Search Results: "Laurence Bergreen"


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CASANOVA by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Casanova's adventures include plenty of juicy details, and Bergreen weaves in just enough to prove his reputation. His travels during one of history's most exciting periods will be great fun for any history lover."
Bergreen (Columbus: The Four Voyages, 2011, etc.) applies his historical storytelling skills to the famous Venetian lover, introducing his intellectual side. Read full book review >

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MAGELLAN by Laurence Bergreen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 2017

"An engrossing, dramatic account of courage and tragedy from the Age of Discovery. (maps, charts, source notes, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Bergreen ably adapts his book for adults Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe (2003) into a gripping and harrowing true adventure story for young readers. Read full book review >

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CAPONE by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

``I have never before written about someone who differed so sharply from his reputation as Al Capone,'' concludes Bergreen (As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, 1990, etc.) in this shallow life of Public Enemy No. 1. Read full book review >

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COLUMBUS by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"A well-researched but disappointingly delivered biography of a monumental figure."
Christopher Columbus—heroic explorer or genocidal plunderer? Bergreen (Marco Polo: From Venice to Xanadu, 2008, etc.) says he was both, and more. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A solid work of science journalism."
Did Mars once have an ocean? Read full book review >

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LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1997

"The presence of Armstrong's unique voice turns what might have otherwise been a routine biography into a grand success. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This look at the life of one of this century's great personalities eschews meticulousness in its musical analysis in favor of a complete look at the man himself. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2003

"Very nicely written through and through, and a pleasure for students of world exploration."
A vivid account of Magellan's star-crossed voyage around the world nearly five centuries ago. Read full book review >

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LAURENCE OLIVIER by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 1992

"Sure to be read for the gossip, and worth skimming for curious bits of interview material, but—with its flat delivery and spotty documentation—an only so-so addition to the crowded Olivier reference room. (More than 75 halftones—not seen.)"
Despite having conducted dozens of interviews with those who knew Olivier, Spoto (author of biographies of Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, and others) offers little important new material—and few fresh insights—in this long, uninspired biography. Read full book review >

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MY FATHER LAURENCE OLIVIER by Tarquin Olivier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"Choice all the way and filled with unpublished letters from Larry to Tarquin, Jill, and others that reveal a charming but guilt-ridden Olivier."
Tarquin Olivier's second book, first published in Great Britain, follows his The Eye of the Day (1964—not reviewed). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"An engrossing portrait of an emblematic Victorian."
A rollicking biography of a classic 19th-century figure, featuring imperial adventure, high diplomacy, literary fame, and an eccentric cult focused on bizarrely sublimated sexuality. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A celebration for families of all sizes and configurations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Catherine And Laurence Anholt's Big Book Of Families (32 pp.; $16.99; Nov.; 0-7636-0323-6): Bursting with the boisterous business of family life, this volume from the Anholts is "big" on activity. Read full book review >