Search Results: "Hugh Thomas"


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ADVENTURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

"The end result ought to be risible, but Jarvis pulls it off, to stunning effect. (Horror. 10-14)"
A rousing tale of horror and heroism, this last prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy stands well alone, as the doughty shipmouse Thomas Triton at last reveals his tragic past. 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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WORLD WITHOUT END by Hugh Thomas
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A sweeping, encyclopedic history of the arrogance, ambition, and ideology that fueled the quest for empire."
A celebration of Spain's prowess and reach. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 1994

"Occasionally overdetailed, but, still, a grand, interpretive retelling of an epic chapter in the westward course of empire—with considerable appeal for lay-readers as well as scholars."
For either longterm consequences or immediate drama, there are few conflicts in history to rival that between Montezuma and Hernan Cortes. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Revisionist'' history without the proof; a story as entertaining, and as solid, as the supermarket tabloids. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sensational reinterpretation of the evidence surrounding the death of Adolf Hitler. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Provides much to reflect on today its discussion about the political and military quest for control and dominance of raw materials."
A densely packed narrative of the reign of Emperor Charles V, with emphasis on the conquest of those parts of Latin America allotted to Spain in the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494). This is the second volume in a projected trilogy, following Rivers of Gold (2005). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Worth reading, but only with your willing suspension of disbelief fully engaged."
A strange foray into the history of the Third Reich that posits skullduggery and conspiracy in the matter of the SS leader's celebrated suicide. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2004

"A nuanced and much-needed survey of a critically important episode in world history."
A sterling account of Spain's creation of a vast empire, one that "lasted more than three hundred years, more than the British, the French, the Dutch, or the Russian equivalents." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Grim but consistently gripping history, told with clarity and a meticulous attention to detail, this is likely to become the standard reference on the economics of the slave trade."
A masterful survey of the origins, development, nature, and decline of the trade in African men, women, and children, drawing heavily on original sources. 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 >