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Bobrick, Benson 1947-

Overview
Works: 35 works in 193 publications in 5 languages and 14,495 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Juvenile works  Personal narratives  Records and correspondence  Case studies  Biographies  Church history  Miscellanea 
Roles: Author, Other
Classifications: E208, 973.3
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Most widely held works by Benson Bobrick
Angel in the whirlwind : the triumph of the American Revolution by Benson Bobrick( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 1,791 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He thrillingly describes the major battles, from Lexington and Concord to Bunker Hill, Trenton, Saratoga, Camden, and Kings Mountain, and then the climactic siege of Yorktown when the British flag of empire was finally lowered before patriots guns. At the same time, Angel in the Whirlwind weaves together the social and political as well as the military history of the struggle into one epic tale. A variety of voices is represented: English and American, patriot and loyalist, soldier and civilian, foreign adventurer having come to aid the Revolution and German mercenary hired to serve in the army of the king. Their vivid presence brings life to every page
Wide as the waters : the story of the English Bible and the revolution it inspired by Benson Bobrick( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Next to the Bible itself, the English Bible was--and is--the most influential book ever published. The most famous of all English Bibles, the King James Version, was the culmination of centuries of work by various translators, from John Wycliffe, the fourteenth-century catalyst of English Bible translation, to the committee of scholars who collaborated on the King James translation. Wide as the Waters examines the life and work of Wycliffe and recounts the tribulations of his successors, including William Tyndale, who was martyred, Miles Coverdale, and others who came to bitter ends. It traces the story of the English Bible through the tumultuous reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth I, a time of fierce contest between Catholics and Protestants in England, as the struggle to establish a vernacular Bible was fought among competing factions. In the course of that struggle, Sir Thomas More, later made a Catholic saint, helped orchestrate the assault on the English Bible, only to find his own true faith the plaything of his king. In 1604, a committee of fifty-four scholars, the flower of Oxford and Cambridge, collaborated on the new translation for King James. Their collective expertise in biblical languages and related fields has probably never been matched, and the translation they produced--substantially based on the earlier work of Wycliffe, Tyndale, and others--would shape English literature and speech for centuries. As the great English historian Macaulay wrote of their version, "If everything else in our language should perish, it alone would suffice to show the extent of its beauty and power." To this day its common expressions, such as "labor of love," "lick the dust," "a thorn in the flesh," "the root of all evil," "the fat of the land," "the sweat of thy brow," "to cast pearls before swine," and "the shadow of death," are heard in everyday speech. The impact of the English Bible on law and society was profound. It gave every literate person access to the sacred text, which helped to foster the spirit of inquiry through reading and reflection. This, in turn, accelerated the growth of commercial printing and the proliferation of books. Once people were free to interpret the word of God according to the light of their own understanding, they began to question the authority of their inherited institutions, both religious and secular. This led to reformation within the Church, and to the rise of constitutional government in England and the end of the divine right of kings. England fought a Civil War in the light (and shadow) of such concepts, and by them confirmed the Glorious Revolution of 1688. In time, the new world of ideas that the English Bible helped inspire spread across the Atlantic to America, and eventually, like Wycliffe's sea-borne scattered ashes, all the world over, "as wide as the waters be."
East of the Sun : the epic conquest and tragic history of Siberia by Benson Bobrick( Book )

13 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and Dutch and held by 1,271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In sweep, color, and grandeur, the conquest and settlement of Siberia compares with the winning of the American West. It is the greatest pioneering story in human history, uniquely combining the heroic colonization of an intractable virgin land, the ghastly dangers and high adventure of Arctic exploration, and the grimmest saga of penal servitude in the chronicles of man. Four hundred years of continual human striving chart its course, a drama of unremitting extremes and
Testament : a soldier's story of the Civil War by Benson Bobrick( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through his letters, chronicles the firsthand experiences of a young Union Army soldier in the Civil War during which he struggled to survive harsh weather, food rationing, battle wounds, and the death of his brother
Fearful majesty : the life and reign of Ivan the Terrible by Benson Bobrick( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 1,099 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ivan the Terrible: the name evokes the legend of a cruel and dangerously insane tyrant. Fearful Majesty explores that legend and exposes the man, his nature, and his time. Benson Bobrick has written the most complete and vivid account to date of Russia under its first world-class leader"--Book jacket
Fight for freedom : the American Revolutionary War by Benson Bobrick( Book )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 979 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An illustrated, chronological account of the American Revolutionary War
Knotted tongues : stuttering in history and the quest for a cure by Benson Bobrick( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 904 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two and a half million Americans - fifty-five million people worldwide - stutter. Though their baffling malady has been subjected to endless analysis for over 2,500 years, most endure it without hope of a cure. The very anticipation of stuttering can dominate a victim's social and emotional life. If the majority suffer in anonymity, famous figures down through the ages - Moses, Charles I, Lewis Carroll, Henry James, W. Somerset Maugham, Winston Churchill, and Marilyn Monroe among them - have also known the isolation and trauma of living with knotted tongues. Indeed, Charles Dickens once aptly described stuttering as "a barrier by which the sufferer feels that the world without is separated from the world within."
The fated sky : astrology in history by Benson Bobrick( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 868 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From ancient times to the present day, astrology has captured the imagination -- is it possible that human fate is influenced by the stars? Astrologers throughout the ages have advised the powerful, from popes to presidents to royalty, and their influence can be seen as a hidden history behind the great events of the past. In The Fated Sky, historian Benson Bobrick writes the first serious history of astrology and takes a fascinating look at its origins and impact on human events. Astrology is the origin of science itself, as astronomy, mathematics, and other disciplines arose in part to make possible the calculations necessary in casting horoscopes. In earlier times, it was a science that won the respect and allegiance of the greatest thinkers and rulers of the ancient world, and eventually claimed adherents among the great astronomers of the scientific revolution -- Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton among them. Statesmen such as Churchill and de Gaulle consulted astrologers, and St. Thomas Aquinas thought astrology not incompatible with Christian doctrine. It is even said the Incas submitted to the Spanish conquistadors without a fight because their arrival coincided with an astrological prophecy. And astrology permeates our cultural consciousness, from references in the Bible and Shakespeare to expressions such as "ill-starred" or "lucky stars." Rich in historical anecdote and astrological lore, The Fated Sky shows us that while the true power of astrology may be open to debate, the belief in its power has been -- and continues to be -- an enduring and intriguing influence on history and the history of ideas."--Publisher's website
Labyrinths of iron : a history of the world's subways by Benson Bobrick( Book )

