Search Results: "Desmond Tutu"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2014

"There is a disconnect between the gravitas of the surname Tutu in relationship to what is basically a self-help book. Tutu's No Future Without Forgiveness (1999) is a far weightier and more worthy discussion of the topic."
A practical call for forgiveness from people who learned it the hard way. Read full book review >

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DESMOND AND THE VERY MEAN WORD by Desmond Tutu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A thought-provoking lesson for young readers on the destructiveness of bullying and racism. (letter to readers from Tutu, author's note) (Picture book/memoir. 4-8)"
Archbishop Tutu, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, remembers a life-changing and life-affirming moment from his childhood in racist South Africa. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"What emerges is a documentary history (albeit in only one voice) of the protracted death of apartheid and an affirmation of nonracial democracy by a man whose political acts are emphatically motivated by his Christian faith."
This chronologically arranged collection of speeches, writings, and letters by Nobelist Desmond Tutu, Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, offers some gripping primary source material from the battle against apartheid. Read full book review >

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GOD’S DREAM by Desmond Tutu
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The noteworthy illustrations include a touching spread showing children of different faiths all praying in their own way and attractive endpapers with a patchwork of African patterned fabrics. (Picture book/religion. 3-8)"
Archbishop Tutu shares his philosophy in simple but eloquent words intended for young children, accompanied by Pham's appealing illustrations of sweet-faced children of different ethnicities. Read full book review >

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NO FUTURE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS by Desmond Mpilo Tutu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 1999

"In its sober depiction and searing indictment of evil and in its never-maudlin advocacy of love, this is a masterpiece. (Author tour)"
The story of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and a meditation on evil and forgiveness from Nobel laureate Tutu (The Rainbow People of God: The Making of a Peaceful Revolution, 1994). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BLUE WHALE by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 27, 2015

"Still, whale lovers will breach with happiness over this rich, artful mix of fact and frolic. (map) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
With playful observations and comparisons, Desmond presents a fount of information about "the largest living creature on our planet." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 26, 1989

An intriguing comparison by Seward (Henry V, Napoleon's Family, etc.) of the lives, careers, and legacies of two of history's most flagrant tyrants. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"This is an unfailingly interesting contribution to the history of science. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A whopping life of Thomas Huxley (182595), who did much to bring Victorian-era science to a lay audience. Read full book review >

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METTERNICH by Desmond Seward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Timely but tepid, at times merely a patchwork of quotations, but nonetheless highlighting a powerful and controversial presence in the tapestry of modern Europe, still being woven today. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A slender review of the career of Austrian archconservative Prince Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859), whose vision of a Europe united became a reality briefly during the decade 1810-20, from prolific English historian Seward (Henry V, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2016

"This stunning, remarkable book—a scholar's 21st-century How the Other Half Lives—demands a wide audience."
A groundbreaking work on the central role of housing in the lives of the poor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RED CAT BLUE CAT by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 11, 2012

"The plot is familiar, but energetic artwork and a comical twist at the end may make it feel fresh enough to entertain a new generation of feline fanciers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Feline enemies become firm friends in this predictable but potentially pleasing debut. Read full book review >

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THE POLAR BEAR by Jenni  Desmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An uneven effort. (Informational picture book. 5-8)"
In this companion to The Blue Whale (2015), Desmond introduces the polar bear's habitat, physical characteristics, life cycle, and food sources.Read full book review >