Search Results: "Francis Wheen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"'Where can we look for assurance that it's still the same reliably inevitable old world we loved to hate?' asked Russell Baker. Look no further."
In his controlled pyrotechnic against idiocy, Wheen (Karl Marx, 2001) trots forth its champions, from Deepak Chopra to Thomas Friedman, and douses them with flammable liquid. Read full book review >

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STRANGE DAYS INDEED by Francis Wheen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2010

"Literate, authentic to period detail and often entertaining—a sight more interesting than David Frum's How We Got Here (2000) and other historical treatments of a soul-testing decade."
The '70s was an odd decade, writes political historian and Private Eye deputy editor Wheen (Marx's Das Kapital: A Biography, 2007, etc.). People didn't even have cell phones. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2005

"A brief history, sad and dismal, of a dishonest cross-dresser who achieved a bit of fleeting notoriety."
Wheen (Idiot Proof, 2004, etc.) investigates the life of Dr. Charlotte Bach, whom a coterie of learned Londoners took, for a while at least, to have outsmarted Darwin and Freud. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KARL MARX by Francis Wheen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Respectful yet non-hagiographic, Wheen's life of Marx deserves a wide readership."
Superb life of the thinker who, for better or worse, molded the 20th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARX’S DAS KAPITAL by Francis Wheen
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A welcome, brief study of the making of a not so necessarily massive tome."
Marx's text altered the course of history; even today, it finds readers. As Wheen (The Irresistible Con: The Bizarre Life of a Fraudulent Genius, 2005, etc.) notes, quoting a Wall Street banker, "There is a Nobel Prize out there for an economist who resurrects Marx and puts it into a coherent theory." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCIS DRAKE by John Cummins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1996

"A scholarly but basically laudatory picture, nicely timed for the fourth centenary of Drake's death next year."
A graphic account of the man who, among other swashbuckling exploits, was the first to sail around the world and was largely responsible for saving England from invasion by the Spanish Armada. Read full book review >

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FRANCIS BACON by Michael Peppiatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"Peppiatt stalks and bags elusive prey: a better understanding of a disturbing body of work created by a man who lived inscrutably, in purposeful chaos. (illustrations, not seen)"
In his time, the late Francis Bacon was regarded both as England's ``most important living painter'' and as a ``cheap sensationalist.'' This excellent biography reveals a dramatic self- mythologizer who painted brilliantly enough to realize his self- cast, epic-tragic role. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

POPE FRANCIS by Beatrice Gormley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A serviceable biography that will serve the student who chooses Pope Francis as a subject well. (timeline, sources, photos) (Biography. 10-14)"
Pope Francis' life story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT FRANCIS by Brian Wildsmith
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"But the gilt-edged, stained- glass beauty of the pages is oddly out of keeping with the saint who called himself il poverello; the warm, down-to-earth humanity of Lewin's paintings suits his story better. (Picture book. 6+)"
An estimable work with two formidable competitors: Tomie dePaola's Francis: The Poor Man of Assisi (1982) and Margaret Hodges's Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts (1991), illustrated by Ted Lewin. ``The Canticle of Brother Sun'' opens the book, and a recapitulation of the facts of Francis's life, with dates, closes it. Read full book review >

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POPE FRANCIS by Paul Vallely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Discovering a pope with a controversial past and a revolutionary style of leadership in the present, Vallely provides a highly worthwhile resource for Catholics and non-Catholics alike."
An exhaustive look at the newest pope. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FRANCIS CRICK by Matt Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"A well-written addition to the publisher's 'Eminent Lives' series."
Short biography of a giant in molecular biology. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"As Spadaro writes, Pope Francis understands that 'One must not complicate God, especially if this complication distances God from the people.' People's Pope indeed. (Religion. 4-12)"
The People's Pope shows that he is a down-to-earth man who understands both religion and children. Read full book review >