Search Results: "Niall Barr"


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EISENHOWER'S ARMIES by Niall Barr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A detailed, entertaining history of a successful, if bumpy, military alliance."
Anglo-American cooperation during World War II worked, more or less. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2005

"A useful study of the war in the desert, though meant for readers with some appreciation of strategy, logistics, and tactics."
A wide-ranging, technical analysis of the bitter campaign, throughout the second half of 1942, for dominion of Egypt. Read full book review >

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THE FALL OF LIGHT by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2002

"Utterly hokey, written in faux-shanachie prose ('His father had been hung for participating in plots treasonous and bloody') and freighted with symbolism (a twin brother becomes the father of twin daughters—twice!) that's heavier than soda bread."
A languid, quasi-epic account of one family's fortunes in Ireland and around the globe. Read full book review >

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Released: June 13, 2013

"The author's apocalypse will result from conservative bugaboos, and he delivers an entertaining, often convincing polemic."
As Oswald Spengler's massive 1918 classic Decline of the West approaches its 100th anniversary, announcements of the apocalypse continue to pour off the presses. Readers could do much worse than read this one from the prolific Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; Civilization: The West and the Rest, 2011). Read full book review >

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COLOSSUS by Niall Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 2004

"Prepare, then, for failure—and for agonizing years of involvement in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Liberia. Discomfiting, highly provocative reading, with ammunition for pro and con alike."
Is America ready to rule the world? Probably not. But, argues the author, it had better gear up to the task. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 2008

"A useful introduction to the world of drachmas, dinars and dollars."
From prolific historian Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; The War of the World, 2006, etc.), a sweeping survey of money and its many instruments. Read full book review >

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THE PITY OF WAR by Niall Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1999

"An important work of historical analysis. (16 pages b&w photos) (Author tour; radio satellite tour)"
As the 20th century draws to a close, Ferguson (Modem History/Oxford Univ.; The House of Rothschild, 1998) renders a brilliant reassessment of one of the century's most far-reaching and tragic wars, the First World War. Read full book review >

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CIVILIZATION by Niall Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"A richly informed, accessible history lesson."
Ever-nimble historian Ferguson (History/Harvard Univ.; The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, 2008, etc.) examines the factors that led to the rise of the West rather than the East. Read full book review >

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STUMP by Niall Griffiths
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2005

"Griffiths is best when he captures those small moments that punctuate the casual boredom of intermittently savage lives."
A downtrodden man with one arm is halfheartedly pursued by two equally hapless hit men, all in the semi-opaque but exuberant brogue the Welsh author (Kelly + Victor, 2003, etc.) is known for. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"A lucid, blood-soaked study that will give no comfort to those pining for peace in our time."
A sweeping, big-picture view of the bloodiest century in human history. Read full book review >

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THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS by Emily Barr
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 16, 2017

"An affecting portrayal of living with amnesia and discovering one's own agency. (Fiction. 14-18)"
A white British girl with anterograde amnesia travels to the Arctic to chase after a boy whose kiss has stayed in her memory when nothing else has. Read full book review >

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Expired Listings by D.M. Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A buoyant, commendable mystery that piles on red herrings with ferocity and glee."
In this debut thriller, a woman decides to look into the murders of fellow real estate brokers when it seems that someone's setting her up as a patsy. Read full book review >