Search Results: "Philip Freeman"


BOOK REVIEW

KING PHILIP by Esther Averill
Released: Oct. 18, 1950

"Mark this as a three star attraction — for school, regional interest and a swell story."
A thrilling and sincerely conceived story of the great chief of the Narragansett Indians who led a "rebellion" against the New England colonists in 1675. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SEARCHING FOR SAPPHO by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2016

"'I long for and seek after,' one fragment reads, serving well as an epigraph for this evocative book about a mysterious ancient literary figure."
From fragmentary sources, a classicist reconstructs the life and times of the poet Plato called the 10th Muse. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ST. PATRICK OF IRELAND by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2004

"A solid grounding to the saint's life that provides the footing necessary to explore more speculative works like, for example, E.A. Thompson's Who Was Saint Patrick? (1986)."
Freeman (Classics/Washington Univ.) sticks close to authenticated sources in this quick and rangy popular biography, which serves up a taste of life and times in Ireland and late-Roman Britain during the fifth century. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SACRIFICE by Philip Freeman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Despite Freeman's earnest enthusiasm for his subject, this sequel to St. Brigid's Bones (2014) works marginally better as a mystery than as a historical novel."
It's druids versus Christians in a series of ritual murders that rend sixth-century Ireland. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JULIUS CAESAR by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"Scholarly and contextually rich, yet accessible and reasonably succinct."
A fresh look at one of history's most dynamic and controversial figures. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Calorie-rich fare for those who enjoy snacking on royal stories."
The author of Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters (2007) returns with a flattering account of Philip, who could have become King of Greece but instead married the woman who would be queen. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHILIP LARKIN by Andrew Motion
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1993

"Sure to be the standard life for some time, this cadaverous book seems dead to Larkin's amazing sense of humor, one of the sources of his poetic achievement. (Photos)"
One of three literary executors of British poet Philip Larkin (1922-85), fellow poet Motion (The Lamberts, 1987) ill serves his subject with this drab, exhaustive biography full of bland literary criticism and inappropriate psychologizing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PRINCE PHILIP by John Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Of interest to the royalty-obsessed only. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Parker's previous book about royalty, on the Duke of Windsor (King of Fools, 1989), was a gossipy quick read, but Prince Philip makes for a tamer subject with less egregiously dirty laundry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A collection of classical stories that could provide source material for a series of vivid graphic-literature adaptations."
Capsule bios of classic gods and heroes, with lots of detail but little poetry. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A brisk and illuminating overview of how Celts impacted their world and ours."
Recreating a vanished Celtic society through the eyes of a scholar traveling in the first century B.C. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALEXANDER THE GREAT by Philip Freeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A worthy addition to the seemingly endless flood of books on Alexander, including, recently, Paul Cartledge's literate Alexander the Great (2004) and Norman F. Cantor's opinionated Alexander the Great (2005)."
Historian Freeman (Classics/Luther Coll.; Julius Caesar, 2008, etc.) presents an accessible biography of the young Macedonian king. Read full book review >