Search Results: "Philip Short"


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A TASTE FOR INTRIGUE by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"No hagiographer, Short delivers a clear, useful picture of his subject and his country."
An accessible biography of François Mitterrand (1916-1996), the first popularly elected socialist president, whose life "mirrored the contradictions and compromises of the times in which he lived." Read full book review >

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MAO by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2000

"The most measured, thoughtful, and complete biography of Mao now available in English. (24 pages b&w photos, 4 maps)"
A masterful biography by Short, former BBC correspondent in Beijing (The Dragon and the Bear, 1982), that incorporates much material, mainly from Chinese sources, that has only recently become available. Read full book review >

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POL POT by Philip Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"A superbly wrought, richly nuanced study in evil, though more likely to attract discussion for its controversial conclusion than its careful rendering of its murderous subject."
"He was very likeable, a really nice person. He was friendly, and everything he said seemed very sensible." But he was also one of history's most accomplished mass murderers, as this portrait shows. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"These meandering stories remain memorable and rewarding, collectively dovetailing with universal lessons about love, family, compassion, the misfortune of random calamity, and living life to the fullest."
A retired physician reflects on his practice, personal history, and experience of medical intervention from a patient's perspective. Read full book review >

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NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE: FORERUNNER TO AMERICAN HORROR
by Andrew Liptak

It’s almost a rite of passage in high school: your English teacher takes out Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic American novel The Scarlet Letter, and you, as a student, have to slog through the antiquated prose and story for several weeks. Friends and family don’t remember the book fondly, but recently, I’ve begun to understand just how critical The Scarlet Letter and ...


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NEW WORLDS, NEW GEOGRAPHIES by John Rennie Short
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1998

"Readers may find it more satisfying to spend time writing their own story than reading this one."
A puzzle, but an interesting one. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Pleasant gossip, bubbly as champagne, but falling far short of what it could be. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
Frothy observations on life and art by this singer-pianist going on his 27th consecutive year performing at New York City's Cafe Carlyle. Read full book review >

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STRINGS AND GRIPS by Desmond McLennon II
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"McLennon's contagious enthusiasm makes an already satisfying sport more accessible for kids."
A natty, cartoon-influenced picture book that introduces young readers to the tools and spirit of tennis. Read full book review >

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SHAPES by Philip Giordano
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"A winner. (Board book. 1-3)"
Lifting flaps reveal the simple geometry underlying the world around us. Read full book review >

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BLOOD BROTHERS IN LOUISBOURG by Philip Roy
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"This rather dry offering may find a place in a history classroom; however, the lack of an absorbing story and truly compelling characters will cause most casual readers to soon abandon the tale, if they pick it up in the first place. (Historical fiction. 12-17)"
In 1744, two brothers, unbeknownst to each other, arrive at the French fortress of Louisbourg in what is now Nova Scotia and find themselves swept up in what is destined to be an important battle between the French and English. Read full book review >