Search Results: "Fred Kaplan"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"And it's as a mirror—a very Jamesian one, with its center of consciousness and unobtrusive narrator—that this fine and readable biography functions. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Subtle, complex, elusive Henry James—a writer who saw life as a history of changing perceptions and changing masks—demands all the formidable scholarly skills and narrative art that Kaplan demonstrated in his biographies of two other monumental 19th- century figures, Charles Dickens (1988) and Thomas Carlyle (1983). Read full book review >

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IMAGINARY FRED by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Not the solidest piece in the looking-for-a-friend genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginary person has needs of his own. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2008

"A highly readable, often insightful analysis of an unequaled prose master for whom writing was 'the supreme artifact of human genius.'"
How the 16th president used—and transformed—the English language. Read full book review >

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JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A lofty work that may propel readers back to Quincy Adams' own ardent writings."
In this elegant study, Kaplan (Emeritus, English/Queens Coll.; Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer, 2008, etc.) portrays our sixth president as a deeply literary man, devout husband, orator, diplomat and teacher who had grand plans for the country's future, including the building of national infrastructure and the abolition of slavery. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A compelling story combined with thoughtful analysis of the development, application and limitations of a new model of applying American military power. EDITOR'S NOTE: This review was completed prior to the news of the Petraeus scandal."
How a group of farsighted Army officers gradually forced competence in fighting insurgents upon a hostile military establishment. Read full book review >

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THE SINGULAR MARK TWAIN by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"No real surprises here, but a welcome reminder of the contributions of a great American social critic."
An argument that the native adventurer and high Victorian author's life was not "twain," as it is sometimes presented, but unified by an unflagging belief in his own luck, a fierce social conscience, and a never-ending quest for money. Read full book review >

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LINCOLN AND THE ABOLITIONISTS by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"An eye-opening biography from a trusted source on the topic."
A fresh look at John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, abolitionism, and other related American history. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2016

"An important, disturbing, and gripping history arguing convincingly that, as of 2015, no defense exists against a resourceful cyberattack."
For centuries, spies could only listen to enemy communications. In this thoughtful, opinionated history, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist warns that in today's cyberage, "once they hacked a computer, they could prowl the entire network…they could not only read and download scads of information, they could change its contents—disrupt, corrupt, or erase it—and mislead or disorient the officials who relied on it." Read full book review >

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GORE VIDAL by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A rich chronicle of a celebrated career not yet in past tense. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Although Kaplan has declared, "I prefer my subjects dead," such as Dickens (1988) and Henry James (1992), he more than rises to the task in this lively biography of the prolific, controversial author. Read full book review >

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FRED & EDIE by Jill Dawson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A riveting story, not so much because of its tragic dimensions, but because of the remarkable degree to which Edie rises from the page to tell her tortured tale. Can the movie version, to be released here this year, compare?
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A third novel from British poet and editor Dawson (the YA How Do I Look, 1991, etc.), shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread and Orange Prizes and already a bestseller in the UK (30,000 copies thus far), works history and fiction seamlessly together in a complicated story of passion and murder that caused a sensation in England in 1922. Read full book review >

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FRED FORGETS by Jarvis
by Jarvis, illustrated by Jarvis
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"Humorous but mean-spirited, this story about clever mind control that is only stopped by brute force is an unnecessary addition to the picture-book shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
An impish monkey gets a comeuppance when pal Fred wakes up to some not-so-subtle mental bullying. Read full book review >

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LOLA AND FRED by Christoph “Pül” Heuer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2006

"A sequel is in the offing. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two earthbound buddies—a turtle and a frog, respectively—decide to take up flying in this wordless Swiss import. Read full book review >