Search Results: "Robert Harris"


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DICTATOR by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Unfortunately for Cicero, his assessment of Octavian—'he's a nice boy, and I hope he survives, but he's no Caesar'—proves fatally wrong."
Set during the last gasp of the Roman Republic, the final volume of Harris' Cicero trilogy chronicles the great Roman statesman's fateful encounters with both Julius and Augustus Caesar. Read full book review >

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THE FEAR INDEX by Robert Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2012

"Amid the welter of financial details, Harris creates a novel of tension and suspense by focusing more on the human than on the mechanistic."
A smart and sophisticated novel about machines becoming conscious—or about humans becoming paranoid about whether machines can become conscious. Read full book review >

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CONCLAVE by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An illuminating read for anyone interested in the inner workings of the Catholic Church; for prelate-fiction superfans, it is pure temptation."
Harris, creator of grand, symphonic thrillers from Fatherland (1992) to An Officer and a Spy (2014), scores with a chamber piece of a novel set in the Vatican in the days after a fictional pope dies. Read full book review >

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POMPEII by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 18, 2003

"Fast, fact-filled, and quite fun. A blast, really."
A straight-arrow Imperial Roman hydraulic engineer on assignment in Naples plumbs into the corruption of the waterworks as Vesuvius begins to rumble. Read full book review >

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THE GHOST by Robert Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Very slick, rather tense, sophisticated and amusing."
Big money lures a professional ghostwriter into a rush job—rewriting the memoirs of the former British prime minister in a month. By the way, the last guy on the job may have been murdered. Read full book review >

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ARCHANGEL by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"No personal demons here to soothe, but Harris's (Enigma, 1995, etc.) knack for re-creating historical events puts him in very select company."

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Mozart's Top Fifty works'': an only sporadically effective music-appreciation class—often too dense for beginners, too spoon-fed for serious music-lovers."
Harris, head of variety programming for CBS radio, tries hard- -with very iffy results—to provide unsophisticated listeners with an in-depth introduction to Mozart's life and work. Read full book review >

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ENIGMA by Robert Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A you-are-there re-creation you can crawl around in."
Former London Times columnist and BBC correspondent Harris returns, this time on much richer emotional ground. Read full book review >

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FATHERLAND by Robert Harris
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1992

"But only a Schweinehund wouldn't like this springtime for Hitler, with its waltzes through the Holocaust to the tunes of Leh†r's The Merry Widow."
There are no happy novels set in Berlin, but Harris (Selling Hitler, 1986, on the diaries forgery) has managed a novel that dances on Hitler's grave with amusing success. Read full book review >

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AN OFFICER AND A SPY by Robert Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"Espionage, counterespionage, a scandalous trial, a coverup and a man who tries to do right make this a complex and alluring thriller."
Labyrinthine machinations having to do with the Dreyfus Affair, the late 19th-century spy case that disclosed a latent anti-Semitism in French culture. Read full book review >

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JESSICA B. HARRIS
by Maya Payne Smart

Scenic and engaging, My Soul Looks Back recounts the years author Jessica B. Harris spent on the periphery of a circle of friends that included literary powerhouses James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison. The memoir spans the globe and several decades to describe the fascinating group.

Harris was in a relationship with Baldwin’s close friend Samuel Clemens Floyd III ...


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HOT, COLD, SHY, BOLD by Pamela Harris
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1998

"One picture that spans an entire spread—of two girls facing each other—is spoiled because the book's binding falls at a crucial area of the photograph; it shows that their 'how-do-you-do' faces are aimed not at each other, but at the buggy occupant of a jar. (Picture book. 2-4)"
A concept book in photographs that holds nothing new for those familiar with Tana Hoban's or Margaret Miller's work. Read full book review >