Search Results: "Sean McMeekin"


BOOK REVIEW

JULY 1914 by Sean McMeekin
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 2013

"Tuchman remains irresistible, and David Fromkin's Europe's Last Summer (2004) is the best modern history, but McMeekin delivers a gripping, almost day-by-day chronicle of the increasingly frantic maneuvers of European civilian leaders who mostly didn't want war and military leaders who had less objection."
McMeekin (History/Koç Univ.; The Russian Origins of the First World War, 2011, etc.) treads familiar ground but delivers a thoroughly rewarding account that spares no nation regarding the causes of World War I, although Germany receives more than its share of blame. Read full book review >

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THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION by Sean McMeekin
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"McMeekin effectively shows how easily one man could undermine the foundations of a nation, and he makes the revolution comprehensible as he exposes the deviousness of its leader."
A fresh history of the revolution "as a concrete historical event—controversial and significant in its lasting impact on world politics, but also worth understanding on its own terms, unmediated by our current prejudices." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Though the book is mostly of specialist interest, it is vigorous and accessible and helps explain some of what's going on in today's headlines."
Thought-provoking historical study of the closing years of the Ottoman Empire and the concurrent rise of the modern Middle East. Read full book review >

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FADE TO BLUE by Sean Beaudoin
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"This lack of convention is not necessarily a bad thing, but will definitely require patient readers who are content to be left with more questions than answers. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Stellar wit and a thrilling pace become mired in complicated plotting in this promising but at times frustrating effort. Read full book review >

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SLOPPY WANTS A HUG by Sean Julian
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Short, simple, sweet—and more than likely to spur some similarly slobbery affection between parent and child. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Dewdrop the fairy is willing to give every forest creature a hug—except for Sloppy the tree dragon. What has Sloppy done? Read full book review >

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THE END OF FUN by Sean McGinty
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 5, 2016

"McGinty's debut is a bit of a shaggy dog story: frequently meandering and patience-trying but bighearted and generous, too. (Adventure. 14-16)"
A teen realizes there's more to life than augmented reality. Read full book review >

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THE FINISHED MAN by Sean Murphy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Amusing and amiable to a fault, but Murphy (The Hope Valley Hubcap King, not reviewed) has a deft, light touch."
West Coast potboiler about a hapless New Jersey writer's adventures in la-la-land. Read full book review >

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TABLE FOR FIVE by Sean Hardie
Released: June 28, 1991

"First-novelist Hardie's ticking-clock windup isn't on the same level as the cat-and-mouse byplay between Harry and Julia, but the witty, incisive portraits of minor functionaries and the solid Israeli background should keep everybody happy—even Charlie."
Small-time British film producer Charlie Kavanagh's incredible good luck in landing a TV interview with Israeli foreign minister David Bermant and four colleagues sounds too good to be true, and it is: the show is to provide the setting for Bermant's assassination. Read full book review >