Search Results: "Martin van Creveld"


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MARTIN VAN BUREN by Ted Widmer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2005

"Well written and sensible—especially when Widmer notes that 'it's antidemocratic to expect all of our leaders to be great.' Q.E.D."
Pity poor Martin Van Buren: reviled in life, ignored in death, undistinguished enough that biographers have had a hard time finding much to say about him. Until now. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"A perceptive study that affords a measure of cold comfort on the score of deterrence."
A somewhat reassuring audit of the residual threat posed by nuclear weapons, from a military analyst whose previous predictions have proved chillingly prescient. Read full book review >

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THE CULTURE OF WAR by Martin van Creveld
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Neither pro- nor anti-, the author treats war as a natural human activity and makes a good case in this well-delineated account of the traditions, rituals and laws that accompany it."
In a lengthy but never boring volume, prolific military historian van Creveld (History/Hebrew Univ.; The Changing Face of War: Lessons of Combat, from the Marne to Iraq, 2007, etc.) offers a rich, satisfying examination of the role war has played since the Stone Age. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF AIRPOWER by Martin van Creveld
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2011

"A polished, readable narrative by an expert."
An opinionated, technical survey of air warfare. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"A concise history by an author confident with his scope and authority—but beware that van Creveld has a considerable axe to grind."
An authoritative history, and glib patriotic defense, by a veteran historian of Israel. Read full book review >

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MORE ON WAR by Martin van Creveld
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Should appeal beyond the usual readership of military histories."
A definitive treatment of the theory and philosophy of war by a leading military historian. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Drawing extensively on Hebrew-language sources, this serves as a useful corrective to American worship of the IDF, though perhaps it's pitched too much the other way."
Van Creveld (History/Hebrew Univ.) offers a comprehensive account of the Israeli armed forces, tracing it back to its pre-state predecessors in the beginning of this century. Read full book review >

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Van Ripplewink by Paul Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2016

"A serious novel with an amusing premise."
Clayton (In the Shape of a Man, 2013, etc.) updates the story of Rip Van Winkle in this social novel.Read full book review >

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VAN JOHNSON by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"A perfectly pleasant double feature."
The Van Johnson Story. Starring . . . Van Johnson. 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 >

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DEAN MARTIN by Michael Freedland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"Dino light and lively; anyone seeking a probing look at the life of Dean Martin should look elsewhere—probably at Nick Tosches's Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams (1992)."
A biography of singer-actor Martin that has the pace, diffidence and depth of one of Martin's T.V. variety shows. Read full book review >

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MARTIN FROBISHER by James McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Intriguing if long-winded. (4 b&w maps and charts)"
The first major biography of the early English explorer since William McFee's widely purchased 1928 Life of Sir Martin Frobisher. Read full book review >