Search Results: "Richard Overy"


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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A well-crafted essay that will appeal to WWII buffs and professional historians alike."
A slender meditation on a critical episode in WWII history. Read full book review >

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THE DICTATORS by Richard Overy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Still, a highly readable account of the two regimes, drawing on an impressive wealth of primary documents."
A sprawling study of the 20th century's foremost totalitarian systems and their infamous leaders, who are revealed to be, well, alike and different. Read full book review >

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A HISTORY OF WAR IN 100 BATTLES by Richard Overy
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Military buffs will turn up their noses at this well-written but unnecessary book, and beginners will be confused by the sketchy historical background and absence of maps. The illustrations are little help since they are mostly portraits of leaders or artists' renderings of battles, vivid but purely imaginary."
Despite the title, this is not a coherent history but rather isolated, generously illustrated accounts of battles from ancient Egypt to the present day. Read full book review >

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THE BOMBERS AND THE BOMBED by Richard Overy
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Readers looking for dramatic accounts of specific bombing missions should read a selection of books by British military historian Martin Middlebrook. For a far more expansive view that includes those on the receiving end, Overy is the choice."
Historians still argue over how much, if at all, strategic bombing contributed to defeating Hitler. This magisterial overview will not end the debate, but it skillfully illuminates all sides. Read full book review >

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WHY THE ALLIES WON by Richard Overy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"A cogent look at the 20th century's great turning point. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; History Book Club main selection)"
Was the Allied victory in WW II an inevitable triumph of good over evil? Read full book review >

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1939 by Richard Overy
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 2010

"Inevitable? Perhaps not, but the events of 1939 made the war 'hard to avoid.' Lucid and to the point, as is Overy's custom—of much value to students of the political dimensions of WWII."
Overy (History/Univ. of Exeter; The Twilight Years: The Paradox of Britain Between the Wars, 2009, etc.) limns the annus horribilis in which World War II broke out in Europe. Read full book review >

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THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF WORLD WAR TWO by Richard Overy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2015

"A good choice for new insights into aspects of the war we never knew, such as the 'other' D-Day in the Marianas and the great significance of the Eastern front in the final outcome."
Distinguished historians explore developments in the study of World War II. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 2009

"A bracing study that demonstrates how the drumbeat of doom became self-perpetuating."
Overy (Modern History/Univ. of Exeter; The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia, 2004, etc.) chronicles the various forces of anxiety that gripped British society in the interwar period. Read full book review >

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INTERROGATIONS by Richard Overy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"To his credit, Overy puts these questions in context in an admirably crafted 200-page introduction."
The first publication of Allied interrogations of Nazi war criminals in preparation for the Nuremberg trials. Read full book review >

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ALL THE COLORS OF BUSYTOWN! by Richard Scarry
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2013

"While many will welcome concept books with Richard Scarry art, are these rehashed offerings really necessary with so many of his classics still in print? (Board book. 2-4)"
Richard Scarry's iconic characters present nine different colors. Read full book review >

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CAT BURGLAR BLACK by Richard Sala
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Expect sequels. (Graphic fiction. 10-12)"
Sala usually aims his pulpy gothics at older teens and adults, but here he tries for a younger audience. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This one is, and doesn't. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
``Politics ought to be fun—after baseball it's our next favorite pastime,'' says Texas Gov. Read full book review >