History Book Reviews (page 918)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"An absorbing and sympathetic account of a highhanded spokesman for the downtrodden. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Elegant, energetic biography of controversial Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell (1908-72), by Boston Globe reporter Haygood. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 1993

"A fin de siäcle appreciation that, for all its idiosyncratic analyses, affords much insight."
A potpourri of pronouncements on latter-day America and Europe from a commentator who's at pains to stress: ``I am a historian, not a prophet.'' Commingling entries from a journal kept during trips to and from the Continent in recent years, Hungarian emigrÇ Lukacs (The Duel, 1991; Confessions of an Original Sinner, 1990, etc.) offers provocative perspectives on the West's past as well as present. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 2, 1993

"But his account of his Party years, while a valuable document, is less probing—and no substitute for fellow Panther Elaine Brown's A Taste of Power (p. 1288). (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
Former Black Panther Party Chief-of-Staff Hilliard—responding to the 1989 death of his childhood friend and Panther founder Huey Newton—looks back at the Party and the world in which its members came of age. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Beer's fresh approach sometimes grades into obscurity, but, still, this is an erudite and forceful work, packed with the scholarship of a lifetime."
Harvard government professor Beer traces the evolution of American federalism and, with scholary zeal, reilluminates the eternal state-vs.-central-government debate. Read full book review >
OUTERCOURSE by Mary Daly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Nothing new for Daly fans, and little help to Daly scholars: Like all good preachers, Daly reveals very little of herself in the end."
Charming Daly (Feminist Ethics/Boston College; Pure Lust, 1984; Gyn/Ecology, 1978, etc.) gives us her side of the story in this ``account of my time/space travels and ideas.'' Daly has always dispensed pretty strong medicine, and in the last few years seems to have opened her own sanatorium: This book employs the same fractured vocabulary and inverted syntax that she established as her lingua franca in Gyn/Ecology. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

A compelling reconstruction of a slave-revolt conspiracy in Adams County, Mississippi, during the spring and summer of 1861— and of the grisly events that ensued after the plot was exposed. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Intriguing anecdotes of a little-known chapter of the Civil War, undermined by superficial treatment. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
A hearty, if indifferently written, celebration of women's courage under fire during the Civil War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An alum's splendid, personal tribute to an elite fighting force."
Thanks to its rigorous training and discipline, which engenders esprit as well as confidence bordering on cocksureness, the US Marine Corps ranks among the world's greatest fraternities. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Still: a valuable contribution to the history of the period, and an absorbing self-portrait. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Fascinating and unusually (though not completely) frank insider's account of Kremlin politics during the Gorbachev era. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Still, he indicates important avenues for study, and frames an intelligent approach for addressing the social and economic trauma of black America."
Here, Billingsley (Sociology/Univ. of Maryland; Black Families in White America—not reviewed) challenges the worth of studies of dysfunctional black families. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

An erstwhile alarmist's reassessment of the socioeconomic threat posed by Japan in the wake of its recent success. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"As compelling and revelatory an account of the Gulf War as has yet been published."
A journalist's haunting, beautifully written record of the eventful time he spent in the Middle East before, during, and after the Gulf War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >