Search Results: "Francis Wheen"


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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 >

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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 >

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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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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 >

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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 >

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SILKS by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Despite Mason's avocation, the outsider's view of racing takes a back seat to the courtroom sequences. Partnering for the second time with his son, Francis produces a whodunit more accomplished than ever but less distinctive than the work that put him on the map."
What new angles on horse racing are left for veteran Francis (Dead Heat, 2007, etc.) to explore? His latest hero is a barrister who's also a passionate amateur steeplechase jockey. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 26, 1969

"Previously dubbed 'the man who didn't win the Grand National,' Mr. Francis may change his epitaph — to 'the bloke who writes those bloody good books."
The author has done supremely well in the mystery category with books like Flying Finish. Read full book review >

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FOR KICKS by Dick Francis
Released: March 10, 1965

"A photo finish for suspense and well up to this author's last— Nerve."
Daniel Roke is the sort of gentleman detective it would be nice to meet again and again and .. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Highly recommended."
The latest collection of essays by Davis (Outcats, 1990; The History of the Blues, 1995; etc.) finds this gifted jazz critic singing some blues of his own. Read full book review >

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WILD HORSES by Dick Francis
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Coming after the twin peaks of Driving Force (1992) and Decider (1993), this entry marks an off year for Francis and his many fans."
Stealing a few hours from Unstable Times, the horsey film he's directing in Newmarket, Thomas Lyon goes to visit his friend Valentine Clark, a blacksmith/columnist dying of cancer, and becomes the reluctant repository of Valentine's confession that he killed that Cornish boy and left the knife with Derry. Read full book review >

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HIGH STAKES by Dick Francis
Released: May 1, 1976

"No personal problems this time (Francis readers usually enjoy them)—just a straight run somewhere in the middle of the form which is authoritatively and exclusively his, hers and theirs."
Steven Scott, all-around success, a toymaker of considerable ingenuity, and a race horse owner on the side, hasn't noticed that he's been stolen blind by his trainer and a bookmaker until a brutal assault, which, along with alcohol dripped into his veins, leaves him doubly knocked out. Read full book review >