Search Results: "Ian Morris"


BOOK REVIEW

IAN FLEMING by Andrew Lycett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A solid scholarly biography with little to savor for general readers. Lycett's subject remains an aloof, disagreeable enigma."
An exhaustive and exhausting biography of Ian Fleming (1908-1964), the creator of secret agent James Bond. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN MORRIS by Nevil Shute
Released: Sept. 11, 1961

"Shute, in these early writings, shows a gift for combining his major factual interest with a sense of character, but the plot aspects seem somewhat immature, though the subject matter sustains the interest."
While posthumously published, Stephen Morris actually brings together two early, short novels, never before published. Read full book review >

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IAN PENNEY'S ABC by Ian Penney
ABC BOOKS
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Elegant and illuminating. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Each page of Penney's alphabet resembles a piece of stained glass, not in the precious sense, but in its composition and light. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"A well-crafted labor of love, MacCarthy's biography chronicles the epic works of a man who inspired both Shaw and Yeats and continues to inspire today."
Morris's life of Pre-Raphaelite/Nordic poetry, medievalist arts and crafts, and socialist politics always makes for a readably overstuffed biography, and MacCarthy (Eric Gill, 1989, etc.) addresses each area knowledgeably and stays sympathetic to her hero. Read full book review >

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FORAGERS, FARMERS, AND FOSSIL FUELS by Ian Morris
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2015

"In the hands of this talented writer and thinker, this potentially dry material becomes an engaging intellectual adventure, fully accessible to the generalist, as it ranges across millennia and disciplines including classical history, sociology, and moral and political philosophy."
A provocative explanation for the evolution and divergence of ethical values. Read full book review >

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IAN IS SICK  by Pauline Oud
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"Ian isn't well, and his book isn't so great either. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Some TLC and a play date help a sick little boy get better. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2014

"A disturbing, transformative text that veers toward essential reading."
A profoundly uncomfortable but provocative argument that "productive war" promotes greater safety, a decrease in violence and economic growth. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"A superior contribution to the grand-theory-of-human-history genre."
A formidable, richly engrossing effort to determine why Western institutions dominate the world. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2007

A true story, aside from snatches of invented dialogue, this account centers on a young blind man's determination to become less dependent on the whims and charity of others. Read full book review >

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MORRIS THE ARTIST by Lore Segal
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2003

"A fascinating debut. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Morris is an artist; he doesn't want to attend Benjamin's birthday party, but his mother insists. Read full book review >

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MORRIS MOLE by Dan Yaccarino
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 2, 2017

"Plot holes may mar the story a bit, but there's plenty to dig anyway. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Morris strikes out on his own in this story about an anthropomorphic, iconoclast mole. Read full book review >