Search Results: "Ronald Wright"


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BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2007

"While it is too dense for younger children, middle-graders will no doubt be fascinated. (author note, timeline, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 8-12)"
One of nine sisters and one brother born to a Quaker family, Patience grew up in New Jersey and discovered her talent for sculpting figures early on. Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Andrew Helfer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Gives credit where due, but not in a manner that is likely to please conservative partisans."
Part primer, part polemic, this graphic biography scratches the surface of what its creators depict as a comic-book presidency. Read full book review >

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RONALD REAGAN by Jacob Weisberg
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"This concise biography makes a good case that Reagan was the second most important president of the 20th century after Franklin Roosevelt."
The latest in the commendable American Presidents series is a thoughtful biography of an increasingly well-regarded president. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A significant book, if surely arguable in granting Reagan more depth and ability than most nonbelievers have hitherto suspected."
A middle-of-the-road liberal (John Adams, 2003, etc.) looks into Ronald Reagan's soul and concludes that it was great—and that the president was "politically wise, humane, and magnanimous" to boot. Read full book review >

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RONALD KNOX by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 15, 1959

"He does more than record his subject's exterior life; he provides a record of a lost era — which World War I changed forever."
Although this biography was respectfully reviewed when it was first published in England — due, one suspects, as much to its author as to its subject — it was apparent that, for his countrymen, Ronald Knox, the man, remains essentially remote. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2010

"An emotionally astute study that belies its length."
A brief introduction to the pioneering, cantankerous and oft-frustrated author. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An entertaining, highly tendentious account of where we've been and where we're headed."
A Canadian author examines America's historical sins. Read full book review >

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HENDERSON’S SPEAR by Ronald Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 5, 2002

"Despite quite a few plots unfolding at the same time, the author manages to keep all his balls in the air at once and never lets the pace lag. Well done indeed."
A grand family saga, played out over several centuries, continents, and oceans, from novelist and nature writer Wright (A Scientific Romance, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GOLD EATERS by Ronald Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Wright's narrative deftly juggles the elements of historical fiction, war story, and coming-of-age novel."
Historian Wright's third novel (Henderson's Spear, 2002, etc.) finds a young Inca boy swept into Francisco Pizarro's 16th-century conquest of Peru. Read full book review >

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A SHORT HISTORY OF PROGRESS by Ronald Wright
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2005

"Illuminating and disturbing, and expansively documented."
A provocative assembling of evidence from history, archaeology and anthropology that what we call civilization may carry the seeds of its own destruction. Read full book review >

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A SCIENTIFIC ROMANCE by Ronald Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 1998

"Vividly elegiac in style and enveloping enough in its mystery, but for long stretches this remains a one-man roadshow- -and suffers from a lack of substance in the supporting cast."
An era-hopping first novel takes a lovelorn London curator on an escape to the future via an H.G. Wellian time machine—only to find humankind not at home. Read full book review >