Search Results: "Derek Wilson"


BOOK REVIEW

WILSON by David Mamet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Well, folks, we're here to tell you—Wilson isn't even half-vast."
You'll want to clear your sinuses by renting a video of Glengarry Glen Ross or American Buffalo after wrestling with this unruly anti-novel by the noted playwright and remarkably unremarkable writer of fiction. Read full book review >

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WILSON by A. Scott Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring."
Accomplished biographer Berg (Lindbergh, 1998, etc.) emphasizes the extraordinary talents of this unlikely president in an impressive, nearly hagiographic account. Read full book review >

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WOODROW WILSON by John Milton Cooper Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Cooper exhibits complete command of his materials, a sure knowledge of the man and a nuanced understanding of a presidency almost Shakespearean in its dimensions."
A noted Woodrow Wilson expert comprehensively examines the life and career of America's 28th president. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Okay as a locked-van puzzle, but weighted down with Gye's journal entries and outré escapes from gangster widows, international conspiracies, and ectoplasmic manifestations."
Cambridge University parapsychology lecturer Nathaniel Gye comes to the aid of a corpse. Read full book review >

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TRIPLETREE by Derek Wilson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 16, 2004

"Amiably silly stuff, though Gye spends way too much time recapping the plot in his journal entries and discussions with his magazine-editor wife Katherine. Popular historian Wilson (In the Lion's Court, 2002, etc.) plans a sequel."
Cotswold parapsychologist and university lecturer Nathaniel Gye must decide in his debut whether ghosts are harassing a Jacobean manor house. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"A readable overview that demonstrates Luther's wide-ranging impact on the world, then and now."
A new look at one of Christian history's most pivotal characters. Read full book review >

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THE ASTORS 1763-1992 by Derek Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1993

"A first-class version of a saga that bears retelling, though somewhat flawed by the author's transparent efforts to explain away the errancies of latter-day Astors. (Sixteen pages of illustrations, plus family trees dating back to 1620)"
An absorbing if occasionally exculpatory chronicle of the moneyed Anglo-American clan whose founding father and scions made frequently problematic names for themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

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Released: May 27, 1996

"Perhaps this biography, in its lumbering, cumbersome way, might bring a few of these elegant, streamlined, ever inventive works back to the bookstores."
As with many ploddingly obese biographies, there is a thin, sprightly work here aching to be set free. Read full book review >

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CHARLEMAGNE by Derek Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2006

"Lacks the technical and stylistic sparkle of great popular history, but is nonetheless informative and even provocative."
Charlemagne not only conquered much of Europe but also created the idea of "Europe," one that has lasted far longer than the empire, which began to fracture soon after his death in 814. Read full book review >

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THE NATURE OF RARE THINGS by Derek Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Okay as a locked-van puzzle, but weighted down with Gye's journal entries and outré escapes from gangster widows, international conspiracies, and ectoplasmic manifestations."
Cambridge University parapsychology lecturer Nathaniel Gye comes to the aid of a corpse. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2002

"Remarkable research, a masterful synthesis—but lacking an animating panache. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A novelist and popular historian (The King and the Gentleman: Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell, 1499-1649, 1999, etc.) argues that the six wives are far less significant to our understanding of Henry VIII than the six Thomases who served him: Wolsey, More, Cromwell, Howard, Wriothesley, and Cranmer. Read full book review >