Search Results: "David Herbert Donald"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2003

"A rare psychobiography that does not strain the bounds of credulity."
"How could a man who had no friends be also a man who had nothing but friends?" asks Lincoln scholar Donald as he ponders the Great Emancipator's essential loneliness. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN by David Herbert Donald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A magisterial work, destined to assume its place with those of Beveridge, Sandburg, Thomas, and Oates as a standard life of Lincoln. (Book-of-the-Month Club split main selection; History Book Club main selection)"
In a significant contribution to Lincoln scholarship, distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prizewinning biographer Donald (Harvard; Look Homeward: A Life of Thomas Wolfe, 1987, etc.) draws a richly detailed, absorbing portrait of our 16th president. Read full book review >

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HERBERT ROWBARGE by Natalie Babbitt
Released: Nov. 15, 1982

"It's an expertly turned artifact of a story, which is not to deny its human sympathy and penetrating edge."
Why is successful Herbert Rowbarge so cold of heart, so lacking in the delight or merriment one would expect of someone so devoted to his popular amusement park and its old-fashioned merry-go-round? 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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DONALD TRUMP by Jill Sherman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2017

"A prefab profile that will be outdated long before it becomes available. (source notes, timeline, further reading, index) (Biography. 10-12)"
A quick scan of the recently elected chief executive's family, background, and campaign. Read full book review >

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HERBERT HOOVER by Glen Jeansonne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A hagiographic survey of an activist president agitating on the wrong side of history. A decent resource, but readers are encouraged to also consult Charles Rappleye's Herbert Hoover in the White House (2016)."
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) as a lifelong champion of true GOP ideals. Read full book review >

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HERBERT HOOVER by William E. Leuchtenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"A brilliantly written cautionary tale for those who believe a hard-nosed businessman would bring a breath of fresh air to the American presidency."
Slim, thoroughly satisfying account of the president overwhelmed by the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH by Tom Wicker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2004

"In the end, Wicker offers little more than 'a nice man with good connections': perhaps not the worst president, though the acorn doesn't fall far from the oak."
A readable life, at once respectful and critical, of Bush I, who nursed "what must have been a burning desire to become president of the United States" without formulating any particular plans for what he'd do once he got the job. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and deliciously gossipy: a must for anyone interested in book publishing."
Charming WWII-era letters exchanged by the founders of Random House. 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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HERBERT VON KARAJAN by Richard Osborne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2000

"Perhaps overlong, this gem of a biography should be the standard reference on an indisputable musical genius."
A superb biography of a great conductor who was dogged by controversy throughout his career. Read full book review >