Search Results: "Sir Ranulph Fiennes"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2004

"A marvelous plunge into the arcana of Scott's world—lengthy discussion of the number of calories necessary for a day of sledging, anyone?—and the many myths that followed his glorious failure."
Polar explorer-turned-author Fiennes revisits Robert Scott's ill-fated South Pole journey and counters latter-day debunkers who've set about cutting the great English hero down to size. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"A cracking account of one hazardous march, in the classic stiff-lipped style. (Author tour)"
``The world's greatest explorer'' bruises his way across Antarctica on foot, and without any external support, thank you very much. Read full book review >

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THE FEATHER MEN by Ranulph Fiennes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 1993

"Excepting this cavil and the moral ambiguities of rough justice: A marvelously entertaining account of good versus unequivocal evil. (Eight pages of photos—not seen.)"
A rousing tale of true adventure in which a homespun band of British vigilantes takes on and destroys a cabal of assassins-for- hire. Read full book review >

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AGINCOURT by Ranulph Fiennes
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"Fiennes does his ancestors justice with this fascinating and immensely readable narrative of Agincourt."
A personal history commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt by a direct descendant of nobility who fought on both sides of the battle. Read full book review >

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MAD, BAD & DANGEROUS TO KNOW by Ranulph Fiennes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Verbose, engrossing tale of old-school hazard-embracing manhood."
Obsessively detailed account of a life spent recklessly adventuring, by "the world's greatest living explorer" (according to Guinness). Read full book review >

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SIR LOFTY & SIR TUBB by Binette Schroeder
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Which is subtle and cute, though likely to pass like a satellite over most young readers' heads. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The knights and ladies of two mighty castles live in peace and harmony. Read full book review >

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YES, SIR! NO, SIR! NO EXCUSE, SIR! by Robert George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"An often affecting, if formulaic, story that's unpretentiously told."
A recounting of a man's spiritual journey from anger to inner peace. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2009

Making a brave attempt to erect an ethical framework for ambitious pranksters, Web gagmeister Hargrave (Prank the Monkey, 2007, for adults) layers common-sense principles ("A good prank is easily cleaned up, taken down, or thrown away. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 2010

"Further exploration of Chaplin's classic films, from The Kid (1921) to Modern Times (1936), is a must after finishing this colorful homage to 'the funniest man on earth.' (Biography. 10 & up)"
Fleischman's unabashed adoration for the duck-footed comedian, filmmaker and movie star effervesces from this fascinating, generously illustrated biography. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 1994

"A little more delineation of landscape, or a closer look at previous Antarctic expeditions, would have been a welcome relief from this nonstop tale of woe."
The story of an unsupported, near-lunatic, two-man trek across the Antarctic wastes becomes an occasion for Stroud (doctor and explorer) to pound his chest as he details the truly revolting putrefaction of his body and mind. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Read this then as a detailed intellectual portrait of a complex and creative scientist who nevertheless embodied the morals and principles—including the inferior position of women—of an eminent Victorian English gentleman."
Most know that Sir Francis Galton fathered the eugenics movement (he even coined the word), but, as Gillham (Biology Emeritus/Duke Univ.) makes clear in this encyclopedic biography, that was only after sterling accomplishments in sundry other fields. Read full book review >

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SIR FRANCIS DRAKE by Harry Kelsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A tour de force in every respect, and required reading for American historians and legal scholars, Kerber's new book is stunning. (30 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
A scholarly debut exposing the celebrated 16th-century English seaman, explorer, and early favorite of Queen Elizabeth's for what he truly was: a ruthless pirate, a greedy robber-merchant, and a religious bigot and hypocrite who posed as a devout Christian. Read full book review >