Search Results: "E.F. Harding"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Like many a software designer, the author has put plenty of information into his work, but has failed to make it user-friendly. (b&w drawings)"
An ambitious but baffling history of automatic calculation, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic numbers to modern computers. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"While sometimes overly reflective of Anthony's painstaking research, this biography is a fascinating account of one of the most complex of all the political wives of this century. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealing biography with unmistakably powerful contemporary parallels to recent presidential spouses, from Anthony (First Ladies, 2 vols., 1990, 1991). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"May not hold the attention of the general reader, but provides valuable documentation for presidential scholars."
An Ohio lawyer pores over reams of salacious correspondence to reveal fascinating new information, overlooked by earlier biographers, about Warren G. Harding's long-running romance with a pro-German freethinker. Read full book review >

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WARREN G. HARDING by John Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2004

"Unlikely to rehabilitate Harding by itself, but a useful view of the long-forgotten leader."
Brief account of a failed, scandal-ridden presidency, seen through the eyes of someone quite familiar with such things. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF E.F. BENSON by Brian Masters
Released: March 15, 1992

"Masters creates a haunting and poignant story of misconstrued literary success, his pace, light touch, and elegant style evocative of Benson himself."
Edward Frederic Benson (1867-1940), clever, sociable, and film-star handsome, published 65 books—including novels, memoirs, histories, and texts on Ping-Pong and ice-skating—and innumerable ghost stories, essays, reviews, and plays, his effortless production attracting both enough admirers to form the E.F. Benson Society with its newsletter, Dodo, and such talented biographers as Masters—whose 17 books—including lives of Rabelais, Camus, Moliäre, and one mass murderer—help him understand this prolific writer. Read full book review >

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THE HARDING SISTERS OF STERLING CITY ROAD AND ME by Carol E. Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2017

"An uneven chronicle reveals the joys and tribulations of New England sisters."
A debut memoir follows a large family in rural Connecticut. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"An important historical document, but not for general readers. (photos, not seen)"
A thoroughly researched but ultimately unreadable diary of a Civil War—era nurse and smuggler, edited by Conklin, a Gettysburg battlefield guide and lecturer on women in the Civil War. Read full book review >

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QUEEN LUCIA by E.F. Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"The six Lucia novels form a kind of epic portrait of striving gone mod, and it's good to have them appearing once again."
There is some irony in the fact that Benson, the creator of everything from plays to sober biographies, is best remembered for his series of "Lucia" novels, delicious satires of the pretensions and foibles of provincial middle-class life in Britain in the 1920s and '40s. Read full book review >

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FINE FEATHERS by E.F. Benson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"A perfect bedside book—guaranteed to send you off to sleep with a malicious smile on your lips."
A companion volume to Desirable Residences (1991): 31 more stories, all but two previously uncollected, by Benson (1867-1940), the British social satirist and chronicler of Lucia and Miss Mapp. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"An uneven collection, then—but the half-dozen best of these will delight Lucia-lovers and other Tillingites."
Twenty-eight stories and sketches (1896-1935) by the acid-tongued author of the peerless Lucia novels. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A detailed, well-researched book presented in a logical fashion—will appeal most to Pearl Harbor scholars and those interested in submarine warfare."
The story of the first ship sunk by a Japanese submarine that demonstrates the careful planning and remarkable success of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"A worthy sortie that explores a curtain-closing moment in history that might have gone very badly indeed."
The surrender that almost wasn't: an illuminating study of the last moments of World War II. Read full book review >