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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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

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

CHURCHILL AND THE JEWS by Martin Gilbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"Gilbert's deep, lifelong scholarship and knowledge of his subject lend his book both authority and accessibility."
British historian and Churchill biographer Gilbert (Kristallnacht: Prelude to Destruction, 2006, etc.) explores the great statesman's early, fervent support of Zionism and wartime pleas to save the Jews from Nazi persecution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KRISTALLNACHT by Martin Gilbert
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2006

"A well-written survey of a turning point in modern history."
Prolific WWII historian and Churchill biographer Gilbert (Churchill and America, 2005, etc.) analyzes the first coordinated, nationwide attack on Germany's Jews. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"The very best book for any Jew, or any human being, planning the same soul-searching trip. (52 photos, 53 maps, not seen)"
A travelogue, spanning two weeks, of the essential sites of the Holocaust, by the venerable historian and author of many books, including The Boys (p. 116), an oral history of concentration camp survivors. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"A uniquely effective addition to Holocaust literature. (40 b&w photos, 8 maps, not seen)"
A group memoir by younger Holocaust survivors, as assembled by one of the period's premier historians. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE FIRST WORLD WAR by Martin Gilbert
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"An incomparable record of how ordinary and extraordinary men and women endured the unendurable."
There may be no event in this century that has been more written about than the First World War. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >