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Read, Piers Paul 1941-

Works: 148 works in 791 publications in 23 languages and 22,364 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Didactic fiction  Biography  Religious fiction  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator
Classifications: PR6068.E25, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Piers Paul Read
Most widely held works by Piers Paul Read
Alive; the story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read( Book )

74 editions published between 1974 and 2012 in 14 languages and held by 4,084 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On February 13, 1972, a Fairchild F-227 of the Uruguayan Air Force crashed with a rugby team and twenty-five of the friends and relatives aboard
The Templars by Piers Paul Read( Book )

72 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 10 languages and held by 1,815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The dramatic history of the knights templar. The most powerful military order of the crusades"--Cover
Ablaze : the story of the heroes and victims of Chernobyl by Piers Paul Read( Book )

23 editions published between 1993 and 1995 in 4 languages and held by 1,702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Early on the morning of April 26, 1986, the nuclear reactor at the fourth unit of the V.I. Lenin power station at Chernobyl exploded. In the terror and panic that followed, an engineer grabbed a dosimetrist to ask for a radiation level and was told it was off the dial. "With a dread feeling in his heart, Sasha Yuvchenko at last realized that they were all almost certainly doomed to die ..." Piers Paul Read's enthralling account of this disaster and its aftermath is filled with acts of courage - as well as bumbling confusion, secrecy, lies and cover-ups. To chronicle the catastrophe, he interviewed the engineers and operators who were on duty during the fateful test that was being conducted on the night of April 25; talked to the director of the power station, who was serving a ten-year sentence for negligence; and visited the hitherto top-secret institutes once run by Beria's Ministry of Medium Machine Building: the Kurchatov Institute, Moscow's Hospital No. 6 and the once-closed city of Obninsk. This is the first account to take advantage of the declassification of nuclear information in the former Soviet Union and the loosening of tongues that followed the failure of the coup in 1991. The author also gained access to the transcripts of the trial of the Chernobyl reactor operators, as well as the protocol of the previously secret Medical Commission, and other confidential reports. In the years that followed the accident, the trauma of Chernobyl became a major factor in the fall of Communism in the Soviet Union. The government covered up the deficiencies in the reactor's design, deceiving Western experts in Vienna and making scapegoats of the personnel, but, because of the accident, the Russian people had lost faith in the system. Now, seven years later, despite the reassurance of some experts, others still believe that Chernobyl may ultimately claim more victims than did World War II, and relocation continues from contaminated areas in Russia, Belo-russia and the Ukraine. Ablaze: The Story of the Heroes and Victims of Chernobyl is the definitive account of the greatest environmental disaster in the history of mankind
The train robbers by Piers Paul Read( Book )

20 editions published between 1978 and 2013 in 5 languages and held by 1,059 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Het verhaal van de overval op de posttrein in Engeland in 1963 gereconstrueerd aan de hand van gesprekken met de overvallers
The free Frenchman by Piers Paul Read( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,032 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bertrand de Roujay, a French Catholic aristocrat and civil servant, joins de Gaulle in London when France falls. His adventures are interspersed with the often tragic experiences of his family and friends who remain in France
Alice in exile by Piers Paul Read( Book )

23 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alice Fry, a free-thinking woman who is rejected by Edward Cobb, the eligible son of an ambitious baronet, builds a new life for herself in Russia during the Russian Revolution and World War I
Alec Guinness : the authorized biography by Piers Paul Read( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 916 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait based on access to the late actor's personal writings offers insight into his experiences as a soldier in World War II, his stage and film achievements, and his fiercely private personal life
A married man : a novel by Piers Paul Read( Book )

32 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Polonaise : a novel by Piers Paul Read( Book )

31 editions published between 1976 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novel about a proud, aristocratic Polish family in the 1920s and the struggle of the young son and daughter who become easy prey to the communist line
A season in the West by Piers Paul Read( Book )

32 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 784 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Da Laura møder den tjekkiske forfatter Josef, ser hun en chance for spændende afveksling i sin pæne, kedelige tilværelse med mand og tre børn
The Villa Golitsyn : a novel by Piers Paul Read( Book )

25 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 686 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
The Dreyfus affair : the scandal that tore France in two by Piers Paul Read( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Captain Alfred Dreyfus was a rising star in the French artillery command. Reserved yet intelligent and ambitious, Dreyfus had everything: a family, money, and a clear path to a prestigious post. However, Dreyfus also had enemies, especially within the impoverished aristocracy, who disliked him because he was rich, bourgeois, and, above all, a Jew. On the basis of flimsy evidence, he was arrested for high treason, and sentenced to life on the legendary, lethal Devil's Island. The saga of Dreyfus's many trials--he was not exonerated until 1906, twelve years after first being arrested--the fight to free him, and the intrigues on both sides, is a fast-moving mystery story rife with heroes and villains, loose women, loyal wives, bisexual men, tricksters, and charlatans. The anti-Semitism and deceit on display in the Dreyfus case was an ominous prelude to the Holocaust and the long, bloody twentieth century to come. The Dreyfus scandal still has much to teach us, and prizewinning novelist, biographer, and narrative historian Piers Paul Read brings this real-life morality tale alive for a new generation.--From publisher description
The professor's daughter by Piers Paul Read( Book )

37 editions published between 1971 and 1985 in 7 languages and held by 647 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satirisk roman fra amerikanske akademiske kredse
On the third day by Piers Paul Read( Book )

16 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and Spanish and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om politieke redenen zet Israël de opgraving van het skelet van Jezus in scène
The patriot by Piers Paul Read( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A spy thriller featuring Russian agent Andrei Serotkin and Francesca McDermott, an American art historian. They become involved in a plot to hijack an exhibition of paintings in Germany and hold it for ransom. The plot is part of a scheme by diehard Communists to regain power in Russia. By the author of Ablaze
Monk Dawson by Piers Paul Read( Book )

28 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om en ung mand der, efter en katolsk kostskoleopdragelse, opgiver livet blandt andre mennesker og ender i et trappistkloster
The upstart by Piers Paul Read( Book )

30 editions published between 1973 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Junkers; a novel by Piers Paul Read( Book )

39 editions published between 1968 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Om den tyske landadel under og efter 2. verdenskrig
Scarpia by Piers Paul Read( Book )

6 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is the late 18th century and Sicilian nobleman Vitello Scarpia finds himself penniless and in disgrace on the streets of Rome. After leaving his home in pursuit of a military career, his fiery passion has seen him expelled from the Spanish royal guard and left to seek his fortune in Italy; a fortune inseparably bound to the Pope, whose rule is put in question by the French Revolution. Scarpia enrolls in the papal army and is soon taken up by a countess eager to have a handsome young officer at her side. She introduces Scarpia into Roman society, and he is both enthralled and agitated by its mix of religiosity, sophistication, decadence, and intrigue. Then, on a mission to Venice, he meets the gifted, beautiful singer Floria Tosca. And as the armies of revolutionary France advance into Italy, and war and revolution engulf the whole peninsula, these two lives become entwined."--Provided by publisher
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Alive; the story of the Andes survivors
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The TemplarsAblaze : the story of the heroes and victims of ChernobylAlice in exileAlec Guinness : the authorized biographyA married man : a novelPolonaise : a novelThe Villa Golitsyn : a novelThe Dreyfus affair : the scandal that tore France in two