Search Results: "Russell Shorto"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Psychiatry and psychology are disciplines that ostensibly study the soul ("psyche"), yet this emphasis was almost entirely absent from the time William James first took a psychiatrist's lens to the varieties of religious experience until M. Scott Peck came to dominate the bestseller lists with psychospiritual advice in the 1980s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Shorto's rather breathless approach offers a simplified, and thus inadequate, portrait of the nature and history of the movement he is trying to legitimize."
An enthusiastic but overly sensationalized synthesis of ``historical Jesus'' scholarship. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2004

"A bright social history of New Amsterdam that gives the Dutch their due as the first facilitators of its fabled diversity."
The all-but-forgotten origins of Manhattan, told with humor and an acute eye for primary sources. Read full book review >

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AMSTERDAM by Russell Shorto
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Vigorous, erudite and eminently readable."
The dynamic historical account of a vibrantly complex European city and the legacy of social, political and economic liberalism it bequeathed to the Western world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"Learning lightly worn but hard won; would that all philosophical history were so accessible."
An oddly enjoyable excursus into Enlightenment history, courtesy of René Descartes's dismembered cadaver and pop-science/history writer Shorto (The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony that Shaped America, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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LUCKY RUSSELL by Brad Sneed
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An unusual and original barnyard tour. (Picture book. 3-7)"
In his first solo book, the illustrator of Grandpa's Song (1991) tells a familiar story: a kitten, longing for an important job, volunteers for one farm task after another (``You're too cute,'' barks the dog. ``You gotta have a mean look and a low growl to protect the farm'') until the farmer points out what a fine playmate he makes for a little girl. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"In Russell's paradox of a life, Monk uncompromisingly, enlighteningly reveals a complex mixture of caddishly cold behavior, profound intellectual passion, and a fierce social conscience. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first volume of Monk's biography cohesively, skeptically analyzes the aristocratic philosopher's mathematically logical intellect, Victorian purposefulness, and Edwardian mores. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 2001

"Monk's generally negative portrait may alienate the great man's devotees, but it's the product of meticulous research and balanced by the biographer's esteem for a great intellect and outsized personality. (illustrations not seen)"
An outstanding conclusion to the story begun in Bertrand Russell: The Spirit of Solitude, 1872-1921 (1996): the tragedy of a brilliant but flawed thinker who mistreated the humans closest to him while promoting humanity in the abstract. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Person offers an excellent guide to his legacy. (15 b&w photos)"
A concise, lucid tour of the writings and wide-ranging ideas of the American regarded in many quarters as "the founder of the modern conservative movement." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BERTRAND RUSSELL by Caroline Moorehead
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Moorehead shapes Russell's complex character into a vivid and compelling portrait: an exemplary accomplishment. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs)"
Ambitious biography by Moorehead (ed., Betrayal, 1990, etc.) of one of the most fascinating of modern British lives, taking in a century of social and cultural upheaval. Read full book review >

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CAREERS FOR ANIMAL LOVERS by Russell Shorto
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"Glossary-index. (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
Another in the ``Choices'' career series, presenting 14 animal-related jobs for men and women: zookeeper, pet-show operator, game warden, illustrator, dairy farmer, etc. While the many photos are appealing and the firsthand accounts may spark interest, the information here is scanty, and the ``Further Reading'' is dated. Read full book review >