Search Results: "Rory O'Connor"


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BEG by Rory Freedman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2013

"A big-hearted and well-meaning rehash of vital but hoary arguments urging decency toward animals."
The well-turned ground of humans behaving inhumanely toward animals is turned again, without any significant updates. Read full book review >

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THE PLACES IN BETWEEN by Rory Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2006

"Gripping account of a courageous journey, observed with a scholar's eye and a humanitarian's heart."
Just after the fall of the Taliban, a doughty Scot walks across Afghanistan from Herat to Kabul, observing, studying, starving, freezing, encountering poverty, cruelty, ignorance, generosity, warmth and terror. Read full book review >

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WELLINGTON by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Almost certainly not the last word on Wellington but, for now, the most definitive biography of him."
Australian historian Muir (Wellington: The Path to Victory 1769-1814, 2013, etc.) completes his suitably imposing biography of the Iron Duke, guiding him from war to an uneasy peacetime. Read full book review >

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SALAMANCA, 1812 by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"While Muir presents his reconstruction in too much detail to hold a general history reader's attention, students and enthusiasts of Napoleonic warfare will feast on the thoroughness of his research and the accuracy of his scholarship. (20 detailed battle maps)"
Detailed history of the 1812 battle at Salamanca, Spain, where Lord Wellington proved his tactical virtuosity by defeating French forces under the command of Marshal Marmont. Read full book review >

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WORTH FIGHTING FOR by Rory Fanning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Fanning's dedication to the cause is admirable, but readers are left wondering how the author thought he would change the world by walking across the country."
An Army Ranger-turned-conscientious objector pays tribute to a fallen comrade with a walk across America. Read full book review >

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THIRD RAIL by Rory Flynn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 10, 2014

"If you think this story sounds familiar, you're right. Flynn's glum debut is so intent on sketching in his depressive hero that it never gives him much of a mystery to solve or explains why two different women—hard-living Thalia and baker Candace Hammond—would be so interested in him."
A second-generation cop banished from Boston to his little hometown seeks a comeback by tangling with a world-class designer drug. Read full book review >

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INTO THE EXPERIMENT by Rory Piper
Released: May 5, 2012

"A predictable thriller with a high body count, uneven character development and a victorious romance."
Piper's debut novel provides a modern twist on the Frankenstein trope of a man who creates a monster. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 1993

"Much wittier than most cryptozoological reports (which veer toward stuffiness to counterbalance the jeers)—and a spanking good travelogue to boot. (Photos—not seen)"
Nugent (The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck, 1991—not reviewed), a specialist in cryptozoological adventures—combing the far regions of the earth for undiscovered beasties—takes on Mokele-Mbembe, a brontosaurus-like dinosaur reported to dwell in the rain forests of central Africa. Read full book review >

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WELLINGTON by Rory Muir
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Next up, Waterloo. A welcome biography, particularly for students of European geopolitics."
First of a two-volume life of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, covering his first 45 years, a time in which he became a military legend and major political figure. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2012

"An erudite, constructive analysis."
Is social media enhancing our ability to share and digest information or contributing to its attrition? Read full book review >

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DOWN AT THE DOCKS by Rory Nugent
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2009

"An incisive portrait that takes both place and people seriously, and that does them honor."
An elegiac portrait of an iconic place fallen on hard times and unlikely to rise again. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 4, 1993

"It's not always easy, traveling with this Occidental tourist through the Eastern bloc, but, ultimately, the trip is a memorable souvenir of postwar Europe."
As the Soviet Union collapses, young Briton MacLean accompanies his German Aunt Zita on a rueful trip through Mitteleuropa. Read full book review >