Search Results: "Stephen R. Bown"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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GUESS WHOSE SHADOW? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"3-5)."
Swinburne sets out to teach young children about how shadows are created, describing night as a shadow on the earth, and giving children tangible reasons for why shadows vary in size, shape, and location. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1999

"Brandenburg's striking full-color photographs of wolves in the wild and in captivity turn an already informative work into a glossy tribute to a majestic animal. (map, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the Scientists in the Field series, a title that documents those who have championed the much-maligned wolf, and the science used to dispute claims of ranchers and farmers that wolves threaten cattle and sheep. Read full book review >

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DAUGHTER OF REGALS by Stephen R. Donaldson
Released: April 12, 1984

"Hardworking, mannered, and fairly ordinary overall, but Donaldson fans will pounce—and even non-fans may be mildly, pleasantly surprised."
Eight tales, 1978-83, including six reprints—and a reasonably varied if sometimes poorly thought-out bunch. Read full book review >

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AVALON by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Pleasant but far from gripping, with the necessary inference that Lawhead's purpose is more agitprop than storytelling."
Historical/futuristic Arthuriana from the author of Grail, 1997, etc. In the not-too-distant future, Britain's drunken reprobate King Edward IX blows out his brains in a villa on Madeira. Read full book review >

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THE IRON LANCE by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Familiar fare for Lawhead fans, watery gruel for outsiders or newcomers."
Historical fantasy and first of a "generational epic," so the publisher informs us, from Lawhead (Byzantium,1996, etc.), etc. Things get off to a poor start as Lawhead employs a trite, clumsy framing device. Read full book review >

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BYZANTIUM by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Far-fetched but often engrossing, with plenty of plot twists despite Lawhead's sometimes shaky grip on the details: Worthwhile for Lawhead regulars and historical-fantasy fans alike."
A new venture from the author of the Pendragon Cycle (The Endless Knot, 1993, etc.), though here the fantasy elements— ghosts, angels, some prophetic dreams—are all but imperceptible. Read full book review >