Search Results: "Frederic Spotts"


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NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1994

"An important, elegantly written, deeply engrossing cultural history of this unique (and uniquely strange) cultural institution."
A smart, splendid account of the world's most famous—and quirkiest—serious music festival. Read full book review >

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HITLER AND THE POWER OF AESTHETICS by Frederic Spotts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2003

"An illuminating view of the Führer's nature and aims, well defended and very well illustrated."
Former American diplomat and cultural historian Spotts takes seriously Adolf Hitler's claim that he made an art of politics and a work of art of the Nazi state. Read full book review >

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THE PARISIAN WORLDS OF FREDERIC CHOPIN by William G. Atwood
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"For lovers of the city as well as fans of Chopin, the countless scenes of the Parisian world—with their photographic clarity and robust characterizations—offer a delightful flashback to a time long gone but well-remembered. (151 illus.)"
"An artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris": Nietzsche's maxim could well serve as the epigraph to this scintillating biography of Chopin and his life in the French capital, in which Atwood depicts the joys of the city in as roseate a light as his hero's talents. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY WALTZ by Frederic Morton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2005

"Genuinely sentimental and stimulating on a generation's family values."
Essays on the stages of his life—boyhood in Vienna, the deracination of flight from Nazism, the trials of assimilation in New York—from one of the renowned practitioners of the form. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2012

"Raphael is imposingly erudite and at pains to demonstrate it, yet there is a remarkable clarity to the writing, many elegant turns of phrase and a measure of sly humor."
Novelist, screenwriter and biographer Raphael (Ifs and Buts, 2011, etc.) succeeds admirably in recovering the reputation of much-maligned historian Titus Flavius Josephus (37-100). Read full book review >

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MY LIFE AS A MAN by Frederic Lindsay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 14, 2009

"Despite an unexpected romantic twist, the scariest coming-of-age story you're likely to read. Lindsay, a Scot who's published more than ten novels (Tremor of Demons, 2007, etc.), will scare the bejesus out of you."
When you're young, you make a lot of mistakes. Some of them lead to love, some to murder. Read full book review >

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TINTIN IN THE NEW WORLD by Frederic Tuten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 1993

"But, alas, he does, and the reader must suffer through his arch prose, with its pretentiously elevated diction."
Like Tallien (1988), etc., Tuten's latest is conceptually interesting and quite the rage—a post-mod mix of high and low culture. Read full book review >

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VAN GOGH'S BAD CAFê by Frederic Tuten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"The New York scene, though, is far less compelling, leaving a mismatch in intensity that's hard to overlook, no matter how much one might want to."
Again blurring the lines between past and present, fact and fancy, Tuten (Tintin in the New World, 1993, etc.) reconfigures his familiar theme of love's totemic urgency, here pitting the needs of Vincent van Gogh against those of a late-20th-century rival in Manhattan's East Village. Read full book review >

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LOVE IN THE TIME OF APARTHEID by Frederic Hunter
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"Austere and well-told; an unlikely mix of espionage, apartheid, and love on the run."
A quasi-political thriller and love story set in 1960s Africa. Read full book review >