Search Results: "Stephen R. Bown"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Plodding early on, but Bown effectively revisits the geopolitical intrigues that accrued around a now forgotten commodity."
How the chemistry of nitrogen-based compounds, crucial to the making of both explosives and fertilizer, has altered the course of history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2012

"A well-delineated, exciting history of a particularly contentious period of international trade, which persisted for centuries until Spain and Portugal grew too weak to resist and did not disappear until nations decided that oceans should be open to all."
Spanish-Portuguese quarrels, the voyages of discovery and an obscure 1494 treaty led to centuries of worldwide conflict, events all rousingly recounted here by Canada-based historian Bown (Merchant Kings: When Companies Ruled the World, 1600-1900, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"An absorbing tale of unfettered commerce."
A vivid popular history of the great commercial monopolies that helped shape the modern world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 2004

"Splendid popular history. (Illustrated throughout)"
A spirited, stimulating account of how the cure for the feared disease was found, lost, and found again. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHITE ESKIMO by Stephen R. Bown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A vivacious study that will surely revive interest in the writings of this towering explorer and ethnographer."
Canadian author Bown (The Last Viking: The Life of Roald Amundsen, 2012, etc.) fashions a thorough, insightful biography of the fearless explorer and noted writer Knud Rasmussen (1879-1933). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"A superb biography of a fiercely driven explorer who traveled across the last inaccessible areas on earth before technical advances made the journey much easier."
Bown (1494: How a Family Feud in Medieval Spain Divided the World in Half, 2012, etc.) delivers an intensely researched, thoroughly enjoyable life of one of history's best explorers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHEN SPENDER by John Sutherland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Pays fitting tribute to a man who was as admirable as he was gifted."
An excellent account of the British poet's life, particularly strong on his personality, literary friendships, and political activism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHEN FAIR by Tim Wynne-Jones
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: April 1, 1998

"An intense study in friendship and troubled family relations, in which the steadiest characters are the teenagers. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Recurrent nightmares and a strong feeling that his mother is hiding something haunt a teenager in this ethereal novel from Wynne-Jones (The Maestro, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHEN CRANE by Mark Sufrin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Biography. 12+)"
An intelligent, beautifully written portrait of ``the first great pyro-technician of the novel, [who] probably wrote more trash than any other serious novelist of his time'' (Alfred Kazin): a strait-laced Methodist minister's rebellious son, who died in 1900, at 28, after a remarkably eventful life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHEN HAWKING by Kitty Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A fascinating portrait of a complex figure who ponders the place of man and God in the universe and who still loves the 'Eureka moment of discovering something that no one knew before.'"
Ferguson (Pythagoras, 2010, etc.) brilliantly updates her 1991 children's biography of Stephen Hawking for an adult audience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1991

"B&w photos; graphs and diagrams; full source notes; bibliography; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 13+)"
Hawking is both a scientific superstar and a man widely admired for overcoming—indeed, all but ignoring—the degenerative muscular disease ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), which has robbed him of almost all movement but left his mind intact. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STEPHEN CRANE by Paul Sorrentino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Sorrentino's authoritative and sympathetic portrait revives a 'bohemian rebel' and prolific, groundbreaking writer."
Thoroughly researched biography of Stephen Crane (1871-1900), who shocked his contemporaries with raw, gritty fiction. Read full book review >