERE'S RIDE by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Fischer has avoided the traps he warned against nearly 25 years ago in his volume Historians' Fallacies (1970)."
Those who dare to try something new often fail. Read full book review >

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COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"Entertaining, but confused about its point of view. (Fiction. 11-16)"
The subgenre combining sleuthing with characters who have Asperger syndrome gets a new entry offering humor and interesting historical and scientific connections—but the narrative viewpoint drifts unsettlingly. 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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THE BUCHENWALD REPORT by David A. Hackett
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 1995

"This is an essential document of WW II and Holocaust history. (maps, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; History Book Club featured selection)"
An invaluable report by US Army personnel assembled immediately after liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. 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 >

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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 >

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Released: March 2, 2004

"Mavens will mourn the dearth of move-by-move analysis, but general readers will savor a marvelous portrait of East against West, with perceived societal superiority as the real prize."
The BBC journalists who honed their skills in amassing minutiae with Wittgenstein's Poker (2001) re-create the furor surrounding a chess match that was also one of the Cold War's most bizarre confrontations. Read full book review >

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THE ORIGINS OF BENJAMIN HACKETT by Gerald M. O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"Tackles a serious theme of forlornness with sincerity, buoyancy, and wit."
O'Connor's debut is a coming-of-age tale of an Irish teen in 1996 who, on learning he's adopted, plans to track down his birth parents. Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dishy but overstuffed and overly praiseful portrait."
A sweeping, gossipy biography of the chameleonic pop star in the form of an oral history, with input from dozens of collaborators, lovers, and admirers. Read full book review >

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Psyaint David by Wayne  Lanter
Released: May 22, 2016

"An unusual and artistically ambitious—but convoluted—account of a New York City gripped by fear."
A thriller chronicles a metropolis' descent into moral chaos. Read full book review >