Search Results: "Robert Darnton"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"Sharp perspectives, adroit observations, vivid historical consciousness. (17 illustrations)"
An irresistible tour of 18th-century oddities and overviews. Read full book review >

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CENSORS AT WORK by Robert Darnton
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"In the current climate of debate over national surveillance, Darnton's vibrant history takes on particular relevance."
Darnton (History/Harvard Univ.; The Case for Books, 2009, etc.) takes an ethnographic approach in this deeply researched comparative history, examining how censorship functioned in three authoritarian regimes: 18th-century monarchal France; 19th-century India under the British Raj; and 20th-century East Germany. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"Of much interest to anyone with a stake in the developing Google settlement, as well as for fans of books about books."
Harvard University Library director Darnton (George Washington's False Teeth: An Unconventional Guide to the Eighteenth Century, 2003, etc.) offers measured essays on books, libraries and publishing. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A fascinating, if peculiar, study of the flip side of Enlightenment France's Great Books, though the broader implications are just out of this volume's reach. (Photos, maps, not seen)"
Continuing his expert exploration of 18th-century French publishing and reading, Darnton (Berlin Journal, 1991, etc.) takes on the salacious, seditious, and sociological natures of the potboilers banned and in high demand during the reign of Louis XV. Read full book review >

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BERLIN JOURNAL by Robert Darnton
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1991

"Lacking cohesion, this reads frequently like an afterthought, with the additional flaw of placing the historian in conflict with the journalist."
Spending a year in Germany to write another monograph on the 18th century, Darnton (The Kiss of Lamourette, 1989, etc.; European History/Princeton) encountered history in the raw: the fall of the Berlin Wall and the movement toward German unification. Read full book review >

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RISKING IT ALL by Nina Darnton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Thoughtfully written and thoroughly engaging—a tale of compromise, tough decisions...and love."
Even the best of marriages have their tipping points. Read full book review >

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THE DARWIN CONSPIRACY by John Darnton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"Reduces one of history's most important scientific discoveries to a mediocre whodunit."
Darwin's big secret, finally revealed! Read full book review >

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ALMOST A FAMILY by John Darnton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2011

"Exquisitely paced, masterful storytelling."
A George Polk Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist skillfully investigates the history of his family, recovering the life of the father he never knew. Read full book review >

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BLACK AND WHITE AND DEAD ALL OVER by John Darnton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 31, 2008

"Tingling suspense powered by Darnton's love for his battered profession."
Who killed the editor? A venerable New York newspaper becomes a crime scene in this multifaceted, gloriously entertaining thriller from Pulitzer-winning journalist Darnton (The Darwin Conspiracy, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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CHLOE IN INDIA by Kate Darnton
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Blonde American Chloe's perspective gives Western readers a way into this tale of inequality in a foreign culture, mitigating some of the stereotyping. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Chloe is not happy about leaving her shady, green Boston home for life in oppressively hot Delhi, India, especially since she stands out as the only blonde American in her grade. Read full book review >

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MIND CATCHER by John Darnton
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Solid but uneven: brings to mind too many other, more exceptional, books."
A comatose young boy's mind is the prize in a tug of war between his father and a group of scientists with serious God complexes. Read full book review >