Search Results: "Norman F. Cantor"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

NATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
In the Venture series, a discussion of scientific dating, including the study of tree rings, strata, varves, carbon remains, thermoluminescence, space rocks, and radioactivity. Read full book review >

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THE LIFE OF GLASS by Jillian Cantor
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Feb. 1, 2010

"Melissa's first-person narrative rings true, and although the predictable conclusion will surprise no one, the meandering, slow-paced journey is pleasantly satisfying. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
High-school freshman Melissa's beloved father has recently died of cancer, leaving her struggling to find her way without his advice and learning how to come to terms with her grief without giving up her memories of him. Read full book review >

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MARGOT by Jillian Cantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Cantor diminishes Margot's spiritual identity crisis by introducing a predictable office romance plot."
Children's book author Cantor (The Life of Glass, 2010, etc.) shrinks her high concept—what if Anne Frank's sister Margot didn't die at Auschwitz but moved to Philadelphia under an assumed identity—to fit more predictable parameters of women's fiction. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"A vast and often entertaining look into one woman's Jewish-feminist midlife crisis."
A fairly good survey of the first 4,000 years of Judaism and the role patriarchy has played in it—also a thinly veiled harangue against everything that raises the author's ire about modern Jewish life. Read full book review >