Search Results: "John Keay"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAST ROYAL REBEL by Anna Keay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A lively and probably definitive biography of an ill-fated Restoration notable."
Charles II sired 14 bastards but loved his first, James, most of all. Unfortunately, only legitimate children could inherit the throne. Read full book review >

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CARL SAGAN by Keay Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1999

"A smoothly written, sometimes critical look at a leading scientific figure of our time."
Another bio of the flamboyant astronomer and creator of Cosmos (see William Poundstone, p. 1391), from a veteran science writer (coauthor with George Smoot of Wrinkles in Time, 1993). Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH II by Douglas Keay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1992

"More anecdotal than analytical, and written in less-than- sparkling prose: for hard-core royalty fans only. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
In a biography written to mark the 40th anniversary of Elizabeth II's accession to the throne, British journalist Keay tells you all you can want to know about the monarch without offering any illuminating insights of his own. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO, NO, BUNNY by Pamela Kennedy
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"A cute morality tale that may be especially appealing for Christian households. (Board book. 2-3)"
Little Bunny dabbles in petty larceny. Read full book review >

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THE LITTLEST LEVINE by Sandy Lanton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"This should be inspirational to little tykes who are expected to carry on with the tradition and need to understand their larger role in the Seder ceremony. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-6)"
For little Hannah, being the youngest in the family is a vexing issue—until it is time for the Passover Seder, and one special honor is given only to her. Read full book review >