Search Results: "Hugh Sebag-Montefiore"


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ENIGMA by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The Enigma story continues to enthrall and delight, even after 50 years and a few dozen accounts: don't miss this one. (photos, not seen)"
It wasn't only a crew of eccentric English mathematicians with brains the size of basketballs who cracked the Germans' Enigma code during WWII, but a whole cast of spies and soldiers as well, says journalist Sebag-Montefiore in this magnetic story of breaking the cipher. Read full book review >

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SOMME by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"A beautifully crafted, blow-by-blow account with deep insight into the lives of these diverse young men."
A painstaking chronological account of the hideously marred attack on the German entrenchments at the Somme, July-September 1916. Read full book review >

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YOUNG STALIN by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2007

"Essential to understanding one of the 20th century's premier monsters and the nation he wrought."
Joe Stalin, gang-banger. Read full book review >

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ONE NIGHT IN WINTER by Simon Sebag Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A kind of Virgin Suicides for the Soviet set, speaking to much that's dark in the human soul—but to what can redeem it, too."
British historian Montefiore turns in his second novel, a foreboding tale of Soviet Russia based on actual events. Read full book review >

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THE ROMANOVS by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A magisterial portrayal of these 'megalomaniacs, monsters and saints' as eminently human and fallible."
A lively work illustrating the personalities, sensuality, and steely wills of the long line of Russian rulers. Read full book review >

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JERUSALEM by Simon Sebag Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"An essential text, bathed in blood, lit with faint hope."
The sanguinary story of thousands of years of conflict in the home city of religions. Read full book review >

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STALIN by S. Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2004

"There is much news here (including the fate of Hitler's bones), and much to ponder. Altogether extraordinary, and required reading for anyone interested in world affairs."
A fascinating, superbly written study of the Red Emperor Josef Stalin, "an energetic and vainglorious melodramatist who was exceptional in every way." Read full book review >

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PRINCE OF PRINCES by S. Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"A landmark biography. Montefiore goes a long way toward rescuing Potemkin from his promiscuous action-figure reputation by justifiably rubbing a fair share of Catherine's greatness off onto, in Jeremy Bentham's words, the Prince of Princes."
A life of Prince Potemkin that starts out as an artful pot-boiler, then turns into a possessing diplomatic history of Potemkin's role in Russia's last great push for empire. Read full book review >

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RED HUGH by Deborah Lisson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"It's an adventuresome tale, but the author uses it to promote an ugly agenda. (Fiction. 11-13)"
Limey-haters worldwide will crow at this history-based tale of Irish defiance during the reign of that "howling old hag," that "harridan," that "old red hag of a queen," Elizabeth I. Kidnapped by deceitful British, young Hugh spends four long years as a prisoner in Dublin Castle, hearing news of one atrocity after another, beaten and scorned but triumphing in every verbal encounter with his prejudiced, stupid captors, all of whom dress in ridiculous clothes and practice a colorless, denatured religion. Read full book review >

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HUGH CAN DO by Jennifer Armstrong
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An attractive book that will be fun to share aloud. (Picture book. 4-9)"
In an original tale with a folkloric lilt, a persistent orphan in need of a toll for the bridge to what he hopes will be good fortune goes on an ``Old Woman and Her Pig''-style quest: the Toll Man requests a loaf of bread; the baker asks Hugh to get his grain ground; the miller needs his apron mended; and so forth. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good storytelling matched with appropriate historical skepticism—a useful model for examining other 10-gallon yarns of westward expansion."
An inadvertent American archetype comes in for thoughtful consideration in the hands of Coleman (History/Notre Dame Univ.; Vicious: Wolves and Men in America, 2004). Read full book review >