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Matthews, Richard

Works: 27 works in 139 publications in 3 languages and 5,664 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Political fiction  History  Juvenile works  Satire  Popular works  Dystopian fiction  Children's audiobooks  Science fiction  Action and adventure fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Editor, Director
Classifications: PR6029.R8, 823.912
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Richard Matthews
The absolute violation : why torture must be prohibited by Richard Matthews( )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 1,530 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"State torture has found an increasing number of defenders in law, philosophy, and public policy. Their defences often ignore the empirical literature on torture and thus misunderstand its nature and the damage it does, as well as accepting the illusory benefits it promises." "Richard Matthews challenges the increasing acceptability of state-sponsored torture interrogation, repudiating any possible justifications. He confronts its various supporters - ticking time bomb and tragic choice theorists, utilitarians, legal scholars - and draws from philosophy, medicine, psychiatry, survivor and torturer narratives, history, feminism, the experience of working intelligence officials, anthropology, and game theory to illustrate that no moral justification for torture can be supported."--Jacket
A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson( Recording )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 955 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Bryson has been an enormously popular author both for his travel books and for his books on the English language. Now, this beloved comic genius turns his attention to science. Showing us how scientists get from observations to ideas and theories is Bryson's aim, and he succeeds brilliantly. It is an adventure of the mind, as exciting as any of Bryson's terrestrial journeys
1984 by George Orwell( Recording )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three great powers. Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia, each perpetually at war with the other. Throughout Oceania, 'The Party' rules by the agency of four ministries, whose power is absolute -- the Ministry of Peace, which deals with war, the Ministry of Love (headquarters of the dreaded Thought Police), which deals with law and order, the Ministry of Plenty, which deals in scarcities, and the Ministry of Truth which deals with propaganda. The authorities keep a check on every action, word, gesture or thought."
The princes of Ireland : [the Dublin saga] by Edward Rutherfurd( Recording )

8 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters (druids and chieftains, monks and smugglers, noblewomen and farmwives, merchants and mercenaries, rebels and cowards) we see centuries of Ireland's history through the lens of its greatest city
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas( Recording )

10 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Count of Monte Cristo", a bestseller since its initial publication, is the story of a daring prison break, a tale of betrayal and redemption, and a swashbuckling romance. Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is falsely accused of treason by a jealous rival and thrown into a dark prison cell for fourteen years. Written in Dumas's oft-imitated style of adventure and suspense and filled with vivid details of post-Napoleonic France, "The Count of Monte Cristo" continues to dazzle with its thrilling and memorable scenes, including Dantès' miraculous escape from the dreadful Château d'If, his amazing discovery of a vast hidden treasure, and his transformation into a man whose astonishing thirst for vengeance is as cruel as it is just
Africa's animal oasis by National Geographic( Visual )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in English and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater provides favorable conditions for African flora and wildlife
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson( Recording )

