Search Results: "John Lukacs"


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A THREAD OF YEARS by John Lukacs
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Lukacs has given us some exotic ruminations that are not quite history, not quite fiction, together with many debatable observations, amounting in all to an often tedious literary exercise."
In a series of 69 brief "vignettes," which portray events in the life and milieu of a fictitious individual from Philadelphia, prolific historian Lukacs (The Hitler of History, 1997, etc.) seeks to portray the decline of the once-regnant Anglo-American civilization and "the ideal of the gentleman." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1993

"A fin de siäcle appreciation that, for all its idiosyncratic analyses, affords much insight."
A potpourri of pronouncements on latter-day America and Europe from a commentator who's at pains to stress: ``I am a historian, not a prophet.'' Commingling entries from a journal kept during trips to and from the Continent in recent years, Hungarian emigrÇ Lukacs (The Duel, 1991; Confessions of an Original Sinner, 1990, etc.) offers provocative perspectives on the West's past as well as present. Read full book review >

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by John Lukacs
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A masterpiece of concision and a marvel of clear, controlled prose, a quality lacking in much academic writing."
Compressed history as sharp and provocative as it is short. Read full book review >

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THE HITLER OF HISTORY by John Lukacs
Released: Sept. 24, 1997

"A valuable contribution that will continue to remind us how central Hitler was to the history of the 20th century. (History Book Club selection)"
A unique study of Hitler through his many biographers. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"Potent, absorbing reflections on past and present."
In a group of atmospheric essays written over a 40-year span, the eminent historian (The End of the Twentieth Century, 1992, etc.) reflects eloquently on his ``brushes with history'' in Europe and America. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 28, 1990

In this beautifully written narrative history, Hungarian-born historian Lukacs (Confessions of an Original Sinner, 1989, etc.) follows the momentous 80 days when Hitler seemed on the verge of absolute victory in Europe, and Britain on the edge of extinction. 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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NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2010

"A fast-moving, real-life escape story, and an unexpected chronicle of a fight against censorship."
Sports and military historian Lukacs tells the story of the only successful escape of a group of POWs from a Japanese prison camp during World War II. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"A simple but illuminating exposition."
By distinguished diplomat and Cold War policy architect Kennan (At the Century's Ending, 1996, etc.) with some input from historian Lukacs (The End of the Twentieth Century, 1993), some brief ruminations on the evolution of America's containment policy in the early years of the Cold War. 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 >

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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 >