Search Results: "John Keay"


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MIDNIGHT'S DESCENDANTS by John Keay
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 2014

"An insightful, entirely engrossing account of a dysfunctional region that may or may not pull itself together."
Five independent nations emerged from the 1947 partition of British India, but they have yet to escape its dismal influence, writes prolific British journalist Keay (India: A History, 2008, etc.) in this vivid, thoughtful and not terribly optimistic history. Read full book review >

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INDIA by John Keay
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Without peer among general studies, a history that is intelligent, incisive, and eminently readable. (60 maps, tables, and charts; 32 pages b&w photos) (First printing of 25,000)"
A superb one-volume history of a land that defies reduction into simple narrative. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1994

"A notable achievement."
From a British specialist in Asian affairs, this is comprehensive, fact-choked history of the Engish East India Company, which went to India to trade and founded an empire—the British Raj. Read full book review >

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THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF EXPLORERS by John Keay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Nothing new to fans of the genre, but a rich and entertaining miscellany."
Forty-two selections penned by the explorers themselves make a fat but engaging compendium. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

A technically dense but readable and ultimately fascinating account of the star-crossed Great Indian Arc mapping project, which consumed 50 years and scores of lives in a quintessentially British attempt to survey the Indian subcontinent—a tale that offers wry insights regarding imperialism and scientific caprice. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Would things have been different had the region been left alone? Perhaps, Keay suggests. As it is, the seeds of the current Middle Eastern mess are many—and many of them transplanted from far away."
A sturdy look at the events that shaped the modern Middle East—mostly for the worse. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 1997

"An estimable and literate briefing on a once-captive area that promises to play an important role in the Global Village's socioeconomic future. (16 pages b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
An absorbing, anecdotal overview of the West's protracted imperial involvement in the Pacific Basin, which will end when Great Britain quits Hong Kong at midyear 1997. 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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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN HUSTON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"The author is perhaps a bit overly enamored with his magnificent monster of a subject (and indulges a weakness for strained puns and clumsy humor), but this biography is a serious, intelligent, highly readable reckoning with Huston's outsize legacy."
A richly flavorful biography of John Huston, great director and bona fide man's man. Read full book review >

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JOHN BROWN by John Hendrix
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Not a story for the younger set, but an important view of one of the most controversial men in American history. (author's note, sources, index) (Informational picture book. 8-12)"
John Brown, with a makeshift flag in one hand and a tiny African-American tot cradled in the other, stands heroically on the jacket of this handsome picture-book biography. Read full book review >