Search Results: "Hugh Wilford"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Unlike Tim Weiner's brilliant Legacy of Ashes, whose litany of disastrous covert operations makes for painful reading, this superb account will provide CIA aficionados with some welcome comic relief."
By turns hilarious and horrifying, the story of the CIA's attempts to disseminate anticommunist propaganda through a variety of front organizations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A mostly insightful examination of these 'Mad Men on the Nile.'"
By turns admiring and critical play-by-play of CIA Arabists as they directed the Cold War's Middle East chessboard. Read full book review >

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HOME GROUND by Hugh Miller
Released: Jan. 10, 1990

Miller's third installment of the Megan Roberts story (following The District Nurse and Snow on the Wind) seems intent on proving that the ailments of people in rural Wales can be just as interesting as those of animals in Herriot's Yorkshire. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2006

"Near-perfect treatment of a fascinating, though esoteric subject."
Swashbuckling U.K. journalist Barnes displays his more cerebral chops in a far-reaching biography of the African captive who rose to Peter the Great's inner circle. Read full book review >

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PRESUMED DEAD by Hugh Holton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1994

"A mixture of a police story, a horror tale, and a romance that only occasionally falls short of its own ambitions. (Author tour)"
A macabre thriller about the underbelly of 1997 Chicago that plays with readers' notions of identity and social respectability. Read full book review >

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ORIGINAL COLOR by Hugh Kennedy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Now he's one to wait for."
A follow-up to 1993's endearing Everything Looks Impressive, with a whiplash funny sprint through the merciless memory of the late-1980s overstuffed art scene. Read full book review >

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Released: June 8, 2001

"Equally fascinating for its exploration of both the physical complexities of housebuilding and the theory and history that lie behind the ways homes are made."
An absorbing account of amateur builder Howard's construction of his family home. Read full book review >

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AN ECHO OF JUSTICE by Hugh Miller
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 25, 1991

"Miller (Home Ground, Snow on The Ground, etc.) has a nice eye for the gray area between justice and revenge, though his police officers divide too improbably into savage brutes and tenderhearted gents."
Rough justice among the British constabulary as compassionate Inspector Mike Fletcher sweats to save fugitive cop-killer Steve McMillan (what could have made this scared kid kick Sgt. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A novel, ingeniously executed approach to the inspiring man whose dollar-bill likeness is arguably the most reproduced painted image in history."
Art historian Howard (Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson, 2006, etc.) persuasively asserts the centrality of the first president to the first flowering of American painting. Read full book review >

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THE GUN SELLER by Hugh Laurie
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 6, 1997

"Still, every episode is awash with giggles, even if the whole production seems directed at audiences who think Get Smart would have worked better as a six-hour BBC series."
It's no surprise that this fey first novel from British TV comedian/writer Laurie (Jeeves and Wooster, etc.) should feature an updated Bertie Wooster pitched headlong into international intrigue, terrorism, and really embarrassing scrapes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Vividly told, full of striking detail, and utterly fascinating."
The shift from hunting to farming is a major watershed in human history. Here, an anthropologist describes the worldview of surviving hunting cultures. Read full book review >

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THE MERCY KILLER by Hugh Fleetwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Despicable Tom, though, may linger in your memory like a bad restaurant meal."
Euthanasia-minded terminal cancer patient meets disturbed young man who just might oblige—even if the patient changes his mind about getting killed—in this overdrawn page-turner from the prolific Fleetwood (The Past, 1987; Paradise, 1986; etc.). Read full book review >