13 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and held by 807 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A passion for victory : the story of the Olympics in ancient and early modern times by Benson Bobrick( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the Olympic Games, starting with their inception in Ancient Greece and leading up to the 1936 games in Nazi Berlin
Testament by Benson Bobrick( )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2011 in English and held by 692 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Benjamin Webster ("Webb") Baker inlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and embarked on a grisly campaign marked by horrid conditions in camp and absolute hell in combat. Webb's enthusiasm for the cause was sorely tested by the thundering chaos of battle, but even that could not vanquish the patriotism which burned within him."--Container
Master of war : the life of General George H. Thomas by Benson Bobrick( Book )

7 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historian Bobrick argues here that George H. Thomas was the greatest and most successful general of the Civil War. Because Thomas didn't live to write his memoirs, his reputation has been largely shaped by others, most notably Grant and Sherman, who, Bobrick says, diminished Thomas' successes in their favor in their own memoirs. Born in Virginia, Thomas remained loyal to the Union, unlike fellow Virginian Robert E. Lee. In the entire Civil War, he never lost a battle or a movement. He was the only Union commander to destroy two Confederate armies in the field. Throughout his career, he was methodical and careful, and always prepared. Unlike Grant, he was never surprised by an enemy. Unlike Sherman, he never panicked in battle. Although historians have always regarded Thomas highly, he has never captured the public imagination, perhaps because he has lacked an outstanding biographer--until now.--From publisher description
The caliph's splendor : Islam and the West in the golden age of Baghdad by Benson Bobrick( Book )

6 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 459 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of Arab civilization under the leadership of Caliph Harun al-Rashid, the legendary caliph of "The thousand and one nights," whose actual court was nearly as splendid as the fictional one. Examines Harun's rise to power, his fostering of many cultural and scientific advances that still affect us today, the growth of the Muslim Empire under his rule, and his struggle to hold back the Byzantine forces from his kingdom
The Battle of Nashville : General George H. Thomas & the most decisive battle of the Civil War by Benson Bobrick( Book )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume profiles the career of General George H. Thomas, and his role in winning the Civil War. While the book focuses on the Battle of Nashville, it also examines his other experiences during the Civil War
Labyrinths of iron : subways in history, myth, art, technology, and war by Benson Bobrick( Book )

4 editions published between 1986 and 1994 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The making of the English Bible by Benson Bobrick( Book )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2003 in English and held by 154 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this account of the politics surrounding the translation of the Bible into vernacular languages Benson Bobrick shows that the achievement of Tyndale and other translators had a permanent influence on the English-speaking world
Parsons Brinckerhoff : the first hundred years by Benson Bobrick( Book )

4 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Master of War : the life of General George H. Thomas by Benson Bobrick( Recording )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of General George Henry Thomas, Union commander during the Civil War
East of the sun : the conquest and settlement of Siberia by Benson Bobrick( Book )

9 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ivan the Terrible by Benson Bobrick( Book )

5 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Angel in the whirlwind : the triumph of the American Revolution
Alternative Names
Bobrick, Benson

보브릭, 벤슨

ボブリック, ベンソン

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Spanish (2)

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Wide as the waters : the story of the English Bible and the revolution it inspiredEast of the Sun : the epic conquest and tragic history of SiberiaTestament : a soldier's story of the Civil WarFight for freedom : the American Revolutionary WarKnotted tongues : stuttering in history and the quest for a cureThe fated sky : astrology in historyMaster of war : the life of General George H. ThomasThe Battle of Nashville : General George H. Thomas & the most decisive battle of the Civil War