Search Results: "Martin Meredith"


BOOK REVIEW

MEREDITH by Louise Kilby Fesperman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"An uneven but often affecting homage to vanished idylls."
A woman fondly recalls her youth during the Depression, World War II and the postwar era. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"The author does a superb job of describing the nuts-and-bolts of field research, the meaning of the often headline-producing findings and the ever-changing variety of species who split off from the common ancestors of chimpanzees and hominids."
An appealing account of human evolution and the fiercely competitive anthropologists who are unearthing our ancestors' remains and arguing over what they mean. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2005

"Sharp-edged, politically astute and pessimistic: a good complement to John Reader's Africa: A Biography of the Continent (1999)."
Africa has been largely free for half a century, and the resources many of its nations contain are ever more precious. Yet, writes long-time Africa observer Meredith (Elephant Destiny: Biography of an Endangered Species in Africa, 2003, etc.), "Africa's prospects are bleaker than ever before." Read full book review >

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THE FORTUNES OF AFRICA by Martin Meredith
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"A useful study, though less interesting than John Reader's Africa: A Biography of the Continent (1998)."
Broad-ranging history of Africa from the age of the pharaohs to the present, with a solid emphasis on economics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"Serviceable, though nothing new. (8 pages b&w photos, 32 illustrations)"
A compilation of thoughts, facts, and literature on the African elephant, from a former journalist and scholar who has written extensively about the continent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A timely, persuasive primer on how best to punish, and perhaps prevent, gross violations of human rights. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A judicious appraisal of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"No stone is left unturned in this dynamic analysis of an intriguing period in African history."
The unruly formation of South Africa, set to a backdrop of war over the country's invaluable resources. Read full book review >

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NELSON MANDELA by Martin Meredith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 1998

"Not only a moving record of a man whose courage and conviction was so splendidly vindicated by events, but an exemplary work of biography: instructive, illuminating, as well as felicitously written. (b&w illustrations)"
A new, comprehensive biography of South Africa's leader achieves that rare distinction of making both the man and his times come vibrantly alive in a work that is notably incisive and perceptive. Read full book review >

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MEREDITH, THE WITCH WHO WASN'T by Dorothea Lachner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"It's a point delivered with a light touch, ably crafted and colored in Unzner's exuberant paintings. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Meredith is a witch, but she avoids the usual witchy trappings and doesn't really like magic, so her spells suffer. Read full book review >

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MARTIN RISING by Andrea Davis Pinkney
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Spiritually vital. (author's and illustrator's notes, history, timeline, bibliography) (Poetry. 8-adult)"
The multiaward-winning Pinkneys' requiem lovingly explains in a set of "docu-poems" the events surrounding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, particularly the Memphis sanitation workers' strikes that brought him to the city where he eventually died. Read full book review >

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MARTIN LUTHER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther."
A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader. Read full book review >

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MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >