A thorough study of the roots, convictions, and significance of Israel's radical right-wing parties and movements. Sprinzak (Political Science/Jerusalem's Hebrew Univ.) leaves no stone unturned here—from the ancient stones of archaeology to the contemporary ones thrown by the Intifada to the cornerstone-in- waiting of the Temple Mount Faithful messianists. He underlines the irony of the Radical Right's emergence in a land of passionate secular democracy, yet convincingly places phenomena like the Gush Emunim (Block of the Faithful) settlers' movement at the strategic high country of Israel's political and geographic heartland. With all the old enthusiasm and influence of the kibbutzniks, the Radical Right, he argues, must be seen as the ``new Zionists'' who have penetrated the establishment Likud and National Religious Party and not just as the fringe groups behind the small ultranationalist parties. While the ``quasi-fascist'' groups like Meier Kahane's Kach party are given points for their biblically oriented ideological consistency, Sprinzak is more critical of the secular ultranationalist parties that evoke Ben Gurion's own shrill calls for settling everywhere and ``transferring'' disloyal Arabs. Born of the euphoric Six-Day War and the traumatic ``retreat'' of the Camp David accords, the Radical Right's fixation on keeping and settling Judea and Samaria is the author's pivotal issue here. Sprinzak provides unprecedented coverage of the movement that he believes will either be pushed painfully to the sidelines or will slowly and legally transform Israel into a theocratic constitutional monarchy.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1991

ISBN: 0-19-505086-X

Page Count: 320

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 1991

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Possibly inspired by the letters Cleary has received as a children's author, this begins with second-grader Leigh Botts' misspelled fan letter to Mr. Henshaw, whose fictitious book itself derives from the old take-off title Forty Ways W. Amuse a Dog. Soon Leigh is in sixth grade and bombarding his still-favorite author with a list of questions to be answered and returned by "next Friday," the day his author report is due. Leigh is disgruntled when Mr. Henshaw's answer comes late, and accompanied by a set of questions for Leigh to answer. He threatens not to, but as "Mom keeps nagging me about your dumb old questions" he finally gets the job done—and through his answers Mr. Henshaw and readers learn that Leigh considers himself "the mediumest boy in school," that his parents have split up, and that he dreams of his truck-driver dad driving him to school "hauling a forty-foot reefer, which would make his outfit add up to eighteen wheels altogether. . . . I guess I wouldn't seem so medium then." Soon Mr. Henshaw recommends keeping a diary (at least partly to get Leigh off his own back) and so the real letters to Mr. Henshaw taper off, with "pretend," unmailed letters (the diary) taking over. . . until Leigh can write "I don't have to pretend to write to Mr. Henshaw anymore. I have learned to say what I think on a piece of paper." Meanwhile Mr. Henshaw offers writing tips, and Leigh, struggling with a story for a school contest, concludes "I think you're right. Maybe I am not ready to write a story." Instead he writes a "true story" about a truck haul with his father in Leigh's real past, and this wins praise from "a real live author" Leigh meets through the school program. Mr. Henshaw has also advised that "a character in a story should solve a problem or change in some way," a standard juvenile-fiction dictum which Cleary herself applies modestly by having Leigh solve his disappearing lunch problem with a burglar-alarmed lunch box—and, more seriously, come to recognize and accept that his father can't be counted on. All of this, in Leigh's simple words, is capably and unobtrusively structured as well as valid and realistic. From the writing tips to the divorced-kid blues, however, it tends to substitute prevailing wisdom for the little jolts of recognition that made the Ramona books so rewarding.

Pub Date: Aug. 22, 1983

ISBN: 143511096X

Page Count: 133

Publisher: Morrow/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1983

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