Search Results: "Simon Winchester"


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SKULLS BY SIMON WINCHESTER by Simon Winchester
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"Challenging reading for younger audiences, at least in its more academic passages, but dazzling visuals and ingenious digital enhancements (not to mention the topic itself) more than compensate. (iPad informational app. 12-18, adult)"
Science meets art, and outstanding page and software design put this meaty survey of vertebrate frontage on the top shelf. Read full book review >

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SIMON by Alexander Masters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"A rarefied glimpse at bizarre brilliance."
The breezy biography of a highly eccentric mathematician. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Stormy weather elegantly explained. (recommended reading, acknowledgements, index) (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
Hurricanes, typhoons, and tornadoes bring disaster around the world. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 1998

"First-rate writing: well-crafted, incisive, abundantly playful. (b&w photos, not seen) (Book- of-the-Month Club selection)"
Remarkably readable, this chronicle of lexicography roams from the great dictionary itself to hidden nooks in the human psyche that sometimes house the motives for murder, the sources for sanity, and the blueprint for creativity. Read full book review >

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SIMON by Richard Kennedy
Released: Feb. 25, 1954

"Historical romance on an old theme, broad enough to give it new life."
England during Cromwell's revolution, and especially that part of Devon which saw the heat of it, backgrounds an adventure of loyalties and plots, highlights a character and vividly paints the issues with which he has to deal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Winchester's passionate research—on sea and land—undergirds this superb analysis of a world wonder that we seem hellbent on damaging."
The preternaturally curious writer about everything from the Oxford English Dictionary to volcanoes to the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) returns with a series of high-resolution literary snapshots of the Pacific Ocean.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2003

"Supremely well told: a fine exception to the dull run of most geological writing."
A vivid reconstruction of a volcanic explosion felt around the world—and a tale of curious twists it is. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Absorbing and always, thanks to Winchester's intelligence and firsthand knowledge, quite believable."
Hong Kong resident Winchester—a Manchester Guardian correspondent whose nonfiction Their Noble Lordships (1982) and Pacific Rising (1991) dished up the House of Lords and the Pacific Rim respectively—treats the breakup of China as future historical fiction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Another winning book from a historian whose passion for his subjects saturates his works."
Using a nifty structure around the five classic elements of wood, earth, water, fire and metal, Winchester (Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, and a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) celebrates the brains and brawn that forged America's Manifest Destiny. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A lifetime of thought, travel, reading, imagination and memory inform this affecting account."
The prolific journalist and historian returns with a story both geographically immense and profoundly personal. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2005

"Winchester is an engaging tour guide, and his tale a humbling one. Humankind exists, he concludes, by 'the planet's consent.'"
From Chinatown street corners to outer space, an enlightening and edifying examination of the catastrophic San Francisco earthquake of April 1906 and how it shaped subsequent American history. Read full book review >