Search Results: "Paul Johnson"


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THE RENAISSANCE by Paul Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2000

"Respectful but not overawed, a look at the Renaissance that will energize general readers to revisit and re-evaluate Renaissance art and architecture."
If it's Thursday, this must be Michelangelo—a stimulating and sophisticated, if rapid, tour of the Italian Renaissance (with the emphasis on the visual arts in the 15th and 16th centuries). Read full book review >

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CHURCHILL by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"Personal reflections meet large-scale history, most satisfyingly."
A slender volume on that most unslender of subjects, Winston Churchill. Read full book review >

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STALIN by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Whether the book can remedy that situation is unknown, as well, but as informed opinion, it's very satisfying."
Slender character study of "one of the outstanding monsters civilization has yet produced." Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE by Paul Johnson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Nonetheless, Johnson tries to do too much here, and the overall result is as much of a labor to read as it must have been to write."
From veteran British popular historian Johnson, an overly exhaustive account of the vigorous and violent growth of several small British colonies into the modern American nation. Read full book review >

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DARWIN by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"A probing, well-written overview of Darwin's impact."
A provocative short biography of one of the most influential scientists of all time. Read full book review >

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ELIZABETH I by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1974

"Totally involving biography, perhaps even touched with relevance for our own era of crisis in world leadership."
This in-depth portrait of English history's consummate stateswoman — her "Justice, temper, magnanimity, judgment" (the queen's own assessment of what best fitted a monarch) — focuses on politics rather than the cult of personality. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"The author's vast stores of scholarship and reading keep this jaunty trek from becoming corny."
In a companion volume to Creators: From Chaucer and Durer to Picasso and Disney (2006), prolific English historian Johnson offers a highly idiosyncratic selection of his favorite extraordinary mortals, male and female. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1991

"Maddeningly long and highly opinionated, but a lively and readable history of a world 'exhilarated and sometimes bewildered by the rapid changes which were transforming it."
A gargantuan panorama of the 15 transforming years immediately after the Napoleonic era, when "peace came and immense new resources in finance, management, science and technology which were now available could be put to constructive purposes." Read full book review >

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NAPOLEON by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2002

"Despite an evident distaste for his subject, Johnson's sharp-edged view of Napoleon is well supported, and well worth considering."
The glory of France and the erstwhile Whig hero comes up short in this biography by a historian of decidedly Tory bent. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1983

"Cankerous."
The British author of Enemies of Society (1977), a diatribe against Freudianism and Marxism, has cast his likes and dislikes in a historical narrative. Read full book review >

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MOZART by Paul Johnson
Released: Nov. 18, 2013

"A hard-sell hagiography but also a compact and knowledgeable portrait of genius."
An impassioned mash note to an immeasurable artist. Read full book review >

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ART by Paul Johnson
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Unorthodox, and definitely not for beginners, but a delightful exercise for the educated consumer."
Unapologetically opinionated, slightly Anglocentric narrative from respected popular historian Johnson (A History of the American People, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >