Search Results: "Nina Burleigh"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"The dabbling Smithson isn't much of a rudder for a biography, and authorial enthusiasm never overcomes the handicap."
Amassed from scant source material, this inescapably forced attempt to make something of the life of the Smithsonian Institution's founder underscores the peculiar nature of the institution's origins. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Burleigh's propulsive narrative and the many unsettling aspects of the case make this a standout among recent true-crime titles."
Powerful assessment of a tragic crime and its disastrous aftermath. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"Timely, but disappointingly superficial."
A breathless account of the French invasion of Egypt in 1798. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"Another 'I Slept With JFK' scenario, disingenuously and pretentiously veiled as the story of a 'woman on a quest.' (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The most riveting personality in this thin biography by freelance writer Burleigh is not its murdered subject, Georgetown socialite Mary Meyer, but instead the lawyer who successfully defended the murder suspect. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

"A dramatic narrative, though its coverage of such a wide field makes it occasionally reductive."
People staff writer Burleigh (Mirage: Napoleon's Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt, 2007, etc.) digs into the burgeoning trade in fraudulent religious relics, warning readers not to be too trusting. Read full book review >

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PAUL CÉZANNE by Robert Burleigh
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2006

"An attractive, worthy contribution. (glossary, bibliography, author's note) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Both biography and art criticism, this exploration of Cézanne features well-reproduced paintings, mostly excellent design and text that's partly savvy and partly incomplete. Read full book review >

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IT'S FUNNY WHERE BEN'S TRAIN TAKES HIM by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1999

"Other children have taken similar journeys in many books, but the art provides an unusually clear evocation of the way imagination, anchored in reality, can bring the whole world right into the bedroom. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Pajama-clad Ben draws a train and steps on board, beginning a ride that takes him "Past green hills/Where horses browse,/An old farm house./A field of cows./And a whir and a whistle,/That seem to be saying,/To go anywhere/Is better than staying." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 2007

"A fine introduction to Napoleon and his times. (bibliography, picture credits) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
In his author's note, Burleigh discusses the fascinating unanswered questions about Napoleon, even after countless books and articles have been written about him. Read full book review >

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CHOCOLATE by Robert Burleigh
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A well-conceived and executed work on a subject of great interest. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Chocolate is more than just the favorite flavor of millions of people. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2011

"Sometimes difficult, but always discerning and immensely rewarding."
A British historian surveys the moral dimensions of signal moments of the 20th century's most destructive war. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2006

"A provocative reconsideration of early modern European history."
British historian Burleigh (The Third Reich, 2000) examines the rise of "the religion of politics," a cultural shift that gathered force in the late-18th century and paved the way for the omnipotent-state ideologies of the 20th. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2007

"Of a piece with Paul Johnson's Modern Times and other conservative-tending intellectual histories."
Mix monotheisms and mammon, and you have an unholy mess—and the present age. Read full book review >