Search Results: "Richard Preston"


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THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER by Richard Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from microscopic infectious agents? Welcome to Mr. Preston's frightening neighborhood."
Preston guides us deftly on another scary excursion (Hot Zone, 1994) into the world of really bad viruses—this time smallpox, with a side helping of anthrax. Read full book review >

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THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Portions of this biomedical thriller appeared in the New Yorker in somewhat different form; it will be made into a movie starring Robert Redford and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien). (Author tour)"
A bone-chilling account of a close encounter with a lethal virus, by New Yorker writer Preston (American Steel, 1991). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2008

"Well researched, well paced and accessible."
A collection of science essays first published in the New Yorker, here brought up to date and lightly threaded together. Read full book review >

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SERENITY GRANTED by Richard Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"A thoroughly entertaining and affecting remembrance."
A man recounts the depths of addiction and the miracles of recovery in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 2007

"Enthralling."
Preston takes a break from nasty viruses (The Demon in the Freezer, 2002, etc.) to provide a firsthand account of climbing some of the world's tallest trees. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1991

"A well-told tale that suggests heartland enterprise is neither down nor out."
American steelmakers used to say they'd rather own a market than a mill. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2004

"Yeomanly treatment of a man who 'wanted desperately to make his fortune but was seduced by the quest for knowledge.' (65 b&w illustrations, 12 maps)"
Rich with incident and novelty, the life of a swashbuckler whose exploits and writings impressed generations of readers, including Darwin and Humboldt, though he's little remembered today. Read full book review >

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ONLINE KIDS by Preston Gralla
Released: Aug. 30, 1996

"A must-have for classroom and family use. (b&w illustrations, glossary) (Nonfiction. 8+)"
Online guides for children are proliferating, but Gralla's, subtitled ``A Young Surfer's Guide to Cyberspace,'' may be the best so far—a compendium of basic information on the major online services, the World Wide Web, chat, newsgroups, and e-mail, along with extensive listings of high-quality sites with descriptions, rated according to usefulness and coolness, and organized by topic. Read full book review >

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HOMETOWNS by John Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

Nostalgia and dissociation are the main themes in this not-so- diverse collection of essays by gay men who either had to leave their old communities or have adopted new ones. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A story of establishment and judicial misconduct that's no longer pertinent—or even interesting."
Preston (The Dig, 2016, etc.) revisits the 1970s scandal involving Jeremy Thorpe, Member of Parliament for North Devon and leader of Britain's Liberal Party. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2009

"Preston ably conveys her admiration for the Egyptian queen."
Historian Preston (Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima, 2005, etc.) casts Cleopatra as the fulcrum of power in the one of the world's first power couples. Read full book review >