Search Results: "Robert Hardman"


BOOK REVIEW

HER MAJESTY by Robert Hardman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2012

"A reverential look inside the intricate workings of Queen, Inc.—likely to appeal mostly to British readers and royal watchers."
A courtier's fawning portrait of the longed-lived, thoroughly modern monarch. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOUIS XVI by John Hardman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 1992

"Admirable for its primary political research—but lacking the warmth, color, and human dimensions of Carolly Erickson's To the Scaffold (1991), a Marie Antoinette biography offering a fuller, more balanced, and sympathetic picture of Louis and his court. (Twenty-four illustrations.)"
In a political, impersonal, and defensive biography, Hardman (a retired lecturer in modern history at the Univ. of Edinburgh) claims that Louis XVI, reputedly ``stupid, lazy, and impassive,'' was merely reticent, timid, ill-advised, lonely, and misunderstood- -and could have been called ``Louis the Silent.'' Born into a sprawling, extravagant, and unpopular monarchy, orphaned at age 11, Louis—private, shy, immature, and the least favored and least prepared heir to the throne—ascended to his kingship at age 19, when his grandfather died. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

The Sins of Soldiers by S. J. Hardman Lea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2016

"A war story that's less about conflict that it is about emotion."
Lea offers a gripping novel about the difficult choices that soldiers face during wartime. Read full book review >

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THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR READS IN MAY
by John DeNardo

Looking for something to read in May? Here's an irresistible selection of science fiction, fantasy, and horror books that will satisfy your readerly desires. They include stories about an alternate WWII, steampunk airships, the zombie apocalypse, assassins hellbent on revenge, a space-based suicide mission, souls available for rent, and more.

 

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BOOK REVIEW

ROBERT CROWTHER'S POP-UP DINOSAUR ABC by Robert Crowther
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"From Allosaurus to Zuniceratops, a mix of familiar standbys and new or rare finds with bite-sized facts for confirmed dinomanes. (Informational pop-up book. 6-8)"
Twenty-six dinos rear up, unfold or slide into view in a pop-up prehistoric procession. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE WHITE HOUSE by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 29, 2015

"A selective but resplendent tour. (Informational pop-up. 6-9)"
White House high spots, presented with 3-D flair by the archon of paper architects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A BUNNY IN THE BALLET by Robert Beck
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 28, 2014

"Alas, not the stuff of dreams for balletomane readers. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Toe shoes and tutus are the stuff of dreams for a rabbit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DRAGON & THE KNIGHT by Robert Sabuda
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"With Sabuda, it's hard to set expectations too high or wide, but here he rides triumphantly roughshod over them anyway. (Pop-up picture book. 5-9)"
Sabuda gives the usual relationship between story and picture a hefty tweak in this pop-up romp. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Sleep, Cher Ami, sleep!' (Picture book. 5-9)"
During World War I, the U.S. Army relied on a flock of 600 carrier pigeons to send messages back to headquarters from troops in the field, and one, Cher Ami, became famous for saving the "Lost Battalion," which had been trapped behind enemy lines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE DREAMKEEPER by Robert Ingpen
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: March 1, 2006

"Many authors have produced less than good results trying to make a homespun family tale into a published creature; this one works. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Written as a letter to his granddaughter and full of lovely rhetorical and visual flourishes, Ingpen describes the fellow "who catches our bad dreams when they try to escape to become real." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAINT FRANCIS AND THE CHRISTMAS DONKEY by Robert Byrd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Lovely. (Fiction. 7-9)"
Inspired by the story of St. Read full book review >