Search Results: "James Lawrence Powell"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: April 1, 2005

"Powell warns at the outset that the canyon may be on naked display, but that doesn't mean it's not deeply complicated: as many theories litter its banks as rapids break its water. (Photographs, maps, diagrams)"
How did the Grand Canyon come about? Geologist Powell strives to give the latest accounting, but he's torn between addressing a popular audience and spinning out all the geological theories. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"Powell's overriding notion is undebatable: Chance happenings surely help shape our world, and serendipity—in available tools, say, or disciplinary cross-fertilization—fuels scientific advancement. (photos, not seen)"
"What killed the dinosaurs? At last the great mystery has been solved." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 2012

"Superior scholarship provides a sturdy foundation for a hefty narrative edifice that sometimes groans with the weight of detail."
Powell (American Civilization/Tulane Univ.; Troubled Memory: Anne Levy, the Holocaust, and David Duke's Louisiana, 2000, etc.) returns with a dense, complex history of a dense, complex settlement. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2010

"Still, the author provides a helpful chronicle of the traditions we hailed from and happily rebelled against."
A broad narrative history of British wealth and opulence since the Norman Conquest. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Solid enough, but cursory, providing little that cannot be found in standard histories."
A bloated commemoration of the Thin Red Line over centuries of valorous—and sometimes not-so-valorous—service to the Empire. Read full book review >

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EMPIRES IN THE SUN by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An often scintillating but flawed depiction of the European domination of Africa over more than a century."
A history of "the transformation of Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, when almost the entire continent became a part of Europe's global empires." Read full book review >

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THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A worthwhile if not particularly innovative study. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
A history of the British empire from its earliest swashbuckling days to the era of its maturity, when it buckled rather than swashed, by the biographer of Lawrence of Arabia (The Golden Warrior, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"A lesser but still magnificent Lawrence. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Revisionist bio that tries to shrink T.E. Lawrence down to his actual deeds. Read full book review >

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CHURCHILL AND EMPIRE by Lawrence James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2014

"Exciting but very specific, this work will appeal most to those already knowledgeable about the subjects and looking for fresh insights."
An intriguing new look into both imperialism and a fascinating historical figure. Read full book review >

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LAWRENCE MILLMAN
by Gregory McNamee

In the winter of 1941, nine members of an Inuit community in a remote corner of the Hudson Bay died at the hands of three neighbors, one of whom proclaimed himself to be Jesus Christ returning at the end of days. The victims were presumed to be safe harbors for the devil, and one of the killers, a teenage girl ...


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