Search Results: "Tom Holland"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2012

"Smoothly composed history and fine scholarship."
Elegant study of the roiling era of internecine religious rivalry and epic strife that saw the nation of Islam rise and conquer. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"With its mordant depiction of a republic pursuing imperial ends while its citizens pay lip service to political values they no longer practice, Holland's gripping narrative has particularly uncomfortable resonance for contemporary American readers."
A splendid account of the death of the Roman Republic, particularly notable for the author's ability to decode the underlying beliefs that drove events. Read full book review >

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DYNASTY by Tom Holland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A vivid account of five Roman emperors, emphasizing their vices and vicious behavior with less attention to the vast empire, which continued to prosper despite them."
A decade after his award-winning life of Julius Caesar (Rubicon, 2004), veteran historian Holland (In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire, 2012, etc.) delivers biographies of five descendants who ruled after his death.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2006

"A welcome popularization of ancient history, with a nicely vengeful cliffhanger of an ending that begs for a sequel."
Why do they hate us? That's what Herodotus wanted to know, and this lively history of the Persian Wars ventures a few answers. Read full book review >

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SLAVE OF MY THIRST by Tom Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Even Dracula's epistolary style can stultify."
The author of Lord of the Dead (1995), the story of the wildly bipolar Lord Byron becoming ruler of the planet's vampires at age 19, returns with a sequel and a fresh look at London's bloodsuckers. Read full book review >

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LORD OF THE DEAD by Tom Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Attractive figures in living pasteboard, yes, but a sequel seems likely, as long as Byron still lives and longs to escape eternity. (First printing of 75,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate; Quality Paperback Book Club featured alternate; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Gothic Sturm and Drang by British scholar Holland, whose first novel tells how a 19-year-old Lord Byron becomes emperor of the planet's vampires. Read full book review >

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THE HISTORIES by Herodotus
NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 2014

"A feast for students of ancient history and budding historians of any period."
A delightful new translation of what is widely considered the first work of history and nonfiction. Read full book review >

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ANIMAL TAILS by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 2017

"A de-tail-ed look at an important adaptation across species. (Informational picture book 4-8)"
A fascinating up-close look at the many uses animals have for their tails. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2012

"The sense of wonder that infuses each simply worded chapter is contagious, and some of the photos are soooo cuuuuute. (animal and word lists) (Nonfiction. 7-9)"
The author of an adult book about uncommon animal attachments invites emergent readers to share the warm (Unlikely Friendships, 2011). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 20, 2008

"Less engaging than Rick Atkinson's The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 (2007), but still of much value to WWII buffs and generalists."
A comprehensive, anecdotal survey of the Italian campaign, with the sweep and cast of characters of a Darryl F. Zanuck epic. Read full book review >

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WHEN ALL THE WORLD WAS YOUNG by Barbara Holland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2005

"With not much about sex but a lot about gender, here's an acute narrative of how the clever Holland came to be so writerly."
Essayist and incidental feminist Holland (They Went Whistling, 2001, etc.) turns septuagenarian and, perforce, autobiographical, recounting the story of her first 18 years. Read full book review >

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THE DEVIL IN BELLMINSTER by David Holland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2002

"The progressive revelation of Tuckworth's depths, together with a sympathetic feeling for the tensions of small-town life, compensate for the inevitable serial-killer clichés: an impressive debut."
Holland's first novel begins as unassumingly as its modest protagonist, Mr. Tuckworth, Vicar of 1830s Bellminster. Read full book review >