Search Results: "S. Sebag Montefiore"


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STALIN by S. Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2004

"There is much news here (including the fate of Hitler's bones), and much to ponder. Altogether extraordinary, and required reading for anyone interested in world affairs."
A fascinating, superbly written study of the Red Emperor Josef Stalin, "an energetic and vainglorious melodramatist who was exceptional in every way." Read full book review >

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PRINCE OF PRINCES by S. Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"A landmark biography. Montefiore goes a long way toward rescuing Potemkin from his promiscuous action-figure reputation by justifiably rubbing a fair share of Catherine's greatness off onto, in Jeremy Bentham's words, the Prince of Princes."
A life of Prince Potemkin that starts out as an artful pot-boiler, then turns into a possessing diplomatic history of Potemkin's role in Russia's last great push for empire. Read full book review >

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ONE NIGHT IN WINTER by Simon Sebag Montefiore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 6, 2014

"A kind of Virgin Suicides for the Soviet set, speaking to much that's dark in the human soul—but to what can redeem it, too."
British historian Montefiore turns in his second novel, a foreboding tale of Soviet Russia based on actual events. Read full book review >

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YOUNG STALIN by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2007

"Essential to understanding one of the 20th century's premier monsters and the nation he wrought."
Joe Stalin, gang-banger. Read full book review >

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SOMME by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"A beautifully crafted, blow-by-blow account with deep insight into the lives of these diverse young men."
A painstaking chronological account of the hideously marred attack on the German entrenchments at the Somme, July-September 1916. Read full book review >

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JERUSALEM by Simon Sebag Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 2011

"An essential text, bathed in blood, lit with faint hope."
The sanguinary story of thousands of years of conflict in the home city of religions. Read full book review >

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THE ROMANOVS by Simon Sebag Montefiore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"A magisterial portrayal of these 'megalomaniacs, monsters and saints' as eminently human and fallible."
A lively work illustrating the personalities, sensuality, and steely wills of the long line of Russian rulers. Read full book review >

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ENIGMA by Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The Enigma story continues to enthrall and delight, even after 50 years and a few dozen accounts: don't miss this one. (photos, not seen)"
It wasn't only a crew of eccentric English mathematicians with brains the size of basketballs who cracked the Germans' Enigma code during WWII, but a whole cast of spies and soldiers as well, says journalist Sebag-Montefiore in this magnetic story of breaking the cipher. Read full book review >

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S. by Slavenka Drakulic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"This one is more painful than most."
Justly acclaimed as a journalist and an essayist, Drakuli—chose the novel for her latest tale of the terrors of the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

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S by John Updike
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 12, 1988

"Possible moral here: a rage for symmetry isn't always an artist's best friend."
A companion piece to Roger's Version, this is Updike updating Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter by having Hester Prynne—here, Sarah Worth—get her two cents in as well. Read full book review >

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S. by J.J. Abrams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Beguiling. For fans of mysteries, postmodern fiction and fine bookmaking: a book that makes demands of its reader, but that amply entertains in return."
A delightful, endlessly unfolding fiction that is meta beyond meta, a sort of Da Vinci Code for smart people. Read full book review >

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HISS-S-S-S! by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"With a disappointing lack of emotion and humor, the story feels less like a boy's adventure with his first pet and more like a manual on how to (and how not to) care for a pet snake. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Ophidiophobes beware! Readers who aren't genuine snake lovers will likely find it difficult to sink their fangs into this tale. Read full book review >