Search Results: "John Cornwell"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"A lucid survey synthesizing a broad range of historical research."
A timely study of the world's first great scientific-military-industrial complex. Read full book review >

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SEMINARY BOY by John Cornwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2006

"Capably written, but cynical readers may raise an occasional eyebrow."
An English writer now in his 60s recalls his wild boyhood and his experiences in "minor seminary," a secondary school for boys preparing to become Roman Catholic priests. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Ecclesiastical reformers and liberal Catholics will find much of value in these pages, which are certain to earn Cornwell still more demerits from the Holy See."
A thoughtful account arguing that the Catholic Church has condemned itself to irrelevance and even extinction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Some nuggets here for philosophers of science, neuroscientists, mathematicians, and computer folks—but one wonders if maybe Cornwell didn't stack the deck a bit and if a different cast might have come up with a different consensus."
Erudite essays that explore the pros and cons of reductionism in science. Read full book review >

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THE DARK BOX by John Cornwell
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"Enlisting a legion of voices attesting to their 'soul murder' by confessional priests, Cornwell offers another strong indictment of the church."
A haunting study, both scholarly and personal, that situates the practice of confession as the source of the Catholic Church's clerical abuse. Read full book review >

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THE HIDING PLACES OF GOD by John Cornwell
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 1991

"An affecting personal spiritual memoir as well as a tantalizing tour through the miraculous, which reveals its mystery- -if not its secret—under Cornwell's fresh and compassionate gaze."
In his excellent A Thief in the Night (1989), Cornwell looked into rumors that Pope John Paul I had been murdered. Read full book review >

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WATERLOO by Bernard Cornwell
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2015

"Despite a little confusion regarding the movements of divisions and brigades, this is a fascinating, detailed, and generously illustrated description of the battle that changed the fate of 19th-century Europe."
In his first nonfiction book, acclaimed historical novelist Cornwell (The Empty Throne, 2015, etc.) employs his storytelling skills to bring military history out of the textbook.Read full book review >

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SHARPE'S COMPANY by Bernard Cornwell
Released: June 8, 1982

"Like previous installments: gory, lively, reasonably authentic."
Third novel in the Richard Sharpe saga of the Peninsular War, covering January through April 1812 and the siege of Badajoz. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1995

"This time, Sharpe's new print appearance coincides with Masterpiece Theatre's adaptation of three previous books in the series."
Despite clashes with his own superiors as well as with French foes, the durable British hero of Cornwell's splendid series (Sharpe's Devil, 1992, etc.) soldiers on during a bloody turning-point campaign in the Peninsular War. Read full book review >

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CAUSE OF DEATH by Patricia Cornwell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 1996

"It's only the sketchy, unbelievable villains who ring hollow. (First printing of 1,000,000; $750,000 ad/promo budget; Literary Guild main selection; Mystery Guild main selection)"
The fascination with monstrous evil that's run through Cornwell's recent work (From Potter's Field, 1995, etc.) blossoms with a vengeance when Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta is called out on New Year's Eve to examine the body of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter killed during an unauthorized dive in Norfolk's Inactive Naval Ship Yard. Read full book review >

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GALLOWS THIEF by Bernard Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2002

"Standard Cornwell, this time with enough effluvial smells to make a bloodhound hold its breath."
A washed-ashore Cape Codder for the past 20 years, Cornwell has published 18 Richard Sharpe British historicals about soldiering during the Napoleonic Wars (Sharpe's Triumph, 2002), nearly a dozen of which have been seen on PBS. Read full book review >

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WHAT I HAD BEFORE I HAD YOU by Sarah Cornwell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Grafting magical thinking onto gimlet-eyed acceptance, Cornwell's debut novel enchants."
The magic of madness or the sobriety of sanity—if you had to choose, could you? Read full book review >