Search Results: "Peter Watson"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Part insider's investigation and part true-crime tale, Watson's work is a timely, shocking, and compelling look at the seamy underside of the trade in art and artifacts. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An exposÇ of the Old Master laundering and antiquities smuggling that hide like pentimenti underneath the prestigious Sotheby's image—a story recently reported on 60 Minutes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2001

"Watson has achieved the near-impossible: a concise reference that is also intellectually compelling—and a fascinating read."
A smart, lively, and astoundingly comprehensive panorama of practically every major European and American intellectual movement of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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CONVERGENCE by Peter Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Those who reject the idea of convergence outright may not get far in this book, but readers with no objection to a sweeping, entirely fascinating history of science during the last 200 years will find an abundance of enlightening material."
The journalist and polymath delivers a delightful exploration of "the deepest idea in the universe." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2010

"A sprawling book, but with few wasted words—a welcome resource for students of modern history, literature and cultural studies."
Germany, said historian Norbert Elias, "cannot move ahead until a convincing explanation for the rise of Hitler has been given." British journalist and scholar Watson (Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud, 2005, etc.) offers several in this sweeping survey of German culture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 23, 1989

A generally engrossing study of Paolo Veronese's allegorical masterwork, "Wisdom and Strength," that traces the painting's peregrinations from its creation in 16th-century Venice to its current home in N.Y.C.'s Frick Museum. Read full book review >

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THE AGE OF ATHEISTS by Peter Watson
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An erudite opus demanding substantial patience, intelligence and education from its readers."
Journalist and intellectual historian Watson (The Great Divide: Nature and Human Nature in the Old World and the New, 2012, etc.) analyzes what people have done to supplant or supplement religion since Nietzsche declared the death of God in the late 19th century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2012

"Watson makes a fascinating case that while there may be a single human nature, long exposure to dissimilar landscapes, food, animals and climate created two unique approaches to this nature."
An ingenious work about the course of human history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Watson informs those who know nothing of art and money while asking questions that will rivet and provoke those in the thick of the trade. (Illustrations—52 pp.—not seen.)"
A probing, dazzling, character-and-fact-chocked panorama of the art market during the past century, by London Observer art-columnist Watson (Wisdom and Strength, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >

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PETER WATSON
by Gregory McNamee

Five hundred-odd years ago, in the time of Leonardo da Vinci, a scientist—a term then unknown—was a person of many parts, someone who might work in fields ranging from chemistry to botany, astronomy to metallurgy, to divine the hidden order of the universe.

Even as recently as the early Victorian idea, writes British science historian Peter Watson in his new ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE MARKET LADY AND THE MANGO TREE by Pete Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For both, a strong debut. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Sitting solid and capable amid her produce, ``Market Lady'' schemes: she'll capture the mangoes on the tree above her before they fall to the ground—where by custom they would be fair prey for the eager children flocking around her stall. Read full book review >

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A Window on the Door by James Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A haunting and beautiful tale of friendship, forgiveness, and forgetting."
Two men—a wayward teenager and a weathered priest—share their demons in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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STICK DOG DREAMS OF ICE CREAM by Tom Watson
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 19, 2015

"The single joke now in its fourth retelling is only for fans of the series…they may prefer squirrel watching to joining Stick Dog this time. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-10)"
Will Stick Dog and his buddies find a way to beat the heat? Read full book review >