Search Results: "Laurence Leamer"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2004

"Impeccable: Leamer never overreaches, delivering accessible and even insightful portraits of Camelot's sons. (Two 16-page b&w photo inserts, not seen)"
Unpretentious profiles of Joseph Kennedy's surviving sons and many grandsons in the post-JFK years. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2013

"An eye-opening story about the relations among politics, business and justice."
A well-constructed nonfiction legal thriller from prizewinning journalist Leamer (Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE KENNEDY MEN by Laurence Leamer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Historians will wince at some of the hyperbole and speculative conclusions, but Kennedy junkies will gobble it up."
First of a projected two volumes, pulling together in sometimes mind-numbing detail the lives of the men in a family that dominated the American imagination during the last half of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A professionally reported account, but it's difficult to imagine an audience other than those with a pre-existing personal interest in Palm Beach."
Gossipy, depressing chronicle of ossified Florida high society. Read full book review >

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FANTASTIC by Laurence Leamer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2005

"Fantastic? Hardly."
Skin-deep treatment of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's rise and rise. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"By ferreting out new sources and new material and putting the familiar tales into a broader social context, Leamer gives a clearer if not always brighter picture of what it means to be a Kennedy woman."
Another Kennedy family saga, this one focusing on the women, from Irish forebears to feminist Rory Kennedy, daughter of Robert and Ethel. Read full book review >

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The President's Butler by Laurence Leamer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A fictional dramatization of America's current presidential race, skillfully rendered."
A butler recounts his service to an egomaniacal businessman who runs for president. Read full book review >

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THE LYNCHING by Laurence Leamer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2016

"An engrossing true-crime narrative and a pertinent reminder of the consequences of organized hatred."
A powerful account of how a Ku Klux Klan-sanctioned lynching in Mobile, Alabama, paved the way for legal victories against such hate groups. Read full book review >

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THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH by Laurence Leamer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A disturbing, solid outing whose lessons will interest fans of all styles of pop music."
An exhaustive journey into the heart and cash-glutted soul of today's country-music scene that overturns many long-held perceptions about the field—and its fans. 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 >