Search Results: "Norman Gelb"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2008

"An interesting, approachable retelling of a well-established history."
A readable look at the rulers of the Jewish people, spanning more than a millennium. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 21, 1992

"Engaging and well-researched. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos and two maps—not seen.)"
For the 50th anniversary of one of WW II's pivotal campaigns, Gelb (Dunkirk, 1989, etc.) skillfully recounts the Allied invasion of North Africa, which—while itself of inherent strategic importance—became primarily significant as a testing ground for the fragile Anglo-American alliance. Read full book review >

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IKE AND MONTY by Norman Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1994

"Generals at War abounds with such telling anecdotes and also is given backbone by Gelb's (Desperate Venture, 1992) clear understanding of warfare and the politics of WW II. (26 b&w photos)"
This is a double portrait of the two very different personalities whose cooperation at the apex of the Allied military command in WW II had profound implications for the war effort. Read full book review >

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BY WOMEN POSSESSED by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Although the Gelbs deeply admire O'Neill's talents, they portray the same cruel and desperately unhappy man who emerges from many other biographies."
A biography of the playwright who was haunted by three wives and his mother. Read full book review >

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CITY ROOM by Arthur Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"The company line from a protective organization man: readers will learn little more than they would by reviewing the microfiche."
A loving, extremely guarded memoir of the author's 45 years with the New York Times, from durance vile to managing editor. Read full book review >

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FLESH & BLOOD by Max Allan Collins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Memo to next volume's contributors: Lust makes a great appetizer between the covers, but a more satisfying entrée between the sheets."
The concept must have seemed irresistible: Instead of using cats on vacation or Sherlock Holmes's Christmas to hang a collection of mysteries on, why not use something people are actually interested in reading about, like sweaty sex? Read full book review >

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If someone asked you to guess how many books have been written about Adolf Hitler or Germany’s World War II–era army, you might think, “Do I have to?” And you would be forgiven for reacting that way: even if you don’t know the number of books, you know the tally must be overwhelming (in fact, a cursory search on ...


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BOOK REVIEW

DECK THE HALLS by Norman Rockwell
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"Families will enjoy looking at Rockwell's work together for a glimpse of Christmases of yesteryear, and adult fans will find this a delightful holiday pleasure. (Picture book. 5-adult)"
Selected illustrations with Christmas or winter settings have been culled from Rockwell's extensive work and arranged in this volume to accompany the words to the traditional carol. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: July 1, 2002

"Useful for young readers beginning research on Civil War topics. (glossary, author's note, bibliography, maps, archival photographs, illustration and photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9+)"
This alphabetically arranged reference work on the Civil War is a handy guide. Read full book review >

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THE ISLES by Norman Davies
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"An exuberantly iconoclastic overturning of Albion's sacred cows that simultaneously enlarges our understanding of the past. (8 color and 25 b&w pp. of illustrations, 12 maps—not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
As the United Kingdom uncertainly faces integration with Europe abroad and devolution at home, historian Davies (History Emeritus/London Univ.; Europe: A History, not reviewed) delivers a narrative that is as opportune as it is ambitious and provocative. Read full book review >

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COMPULSORY HAPPINESS by Norman Manea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Shrewd social insights filtered through a coldly abstracting, largely negative gaze: food for thought, but many will find the taste an acquired one."
In four dark novellas (translated, inexplicably but with the author's blessing, from the French rather than the original Rumanian texts), Manea's absurdist, Kafkaesque sensibility (October, Eight O'Clock; On Clowns—both 1992) again lances and lacerates the cockeyed society of his homeland during the viciously repressive Ceauescu regime. Read full book review >

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BILLY IN LOVE by Norman Kotker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Another small gem from the estimable Kotker."
From the ever-appealing and underappreciated Kotker (Miss Rhode Island, 1978; Learning About God, 1988, etc.), a lightly rendered but unflinching tale of love—and its hazards—in the golden years of life. Read full book review >