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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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COUSIN IRV FROM MARS by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 4, 2013

"Clever, but the sophisticated humor seems aimed at older readers and adults. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Sometimes relatives are so weird that they seem to be from outer space. This one just happens to be from Mars. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

"Gourmet reading—rich in ideas, global references and amusing and provocative examples, served with great style."
The mother-son co-authors of Chances Are…: Adventures in Probability (2006) turn their considerable authorial skills and wit to human behavior, from our isolated cave-dwelling ancestors to today's globalized, interconnected world. Read full book review >

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SWASHBUCKLING SCOUNDRELS by Arie Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Broad of beam for being so shallow of draft but seaworthy for all its distinctly romanticized picture. (map, index, glossary, endnotes) (Nonfiction. 11-14)"
A slender but sweeping survey of piracy on the high seas: in real life, from ancient times to today; in legend and fiction, from Long John Silver to Capt. Jack Sparrow and Jacky Faber. Read full book review >

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HANCOCK PARK  by Isabel Kaplan
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"Neither light enough to live up to its Hollywood-style cover and flap copy nor serious enough to compete with the likes of more literary problem novels, this is a forgettable, superficial, all-around disappointment. (Fiction. YA)"
Despite her glitzy surroundings, Los Angeles junior Becky is plagued by troubles. Read full book review >