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Hart-Davis, Duff

Overview
Works: 72 works in 275 publications in 2 languages and 6,430 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Fiction  Diaries  Manuscripts  Encyclopedias  Records and correspondence  Sources  Military history 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Classifications: PR6058.A6949, 823.914
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Most widely held works about Duff Hart-Davis
 
Most widely held works by Duff Hart-Davis
Hitler's games : the 1936 Olympics by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 889 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In August 1939, the Nazis audaciously achieved a propaganda triumph by staging the Olympic Games. Massive efforts had been undertaken to camouflage the evil nature of the regime from the visitors who streamed into the capital: anti-Semitic slogans were removed from walls and roadsides, and orders were issued to everyone to treat all guests civilly, "even if they look like Jews." Every sign of racial, religious, or political persecution was temporarily hidden. Not one visitor in a hundred realized that even as the Olympics were taking place, the concentration camp at Oranienburg, scarcely half an hour's journey from the splendid new Olympic stadium, was filled with Jews, socialists, Roman Catholics, Freemasons, and other anti-Nazis. This absorbing account skillfully evokes the social and political tensions of the period leading up to the Games and then dramatically re-creates, day by day, the events themselves. Heated debate had raged on both side of the Atlantic as to whether or not the Olympiad should be boycotted. But warnings about the true nature of Hitler's actions and intentions were consistently ignored both by governments and by the National Olympic Committees. At the games, eruptions of nationalistic fervor, the overtly militaristic nature of the ceremonies, and crowning all, the impact made by the magnificent 22-year-old Jesse Owens--all these are vividly described, with much hitherto unknown detail. The 1936 Olympic Games were the first (though unfortunately not the last) to be deliberately exploited for political ends. It is sobering to remember that three years later the youthful athletes who can still be seen in Leni Riefenstahl's famous film were facing each other on the battlefields of history's most destructive war. -- Publisher description
Audubon's elephant : America's greatest naturalist and the making of The birds of America by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Audubon's Elephant was the nickname given to John James Audubon's masterpiece, The Birds of America--an oversized folio of 435 life-size ornithological prints that remains to this day the most compelling depiction of bird life in the United States. Born in Haiti and raised in France, Audubon spent much of his adult life as a struggling American businessman on the frontier, where his obsession with birds nearly brought him to financial ruin. In 1826, his ambitious project was also in a precarious position--his folio remained unfinished, without an American publisher willing to fund it. Had Audubon not set sail for England, his artistic triumph might easily have turned into failure"--Publisher's description
Ascension; the story of a South Atlantic island by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

15 editions published between 1972 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bleak, volcanic island of Ascension, 800 miles from its nearest neighbour St Helena, was described by a Victorian naval officer as 'one of the strangest places on the face of the earth'. It is still exceedingly odd. Uninhabited when it was taken over by the British in 1815, it was an almost perfect natural vacuum - a triangular heap of lava and ash. When the Royal Marines brought in plants and animals, some flourished, others died. Tropical forest now clothes the peak of Green Mountain, and feral donkeys haunt the plains. As sea birds swarm around the coast, radar stations monitor space from the tops of rust-red cinder cones, and primeval, giant green turtles lumber up the beaches to nest. The island's history is short but extraordinar
Level five by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip de Laszlo : his life and art by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philip de László (1869-1937) was the pre-eminent portrait artist working in Britain between 1907 and 1937. He painted nearly 3,000 portraits, including kings and queens, four American presidents and countless members of the European nobility. There has been no biography of him since 1939, and this new account of both his life and his work draws on previously untapped material from the family archive of over 15,000 documents. It establishes the intrinsic importance of his art and re-positions him alongside his great contemporaries John Singer Sargent, Sir John Lavery and Giovanni Boldini. Born into a humble family in Budapest in 1869 he was ennobled by the Emperor Franz Joseph and from 1912 became known as Philip de László. From an early age he was driven by an unshakable vocation to succeed as an artist. He studied in Budapest, Munich and Paris, soon turning to portraiture as his vocation, and in 1894 received his first important commission from the royal family of Bulgaria, followed in 1899 by the Emperor Franz Joseph and, in 1900, Pope Leo XIII
The war that never was : the true story of the men who fought Britain's most secret battle by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the fascinating story of a secret war fought by British mercenaries in the Yemen in the early 1960s
Peter Fleming : a biography by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

13 editions published between 1974 and 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

