Search Results: "Robert Service"


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A HISTORY OF TWENTIETH-CENTURY RUSSIA by Robert Service
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 1998

"A straightforward and able analysis, in a text agreeably free of academic jargon."
A balanced and thoughtful, if seldom particularly innovative, history of Russia in this century, concentrating on the Soviet era. Read full book review >

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THE LAST OF THE TSARS by Robert Service
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A compelling work; organized, concise, and chilling."
A scholarly biography that goes beyond the gruesome depictions of the Romanovs' end to examine the more complicated nature of Nicholas II's character. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE COLD WAR by Robert Service
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A wholly satisfying, likely definitive, but not triumphalist account of the end of an era."
In this thoughtful re-evaluation of a stunning historical watershed, British Soviet specialist Service (Emeritus, Russian History/Univ. of Oxford; Trotsky, 2009, etc.) concentrates on the political maneuvering that was Byzantine and often wrongheaded but rarely dull.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2012

"Why did the Soviets kill the tsar? Why was Finland granted its independence? How did Keynesian economics save Lenin's skin? For those with an interest in such questions, Service's book will hold plenty of appeal."
British historian Service (Russian History/Univ. of Oxford; Trotsky, 2009, etc.) examines the fraught birth of the Soviet Union in this careful, dense scholarly study. Read full book review >

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WEIRDOS OF THE UNIVERSE, UNITE! by Pamela F. Service
FANTASY
Released: March 31, 1992

"As she should. (Fiction. 10+)"
Anti-clique Mandy recruits cool Owen from California to form WEIRD (Weird Entities in Rightful Domination) to combat conventionality. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Some mild friction between two bright men sparks striking observations about music."
Edited transcripts of nine intense interviews with the celebrated British composer. Read full book review >

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THE NOT-SO-PERFECT PLANET by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"The weak plot doesn't really bear up under its instructional load, but there's enough farce to keep the lessons well-greased. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Caving to the demands of his pesky little sister Maggie, aspiring fictioneer Josh's second fantasy story features a world with mermaids and unicorns. Sort of. Read full book review >

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MY COUSIN, THE ALIEN by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Gorman's frequent black-and-white cartoon scenes of popeyed preteens in various hazardous situations add notes of comical suspense. (Science fiction. 9-11)"
Fledgling chapter-book readers turned off by the grosser parts of the Andrew Lost tales may enjoy the more conventional escapades in this kickoff. Read full book review >

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ESCAPE FROM PLANET YASTOL by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Readers ready for longer chapter books will enjoy having some science fiction to choose from and welcome further adventures. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Josh Higgins, boy author, finds out what happens when he really lives in the world he created. Read full book review >

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CAMP ALIEN by Pamela F. Service
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"That combination, with generous measures of daffy humor, will get readers past the weak plot—the Duthwi hatch, but then decide to turn themselves back into eggs—and into anticipating Zack's future exploits. (Science fiction. 9-11)"
Having learned in My Cousin, the Alien (2008) that he's not an ordinary kid but a disguised alien with unusual powers, young Zack is again pressed into service by the Galactic Patrol. Read full book review >

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STINKER'S RETURN by Pamela F. Service
ANIMALS
Released: March 31, 1993

"For active sf collections. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Tsynq Yr (Stinker) was last seen leaving earth in a space shuttle stolen with the help of friends Karen and Jonathan (Stinker from Space, 1988); the little alien had been forced to take the form of a skunk when he crashed on Earth. Read full book review >