Search Results: "Diana Preston"


BOOK REVIEW

DIANA by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And unless it's simply a makeweight being used to fulfill a contractual obligation, it's hard to understand why Fuentes allowed it to be published."
A roman Ö clef distinguished, so to speak, by feet of the samenot to mention other bodily parts lubriciously (if not lovingly) described. Read full book review >

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DIANA by Jane Fincher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"Others may be moved to a contemplation of the peculiar modern fixation with celebrity. (500 color photographs)"
In one of what will undoubtedly be a host of tributes on the anniversary of her death comes a collection of several hundred color photographs of "the people's princess," taken by the only female photographer granted access to Diana by Buckingham Palace. Read full book review >

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PRESTON FALLS by David Gates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 1998

"The tumult of marriage on the rocks rings true, but otherwise there's too much yuppie angst and too little human interest for this to be appealing."
A sputtering marriage stalls when a p.r. flack takes a break from the job and kids to fix up the family's vacation home in upstate New York, in this painfully slow successor to Gates's debut, Jernigan (1991), a Pulitzer Prize finalist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"Preston ably conveys her admiration for the Egyptian queen."
Historian Preston (Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, 2005, etc.) casts Cleopatra as the fulcrum of power in the one of the world's first power couples. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2000

"A colorful and well-presented treatment of a crucial turning point in history."
A popular history of the Boxer Rebellion, which took place a century ago this year, brings its events to life Read full book review >

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REMEMBER THE LUSITANIA! by Diana Preston
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2003

"The dramatic cover will entice readers, and the exciting narrative will keep them riveted. (appendix, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In 1915, three years after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, the Lusitania was preparing for her 101st eastward crossing of the Atlantic. Read full book review >

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LUSITANIA by Diana Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2002

"Top-drawer military history, engagingly told."
A vivid reconstruction of the famed ocean liner's demise and its history-altering consequences. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A harrowing—and, in this era of drones, absolutely pertinent—look at the rapacious reaches of man's murderous imagination."
A British historian of considerable breadth and accomplishment, Preston (The Dark Defile: Britain's Catastrophic Invasion of Afghanistan, 1838-1842, 2012, etc.) focuses on three wartime innovations that elevated to new heights mankind's ability to slaughter itself: submarines, zeppelins and poison gas.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"Preston brings this obscure, ill-begotten conflict to a lively, pertinent center stage."
An earlier invasion of Afghanistan by the British offers some enlightening lessons for American readers in this nicely encapsulated study by a British historian. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"A touch narrower than Gerard DeGroot's indispensable The Bomb: A Life (p. 31), but still a useful, very accessible summary of things atomic."
Science is a cumulative and collaborative process, even when it's put to the job of killing people. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"A guarded, and frequently routine, presentation of a life that might receive a more searching treatment after it ends."
Financial Times literary editor Dalley presents this detailed portrait of the charming and elusive Lady Diana Mosley—highborn society beauty, writer, and fascist. Read full book review >