Search Results: "Samuel Arbesman"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2012

"Does what popular science should do—both engages and entertains."
Absorbing and approachable treatise on the nature of facts: what they are, how and why they change and how they sometimes don't (despite being wrong). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 27, 1992

"An informative, albeit less than insightful, saga. (Eight pages of humdrum photos.)"
A fact-filled but plodding biography of Samuel Bronfman, who achieved mythic success in the North American liquor trade. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by David Nokes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Rigorous and scholarly, but an introduction rather than an advancement in knowledge."
A swift life of the author of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755), whose corporal and hygienic eccentricities matched in uniqueness the brilliance of his mind. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Jeffrey Meyers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2008

"Lacks its subject's wit and fire, but displays Johnson in all his grime and glory."
A balanced view of the troubled yet triumphant life of one of literature's and lexicography's not-so-gentle giants. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL ADAMS by Ira Stoll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Justly returns our attention to Adams—though liberal readers will prefer Mark Puls's 2006 biography, which emphasizes his role as a rabble-rousing man of the common people."
Neocon view of the least-known Founding Father, arguing that his religious beliefs fueled his revolutionary ardor and, in today's more secular America, have denied him his due from historians. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL PEPYS by Claire Tomalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2002

"A fine work of literary and cultural history."
A sparkling, wonderfully readable biography of the English official less well known for his contributions to good government than for his salacious, achingly self-doubtful diaries. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 25, 1977

Why, some will ask, another biography of that print-drenched Englishman, especially so soon after John Wain's acclaimed contribution? Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON by Peter Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"From the ordinary clay of words, Martin sculpts an impressive image of an extraordinary man."
Reliable, readable life of 18th-century England's most celebrated intellectual, lexicographer, poet, critic, biographer, essayist, Tory, travel writer and—perhaps most of all—Personality. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL ADAMS by Mark Puls
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2006

"Fully restores Adams to his rightful place as an indispensable provocateur of American liberty."
A brief, sharply focused biography of the mastermind behind the American colonies' break with England, and the drive for independence. Read full book review >

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WAKING SAMUEL by Daniel Coyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2003

"Decently done but unremarkable: a nicely constructed emotional thriller that doesn't really pay off in the end."
From sportswriter Coyle (Hardball, 1994), a debut about a grief-stricken nurse's attempt to solve the mystery surrounding an amnesiac patient. Read full book review >

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SAMUEL PEPYS by Stephen Coote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"With skill, humor, and sound scholarship, Coote drags into the foreground a man whom history has carelessly consigned to the background."
A sturdy and occasionally stirring biography of the Restoration bureaucrat and celebrated diarist Pepys (1633-1703). Read full book review >

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SAMUEL JOHNSON IS INDIGNANT by Lydia Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Outsiders, self-doubt, and alienation: all form the bedrock upon which Davis sets up an off-kilter, edgy universe distinctly her own."
Translator, novelist, and short-fiction specialist Davis (Almost No Memory, 1997, etc.) assembles another fine collection of 54 wry, haunting pieces, old and new, brief and long, nearly all previously published. Read full book review >