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Read, Piers Paul 1941-

Works: 174 works in 1,073 publications in 20 languages and 22,196 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Didactic fiction  Historical fiction  Biography  Religious fiction  Domestic fiction  Romance fiction  Political fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator
Classifications: PR6068.E25, 823.914
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Alive; the story of the Andes survivors by Piers Paul Read( Book )

83 editions published between 1974 and 2016 in 6 languages and held by 3,777 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 )

76 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 9 languages and held by 1,747 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 )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 1,366 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 free Frenchman by Piers Paul Read( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 971 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
The train robbers by Piers Paul Read( Book )

30 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in 10 languages and held by 938 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
Alice in exile by Piers Paul Read( Book )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 907 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 )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 854 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 )

35 editions published between 1979 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Each August barrister John Strickland leaves London for his annual holiday at his wife's family home in Norfolk. But this year he reads something that changes him for good and within months he has become a socialist MP and adulterer, but he is forever a married man
Polonaise : a novel by Piers Paul Read( Book )

30 editions published between 1976 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 759 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stefan sees his sister disappearing into the hayloft with Stets, a banker old enough to be her father, but her sacrifice is not enough and the family are turned off their lands. In Warsaw, Krystyna is practical to the last, but Stefan dreams of revenge on a long line of men like Stets
A season in the West by Piers Paul Read( Book )

33 editions published between 1988 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 729 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 Dreyfus affair : the scandal that tore France in two by Piers Paul Read( Book )

8 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 725 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 Villa Golitsyn : a novel by Piers Paul Read( Book )

26 editions published between 1981 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
On the third day by Piers Paul Read( Book )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2017 in English and Spanish and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The discovery of a skeleton of a crucified man that could be that of Jesus Christ causes a crisis among members of the church hierarchy and the suicide of a distinguished professor of biblical archaeology
Scarpia by Piers Paul Read( Book )

13 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 641 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
The professor's daughter by Piers Paul Read( Book )

39 editions published between 1971 and 1985 in 6 languages and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Satirisk roman fra amerikanske akademiske kredse
Monk Dawson by Piers Paul Read( Book )

30 editions published between 1969 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 578 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
The upstart by Piers Paul Read( Book )

30 editions published between 1973 and 1996 in 4 languages and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The clever son of a humble vicar, Hilary falls in love with the aristocratic Harriet Metherall and believes his love returned. When his illusions are casually shattered, he turns to a life of depravity, discovering that corruption makes him rich and powerful enough to forget the Metheralls
The Junkers; a novel by Piers Paul Read( Book )

40 editions published between 1968 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Englishman sits drinking coffee outside a small cafe in Berlin. Across the road, a beautiful woman is chatting animatedly to an elderly man. Some months later, the Englishman finds himself face to face with Suzi von Rummelsberg, but the secrets of her family are even more seductive than she is
Alive : sixteen men, seventy-two days, and insurmountable odds-- the classic adventure of survival in the Andes by Piers Paul Read( Book )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 417 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the ordeal of the survivors of an airplane crash in 1972 in the Andes wilderness in which over half of the forty-five passengers died, discussing the challenges the men faced during their ten weeks in the shelter of the plane's fuselage without supplies and with little hope of rescue
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Audience level: 0.29 (from 0.15 for Alive; the ... to 0.78 for Redeeming ...)

Alive; the story of the Andes survivors
The TemplarsAblaze : the story of the heroes and victims of ChernobylAlice in exileAlec Guinness : the authorized biographyA married man : a novelPolonaise : a novelThe Dreyfus affair : the scandal that tore France in twoThe Villa Golitsyn : a novel
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