King's counsellor : abdication and war : the diaries of Sir Alan Lascelles by Alan Lascelles( Book )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These long-awaited diaries of Sir Alan 'Tommy' Lascelles, now published by permission of Her Majesty the Queen, throw new light on the way in which King George VI and his Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, worked together during the Second World War." "Among numerous other revelations, the author describes how he personally stopped monarch and politician sailing on board the lead cruiser during operation 'Overlord', the D-Day attack on the French coast in June 1944. He also tells, for the first time, the full story of his own sudden elevation to the post of the King's principal Private Secretary, in place of Sir Alec Hardinge, in July 1943. Yet it is the war, seen from the commanding heights of Buckingham Palace and No. 10 Downing Street, that dominates these journals. King's Counsellor gives an unique picture of the royal family in action at a critical period in the life of the nation."--Jacket
Fauna Britannica : the practical guide to wild & domestic creatures of Britain by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Horses of war by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

2 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

End of an era : letters and journals of Sir Alan Lascelles, 1887-1920 by Alan Lascelles( Book )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Our land at war by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 189 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The real stories of how the people of Britain's countryside fought from home and changed their country forever in the time of greatest need. In England, Scotland and Wales, the Second World War dragged rural communities out of their former environment and changed their lives forever. Whilst urban people were liable to have their homes destroyed by bombs, rural folk had their territory invaded: evacuee children were dumped on them by the thousand, land was arbitrarily taken for airfields and other military installations, prisoner-of-war camps brought captured enemy to close quarters. Cornwall was closed to outsiders for a time, as was the whole of north-west Scotland, which was used for Commando training and became a Protected Area. The Government subjected farmers to draconian regulations about what crops they might or might not grow. The results often involved severe clashes of culture and a remarkable effort of resourcefulness. Drawing on anecdotes from diaries, letters, books, official records and interviews Duff Hart-Davies conveys something of the strangeness of the changes wrought in Britain by these odd combinations of hardship and farce. Nostalgic, amusing and filled with warm human detail, A Land at War is a living history - a rich, textured account of the profound changes to ordinary rural lives produced by an extraordinary time
Audubon's elephant by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The last time a complete copy of John James Audubon's The Birds of America came up for sale, in March 2000, it fetched the staggering price of $8.8 million. Such is the fame and rarity value of the mightiest work of ornithological illustration ever published." "Illegitimate, half-French, half-American, poorly educated and chronically short of money, but obsessed with birds, Audubon came to England in 1826 to find a publisher for his paintings. He insisted that they must be reproduced on double-elephant folio paper - sheets almost 40 inches by 30 - so that even the largest species could be represented at life size; no one in America had been prepared to tackle such a gigantic task." "Landing in Liverpool, he was befriended by the Rathbones, a prominent family of merchant traders who launched him into society. With his luxuriant chestnut hair, his good looks and flamboyant woodsman's clothes, he immediately attracted attention; and he made a still greater hit among the teeming intellectuals of Edinburgh who were astonished by the vigour and violence of his pictures. Even so, it took him twelve years of remitting effort and seven more Atlantic crossings, to bring his great project to fruitation. Only his superhuman endurance and determination carried him through." "This study by Duff Hart-Davis records the genesis and gestation of the double-elephant folio, and uses contemporary sources to illuminate an extraordinary character - a man of many parts, who thought nothing of walking fifty miles in a day, who amazed his English hosts by eating tomatoes raw, and who painted with outstanding power and delicacy. In all, the double-elephant folio ran to four volumes and illustrated 435 different birds. Today only 120 copies of The Birds of America remain intact, but every one is a fitting memorial of the genius who created them."--BOOK JACKET
Man of war by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain Alan Hillgarth was just 15 years old when he found himself aboard the HMS Bacchante as World War I broke out. Within months he'd fought at Gallipoli, bayoneted an attacking Turkish soldier, and been shot in the head and leg. Such was the preamble to an extraordinary career, and a fascinating life
The gold trackers by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

5 editions published between 1970 and 1972 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The house the Berrys built by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

15 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Armada by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The heights of Rimring by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

8 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in English and Danish and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A RETIRED BRITISH AGENT MUST GET TO A MONASTERY IN TIBET WHERE AN AMERICAN GENERAL WITH A BROKEN BACK IS IN POSSESSION OF AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT
Spider in the morning; a suspense novel by Duff Hart-Davis( Book )

5 editions published between 1972 and 1973 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In royal service : the letters and journals of Sir Alan Lascelles 1920-1936, volume II by Alan Lascelles( Book )

5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Audubon's elephant : America's greatest naturalist and the making of The birds of America
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Philip de Laszlo : his life and artThe war that never was : the true story of the men who fought Britain's most secret battleKing's counsellor : abdication and war : the diaries of Sir Alan LascellesFauna Britannica : the practical guide to wild & domestic creatures of BritainAudubon's elephant
Alternative Names
Davis, Duff H.- 1936-

Davis Duff Hart-

Davis, Duff Hart 1936-

Duff Hart-Davis British writer

Duff Hart-Davis Brits journalist (1936-)

Duff Hart-Davis escritor británico

Hart-Davis, Duff

ハート・デイヴィス, ダフ

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English (160)

Danish (2)