Search Results: "Robert Gellately"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2007

"A more streamlined narrative would have been welcome. All the same, a solid contribution to the literature of World War II, totalitarianism and the bloody 20th century."
Overlong history of Europe between 1914 and 1945, the age of totalitarian empires and what Gellately (History/Florida State Univ.) (Backing Hitler: Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany, 2001, etc.) calls "the great catastrophe" whose origins lie in Leninism. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 5, 2013

"Gellately makes a good case for his thesis, but this will be beside the point for many readers who will conclude that Stalin was simply an evil megalomaniac."
What did Stalin want? As the Red Army bestrode Europe in 1945, many Western leaders believed he intended to spread communism across the world. After his death, historians began to doubt this idea, and revisionists even blamed American aggression for the Cold War. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"Striking proof of the banality of evil."
A rare document: a psychiatrist's working notes on Nazi officials awaiting trial for war crimes. Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"At a time when the biographical form is inspiring much-needed experimentation, Seymour's straightforward approach seems old- fashioned, although sturdy. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but unimaginative life of the bardic English classicist, novelist, and poet. ``I could fall in love with my big toe if I wanted to,'' declared the contradictory Graves (18951985), notorious puritan and inveterate womanizer who held court for years at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca and is best known for his meditations on woman as muse in The White Goddess (1948), et al. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A fascinating insight into British politics through the life of someone who knew everyone of significance, and who possessed an unusual capacity to tell the truth, however much it hurt him. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A masterly biography of Robert Boothby, a Conservative politician now little remembered, whose Parliamentary career spanned more than 50 years during the interwar and post-WW II period. Read full book review >

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MASTER ROBERT by Robert L. Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 24, 2017

"A thoughtful dramatization of the moral complexities of the War Between the States."
A Civil War-era novel about a slaveholding farmer and two of his slaves. Read full book review >

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ROBERT PLANT by Paul Rees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"For die-hard fans only. Zeppelin fanatics will want to turn to Stephen Davis' hoary Hammer of the Gods (1985), which, though covering only the band and not Plant's solo decades, isn't as painful to read."
By-the-numbers biography of the shaggy rocker. Read full book review >

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ROBERT OPPENHEIMER by Ray Monk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 2013

"A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin's American Prometheus (2006)."
A highly detailed examination of the life and times of Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the man who ushered in the Atomic Age and played a leading role in putting American science on the map. Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by James W. Hilty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"This well-written book is timely, coming just as the 30th anniversary of RFK's assassination approaches, and just as the current crop of Kennedy scions is making news for all the wrong reasons. (29 b&w photos)"
A fine study of the assassinated senator's contribution to national politics. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

An uncommon tale of brotherly love, and a passionate defense of the notion that dignity belongs as much to the mad as to the rest of us. Read full book review >