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 >

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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in the face. Take interest and ask questions. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, the author summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys. Read full book review >

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MARTIN AMIS by Richard Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Just serviceable. Readers interested in all things Amis will want to refer to the roman à clef The Information and anxiously await an autobiography."
Indifferently written bio of "the best prose stylist in English…in the closing decades of the last and the opening of this century." Read full book review >

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MARTIN BAUMAN; by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Nonetheless, the gossip value alone should make this Leavitt's most popular book. It's also his best since his early successes, Family Dancing (1984) and The Lost Language of Cranes (1986): a cri de coeur that's intelligent, funny, and genuinely revealing."
What might almost have been Leavitt's first novel is instead the presumably autobiographical stuff of his ambitious fifth: an alternately lighthearted and turgid chronicle of a young writer's pursuit of love and fame in the New York literary world of the early 1980s. Read full book review >