5 editions published between 1988 and 2002 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young man, Jim Hawkins, encounters tales of buried treasure while working at his father's tavern. This is a classic tale of piracy and unforgettable treachery on the high seas and secret islands
Nightmares of nature by Richard Matthews( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the fear of a dozen fierce animals, including lions, grizzly bears, snakes, and killer whales
The piano tuner by Daniel Mason( Recording )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2011 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fiction debut that tells the story of a British piano tuner sent deep into Burma in the 19th century
Winston Churchill by John Keegan( Recording )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eminent historian John Keegan charts Churchill's career, following his steadfast leadership during the catastrophic events of World War II while England was dangerously poised on the brink of collapse. With wonderful eloquence, Keegan illuminates Churchill's incredible strength during this crucial moment in history and his unshakable belief that democracy would always prevail. Keegan looks at Churchill's speeches, which are some of the greatest examples of English oratory
Fairy tales by H. C Andersen( Recording )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New translation of thirty Hans Christian Andersen tales including early stories through poignant masterpieces to later tales for adults
Intelligence in war : knowledge of the enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda by John Keegan( Recording )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Author of some twenty penetrating books on military history, the eminent historian John Keegan turns his considerable gifts on the history of military intelligence. Although intimate knowledge of an enemy has played a role in almost every historical conflict, intelligence is often underdeveloped, misused, and misunderstood. Keegan examines a range of war experiences to show why intelligence is not always a critical element in great battles. With sensitivity and narrative verve, Keegan recounts crucial military incidents where intelligence has played a part, including Horatio Nelson's misguided chase of the French fleet up and down the Mediterranean, Stonewall Jackson's remarkable campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, and the nail-biting endeavor to crack the Enigma ciphers during World War II"--Container
Deception by Denise Mina( Recording )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lachlan Harriot, a man who refuses to believe his wife, Susie, is a killer--even though she had been working with Andrew Gow, a paroled serial killer, as his court-appointed psychologist, when she was found covered in blood near the spot where his and his wife's bodies were discovered. Desperate to clear his wife's name, Lachlan searches her home office for proof of her innocence. What he finds in this formerly off-limits place is an unimaginable world that makes him question his wife and their life together. But something continues to trouble him, and he, believing that this is where the truth lies, follows his hunch beyond all reason and hope
The laments : [a novel] by George Hagen( Recording )

5 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in English and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constantly moving -- from South Africa to the Persian Gulf to Rhodesia to England, and ultimately to suburban New Jersey -- the Laments are a quirky and lovable family who live by the motto "anywhere but here." The main character, Will Lament, whom the Laments take home from the hospital as a result of a bizarre mix-up in a hospital, grows up feeling that he doesn't belong. For after all, there is his father, an idealistic engineer; his mother, a woman of indomitable spirit with a passion for Shakespeare; and his twin brothers Marcus and Julius who are nothing but trouble. What makes this quirky family so universal is Will's search for identity and the Laments' unwieldy love for one another -- even in the most difficult of times
Obsession by Katherine Sutcliffe( Recording )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Defying his family, Trey Hawthorne plans to wed Maria, but she mysteriously vanishes before he has a chance to ask her. After tirelessly searching for her, Trey gives up hope and reverts to his old ways. But, at last, chance leads him to her--but the devastating truth behind her disappearance might prove more than he can bear. As he fights to rescue his beautiful Maria from a life of torment, Trey wonders if in saving her, he will also finally save himself--or if the fight will cost him everything
The rebels of Ireland : the Dublin saga by Edward Rutherfurd( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edward Rutherfurd's stirring account of Irish history concludes in this magisterial work of historical fiction. Beginning where The Princes of Ireland left off, The Rebels of Ireland takes listeners into a world transformed by the English practice of 'plantation,' which represented the final step in the centuries-long British conquest of Ireland. Once again Rutherfurd takes listeners inside the process of history by tracing the lives of several Dublin families from all strata of society
Teller of tales : the life of Arthur Conan Doyle by Daniel Stashower( Recording )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 83 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, the 19th century physician, portraying him as more than the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He wrote historical novels, he ran for parliament, he served as a medical officer in the Boer War and he crusaded for spiritualism
Cochrane : [the life and exploits of a fighting captain] by Robert Harvey( Recording )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the life of the young man who rose from midshipman to admiral, becoming second only to Nelson among the heroes of the Royal Navy
Animal farm by George Orwell( Recording )

5 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Farm animals rebel against their drunken human master. But when the pigs assert their superiority over the rest of the animals, appending to the idealist principle that "all animals are equal" the insidious coda that "some animals are more equal than others," the farm is headed for disaster. The pigs' cynical grab of power eventually leads to the liquidation of those who believed most in the revolution, and the cycle of desolation comes full-circle
King cobra by Romulus Whitaker( Visual )

6 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follow the King Cobra on its journey through the Indian rain forest seeking food and a mate
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Matthews Richard S.

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A short history of nearly everything1984The princes of Ireland : [the Dublin saga]The Count of Monte CristoNightmares of natureThe piano tunerFairy talesIntelligence in war : knowledge of the enemy from Napoleon to Al-Qaeda