Search Results: "John Freely"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"The first biography of Mehmet in decades finds the sultan a brilliant but elusive subject."
Turkey expert Freely (History/Univ. of the Bosphorus; Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) delivers an oblique portrait of the Ottoman ruler who considered himself another Alexander the Great. Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF MEMORY by John Freely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A text that will appeal to those fond of memoirs about coming of age in the Depression and World War II."
The nonagenarian author of scores of books about travel and history returns with a memoir about his boyhood, youth, and World War II. Read full book review >

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SPEAKING FREELY by Robert L. Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A well-written book for lovers of book publishing and supporters of human rights."
Former Random House President Bernstein gives a fascinating history of publishing in the 20th century and traces the beginnings of the human rights movement. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2005

"Complex yet lucidly conveyed points of constitutional interpretation, never bogged in jargon."
An up-close-and-personal account of the last 50 years in First Amendment law. Read full book review >

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SPEAKING FREELY by Nat Hentoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Perhaps Hentoff understood that, as interesting as his life may have been, the world needs ideas expressed clearly more than it needs another memoir."
Memos packaged as a memoir from Village Voice and Washington Post columnist Hentoff (Listen to the Stories, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"For specialists and students."
A history of science in the centuries before Copernicus, Galileo and Newton. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2009

"A chewy study of the preservation and transportation of classical Greek thought. See Jonathan Lyons' The House of Wisdom (2009) for a more accessible account of the Arab influence on Western civilization."
Freely (Storm on Horseback: The Seljuk Warriors of Turkey, 2008, etc.) profiles the various caliphates that fostered scholarship and scientific inquiry during Europe's Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2003

"Lacks critical perspective, but patient readers will be fascinated."
Physicist turned travel writer Freely (Inside the Seraglio, not reviewed) counts three decades spent tracking down a 17th-century rabbi who became one of the most curious figures in the history of Judaism. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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TO TELL THE TRUTH FREELY by Mia Bay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2009

"Bay's intelligent, hard-hitting study puts Wells' achievements in context and will certainly solidify the standing of this brave activist and writer."
Finely honed feminist biography of an impassioned crusader for civil rights in an era of vicious racial discrimination. Read full book review >

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RECKLESS by Hasan Ali Toptas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A postmodern Twilight Zone: dark, bizarre, and a bit pretentious."
The first of Toptas' novels to be translated into English introduces American readers to the noted Turkish writer's version of postmodern surrealism as it follows the dreamlike, dream-filled journeys of a Turkish soldier. Read full book review >