Search Results: "Irving Finkel"


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THE ARK BEFORE NOAH by Irving Finkel
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2014

"Under the tutelage of a clever scholar, a cuneiform tablet brings to life an ancient world and the genesis of a great biblical story."
The ubiquitous tale of the Great Flood was not new to the writers of Genesis. Finkel, the assistant keeper of ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and culture at the British Museum, offers some fresh particulars about the source of the biblical story. Read full book review >

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THE LIFEBOAT THAT SAVED THE WORLD by Irving Finkel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tale, worthy of retelling, that includes plenty of smoothly incorporated details of life in Mesopotamia. (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Many are familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. Finkel retells a much earlier ark tale, discovered in the cuneiform writing of the people of Mesopotamia. Read full book review >

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THE GOOD SOLDIERS by David Finkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2009

"A superb account of the burdens soldiers bear."
Did the much-vaunted surge of American troops in Iraq work? Yes, said George W. Bush. A soldierly response differed: "I've had enough of this bullshit." Read full book review >

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A real war story with a jarring but critical message for the American people."
Washington Post writer Finkel delivers one of the most morally responsible works of journalism to emerge from the post-9/11 era. Read full book review >

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TRUE STORY by Michael Finkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2005

"There's a morbid fascination in following Longo's descent, and Finkel (Alpine Circus, 1999) tells the tawdry tale in crisp journalist's prose. But the result leaves us feeling used, and certainly no better for having met either figure."
A disgraced New York Times reporter seeks out an accused murderer who'd been using the reporter's identity while evading U.S. authorities in Mexico. A marriage of convenience perhaps, but not one made in heaven. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A poignant memoir with a refreshing absence of melodrama or pomp."
An honest, awe-inspiring tale of bittersweet survival in the face of formidable odds. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"The more we know about the Ottomans, the more easily comprehensible the subsequent history of the region they ruled becomes. Finkel's study makes a useful contribution."
Readable survey of one of the world's great empires. Read full book review >

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GÖRING by David Irving
Released: March 23, 1989

British historian Irving (The Destruction of Dresden, The Trail of the Fox, Hitler's War, etc.) now undertakes a surprisingly rare—and baldly melodramatic—documentation of Hitler's number-two man, Reichsmarschal Hermann Goring. Read full book review >

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GOEBBELS by David Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 1996

"These twisted interpretations of the leader of the Third Reich and his crimes do not deserve to be called history. (Military History Book Club main selection)"
A ponderous, tedious, and scurrilously misleading biography of a major Nazi leader—by a fellow traveler, if not a card-carrying member, of the movement of Holocaust denial. Read full book review >

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IN ONE PERSON by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"Woody Allen's bon mot about bisexuality is that it doubled one's chances for a date, but in this novel Irving explores in his usual discursive style some of the more serious and exhaustive consequences of Allen's one-liner."
Billy Dean (aka Billy Abbott) has a difficult time holding it together in one person, for his bisexuality pulls him in (obviously) two different directions. Read full book review >