Search Results: "Richard Davenport-Hines"


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Released: June 1, 2006

"Informed and sympathetic portrait of a genius struggling to complete his life's work, no matter what."
An admiring, even loving, look at the dying Marcel Proust's final six months, with many glances backward (and sometimes askance) at the novelist's family and friends. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A well-drawn, comprehensive account of a troubling subject."
A British historian trains an eye on the vast history of human experience with illicit drugs. Read full book review >

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AUDEN by Richard Davenport-Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 19, 1996

"The book, in effect, prevents a placid understanding of a man whom perhaps nobody understood—an astringent but welcome service. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
British critic and author Davenport-Hines (The MacMillans, not reviewed, etc.) brings very English gusto and insight to this biography of the poet. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2012

"The book has all the inevitability and pathos of Greek tragedy, but by maintaining the personal dimension, the author transforms a narrative of monumental hubris meeting human error into a haunting story of real, intersecting lives on a collision course with destiny."
A moving account of the people who sailed into maritime history on the doomed Titanic. Read full book review >

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UNIVERSAL MAN by Richard Davenport-Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"An admiring and nuanced book filled with insights into this scholar and man of action in all his complexity."
An unconventional biography of the brilliant economist who shaped British public life in the 20th century. Read full book review >

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NO WAY BUT GENTLENESSE by Richard Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A delightful story of a boy, his birds, and his pursuit of knowledge in spite of society's dictates."
How catching and training a kestrel changed the life of a young British boy. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by John A. Farrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Full of fresh, endlessly revealing insights into Nixon's political career, less on the matter of his character, refreshingly, than on the events that accompanied and resulted from it."
A sturdy study of the man ranked at the bottom of many historians' lists of presidents. Read full book review >

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RICHARD NIXON by Conrad Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A massively detailed and generous assessment of a seemingly imperishable politician whose controversial career insures that this won't be the last word."
A lively, hugely sympathetic biography of possibly the most intriguing man to occupy the Oval Office. Read full book review >

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The Davenport Dilemma by Betty Kerss Groezinger
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Not recommended for those planning lengthy trips in planes, trains or helicopters—or anyone who isn't dead certain what his or her spouse actually does for a living."
A brisk political thriller from a first-time author who mixes international espionage with escalating domestic paranoia. Read full book review >

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MAD RICHARD by Lesley Krueger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entrancing portrait of artistic minds confounded by the Victorian Age."
On a cold January day in 1853, diminutive and curious Charlotte Brontë traveled to Bedlam to interview a broken Richard Dadd, one of the most celebrated artists of her day. A correspondence between their minds haunted her and perhaps altered her life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1994

"David's Day."
One of the many biographies of the actor, who died in 1984, including the surpassing Richard Burton: A Life (1988) by Melvyn Bragg and Richard Burton, My Brother (1988) by Graham Jenkins. Read full book review >