Search Results: "Robert K. Massie"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"Hardly a page-turner, but a vivid account that will satisfy anyone with an interest in the Great War."
A monumental study of the maritime aspects of WWI, drawing on a great cast of characters and revisiting little-known battles and watery tombs. Read full book review >

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CATHERINE THE GREAT by Robert K. Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Despite these lowbrow historical techniques, Massie delivers a fascinating account of dog-eat-dog politics in 18th-century Europe and the larger-than-life Russian empress who gave as good as she got."
Roughly every decade since Nicholas and Alexandra (1967), popular historian Massie (Castles of Steel: Britain, Germany, and the Winning of the Great War at Sea, 2003, etc.) publishes a fat volume of European history for an eager readership; his latest will not disappoint. Read full book review >

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THE ROMANOVS by Robert K. Massie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"With memorable sketches of the main participants and a skillful discussion of the scientific evidence, Massie pulls together a sprawling theme and infuses it with quiet drama. (Author tour)"
Pulitzer Prizewinning author Massie, whose 1967 Nicholas and Alexandra received high praise, has used new documents on the assassination of the Romanovs to write a sequel that is almost as much thriller as historical account. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1991

"A dramatic re-creation of the diplomatic minuets and military brinkmanship that preceded, and made inevitable, the guns of August 1914 and the resulting catastrophes of this century. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs; maps.) (Book-of-the-Month Split Main Selection for December)"
Here, as with his Pulitzer Prize-winning Peter the Great (1980), Massie disdains the virtues of literary economy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

K by Hong Ying
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A delicate and exquisite success: Hong infuses real life with the drama and pathos of the best fiction."
A fictionalized account of a love affair Julian Bell conducted with a Chinese woman during the mid-1930s, by London-based novelist Hong (Summer of Betrayal, 1997; a memoir, Daughter of the River, 1999). Read full book review >

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DOSSIER K by Imre Kertész
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"The author's novels may provide a better introduction to his work, but this memoir will help to further illuminate them."
Kertész, the first Hungarian writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, interrogates himself in a provocative memoir that will deepen the understanding of those already familiar with his novels. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"An able history of a stunningly successful grassroots movement that succeeded, as such movements must, by reducing the complexities of what they are fighting. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A joint history of the US and South Africa that captures the passion and triumph of the anti-apartheid movement but neglects many of the underlying issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

K-9 by Rohan Gavin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A teeth-gnashing thriller more macabre than its predecessor, it will have readers (ahem) howling for a third. (Mystery. 10-14)"
The second in the Knightley and Son series gets a little darker, offering more bite, tragedy and paternal dysfunction, as well as respectable levels of gore. Read full book review >

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K-POP by Stuart A. Kallen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Though English-language books on Korean pop culture are unfortunately quite rare, only complete newbies will find this overview informative. (glossary, recommended albums, source notes, selected bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
A breezy but flawed introduction to Korean pop music for novice fans. Read full book review >

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K FALLS by Skye Kathleen Moody
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 16, 2001

"A fish-counter has an easier job than the poor reader, who must sort out an overabundance of fishy characters, politics, and (bad) poetry."
Fleeing Kettle Falls, Washington, for Astoria, Oregon, Darla Denny lands a job at a bank and a nameless boyfriend. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 1996

"For politicos, journalists, or anyone who has ever been pulled into the distorted worldview of a dangerous smooth talker, the story of Brett Kimberlin is a valuable one, expertly unearthed and reported by Singer."
An absorbing investigation into the life and tall tales of Brett Kimberlin, the jailed drug dealer who won brief notoriety by claiming to have sold drugs to Dan Quayle. Read full book review >

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K-PAX by Gene Brewer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1995

"A genial psych lecture supplemented by a hefty dose of utopian blather. (Film rights to Universal)"
An Oliver Sacks-ish New York shrink hangs out with an upbeat Man Who Fell to Earth in this banal debut. Read full book review >