Search Results: "Norman F. Cantor"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 31, 2005

"Well informed, chatty and opinionated."
Bestselling historian Cantor (Antiquity, 2003, etc.) provides a fantasy-free study of the richly gifted, seriously flawed Macedonian whose dozen years of military conquests yielded immortality. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Whether or not one agrees with Cantor's take on specifics, he persuasively argues that common law's roots are so deeply embedded in our culture that even a new Ice Age might not kill them."
A well-researched but deliberately conversational look at the ``social, political, and cultural factors'' behind the origins and development of common law. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"The lack of footnotes or other documentation is further evidence that this is an intellectually shoddy book. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Caveat emptor: This is most definitely not ``the history'' of the Jews. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"On balance, a vivid exercise in narrative that is more ideological than historical."
Using imaginary conversations, NYU professor Cantor (Inventing the Middle Ages, 1991, etc.) attempts to make medieval culture and society relevant for the modern reader. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2004

"An unconvincing, if energetic, plea for giving robber barons the benefit of realpolitik."
One historian's nomination of England's John of Gaunt (1340-99), Duke of Lancaster and father of King Henry IV, as both chivalry's last great practitioner and direct progenitor of the likes of Donald Trump. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2003

"A lifetime's worth of crib notes for late-blooming history buffs."
Unintimidating, adroitly structured grounding in the enduring legacies of ancient civilizations. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Engrossing, insightful, and bound to ruffle in its characterizations and its claim for the Middle Ages as central to the struggle to understand the spiritual and intellectual crises of our own age."
Tracing the ``quest'' for the Middle Ages, Cantor (History, Sociology, Comparative Lit./N.Y.U.; Perspectives on the European Past, 1971, etc.) has drafted a riveting chapter of 20th-century intellectual history. Read full book review >

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F by Daniel Kehlmann
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2014

"German writer Kehlmann (Fame, 2010, etc.) takes us on a strange and enigmatic journey here."
An elusive novel whose events remain cryptic and largely unexplained. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2000

"As such, this appealing biography will certainly meet and exceed the expectations of a burgeoning new audience for the artist's life and work. (Biography. 8-11)"
A handsome, well-designed book and a terrific, engaging read, this is an openly affectionate portrait of Rockwell as both the man and the artist. Read full book review >

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SERIOUSLY, NORMAN! by Chris Raschka
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Appealingly quirky and adventurous; a celebration of the power of self-directed learning and thinking outside the box. (Fiction. 10-13)"
A gently satirical and ultimately liberating look at modern education. Read full book review >