Search Results: "Zbigniew Herbert"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KING OF THE ANTS by Zbigniew Herbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 1999

"Endymion' (interpreted as a love affair that challenges class boundaries) and 'Securitas' (which deftly dramatizes the Roman Empire's paranoia) are also stand-outs in an odd little book that's simultaneously flimsy and fetchingly urbane."
Eleven retellings of classical and biblical stories, selected The King Of The Ants ($22.00; Feb. 18; 96 pp.; 0-88001-618-3): Eleven retellings of classical and biblical stories, selected from volumes published previously by the great Polish poet and essayist (1924—98) whose fondness for both quaint and curious lore and hybrid literary forms links him with the late Jorge Luis Borges. Read full book review >

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HERBERT ROWBARGE by Natalie Babbitt
Released: Nov. 15, 1982

"It's an expertly turned artifact of a story, which is not to deny its human sympathy and penetrating edge."
Why is successful Herbert Rowbarge so cold of heart, so lacking in the delight or merriment one would expect of someone so devoted to his popular amusement park and its old-fashioned merry-go-round? Read full book review >

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HERBERT HOOVER by William E. Leuchtenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"A brilliantly written cautionary tale for those who believe a hard-nosed businessman would bring a breath of fresh air to the American presidency."
Slim, thoroughly satisfying account of the president overwhelmed by the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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HERBERT HOOVER by Glen Jeansonne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A hagiographic survey of an activist president agitating on the wrong side of history. A decent resource, but readers are encouraged to also consult Charles Rappleye's Herbert Hoover in the White House (2016)."
Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) as a lifelong champion of true GOP ideals. Read full book review >

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GEORGE HERBERT WALKER BUSH by Tom Wicker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2004

"In the end, Wicker offers little more than 'a nice man with good connections': perhaps not the worst president, though the acorn doesn't fall far from the oak."
A readable life, at once respectful and critical, of Bush I, who nursed "what must have been a burning desire to become president of the United States" without formulating any particular plans for what he'd do once he got the job. Read full book review >

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HERBERT VON KARAJAN by Richard Osborne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2000

"Perhaps overlong, this gem of a biography should be the standard reference on an indisputable musical genius."
A superb biography of a great conductor who was dogged by controversy throughout his career. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Nash's well-researched reporting of Hoover's public life in 191718 should be of interest to scholars, but for the general reader, an entire volume covering two years in Hoover's life may offer more detail than they need. (41 photos, not seen)"
The third volume of Nash's definitive biography further enhances the stature of a too often disparaged great American. Read full book review >

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HERBERT HOOVER IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Charles Rappleye
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Concluding with the rise of Franklin Roosevelt, this study is finely focused and fills an important niche in presidential scholarship."
A fair-handed, surprisingly sympathetic new appraisal of the much-vilified president who was faced with the nation's plunge into the Great Depression. Read full book review >

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THE DAY DONNY HERBERT WOKE UP by Rich Blake
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2007

"The carpe-diem message resonates clearly in this moving, bittersweet account of another of life's mysterious miracles."
A brain-dead man regains consciousness to greet his family one final time. Divine intervention or medical miracle? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 1997

"This updated version of East-West geopolitics is worth taking seriously but it is also an amazing example of how a perspective can be revised without actually being rethought. (Radio satellite tour)"
The former national security advisor is still a believer in geopolitics after all these years. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 2012

"An urgent call for 'historic renewal' by one of America's sharpest minds."
Jimmy Carter's national security advisor offers an astute, elegant appraisal of the waning of America's "global appeal" and the severe consequences of the shifting of power from West to East. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1993

"A masterful, if dour, synthesis. (First serial to World Monitor)"
A brilliant and principled analysis of the perilous state of a fractious world as it approaches another millennium. Read full book review >