Search Results: "Martin Gilbert"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Not the definitive biography, then, and certainly not for casual G&S fans—but the most authoritative effort of its kind thus far, and, particularly considering the often-academic content, crisply readable. (16 pages b&w illustrations)"
Stedman, editor of a collection of Gilbert's non-G&S works (Gilbert Before Sullivan, 1967), now offers a solid, stylish, well- researched critical biography—which effectively emphasizes the Victorian-theater context of Gilbert's writings but fails to pay proper attention to his genius as a lyricist. Read full book review >

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JERUSALEM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Martin Gilbert
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 18, 1996

"Dung Gate and a Lions' Gate with which to enter this timeless city on its 3,000th anniversary. (photos and maps, not seen) (Author tour)"
This history is a monument to our capacity to create, and fight over, competing realities within the same space and time. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"Less memorable than other studies of the subject."
Sprawling study by noted English historian Gilbert (A History of the Twentieth Century, 1999, etc.) celebrates hundreds of men and women who saved Jewish lives during the years of the Shoah. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Sir Martin's gifts have always been those of a narrative historian, yet he has failed in this volume to provide an adequate understanding of the events he describes."
A thoroughly unsatisfactory conclusion to Sir Martin's ambitious but flawed history of the 20th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"But his skill in leavening grand strategy with individual experience and in illuminating the pathos of these events makes this a memorable achievement."
If the first volume of Gilbert's History of the Twentieth Century (1997) seemed tired, the second, covering the years up to and following the Second World War, reveal again his high quality as a narrative historian. Read full book review >

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ISRAEL by Martin Gilbert
Released: April 8, 1998

"A rich history with a progressive stance. (32 pages b&w photos, 43 maps, not seen)"
One of the first in a slew of books forthcoming to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel: a thorough and thoroughly entertaining history of that nation's first half century—from a Labor Party point of view. Read full book review >

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CHURCHILL AND AMERICA by Martin Gilbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"The ties that bind the two countries today are, at least in part, of Churchill's making."
Crusty old Tories long complained that Winston Churchill wasn't quite British. His official biographer shows that they were right. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

After writing more than 50 books, the eminent British historian, knighted in 1995, could be excused for feeling tired, and this first volume of his history of the 20th century shows it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1995

"Rich in incident and anecdote, but Gilbert turns over soil already so thoroughly mined that it is hard to find a nugget."
For all the drama inherent in the story of WW II's end, this is one of the noted British historian's least interesting books. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GILBERT THE HERO by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2011

"This fish story smells stale already. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Big brother shark thinks quickly and saves the day. Read full book review >

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GILBERT THE GREAT by Jane Clarke
ANIMALS
Released: June 5, 2005

"Youngsters will sympathize with Gilbert, and take comfort in the outcome of Clarke's sweet story, which she manages to tell with sensitivity and humor. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When his best friend Raymond moves away, Gilbert, a great white shark, is terribly sad. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A handsome addition to the author's tapestry of his Massachusetts purlieus, by now as closely observed as Gilbert White's Selborne. (Photos throughout)"
Another artful piece of creative nonfiction from Mitchell (Following the Sun, 2002, etc.) rediscovers the life of a multitalented African-American assistant. Read full book review >