History Book Reviews (page 918)

MAXIMILIAN AND JUAREZ by Jasper Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"Eight-page photo insert—not seen)."
Impressively researched but flatfooted history of Mexico's mid-19th-century struggles for independence, as personified by the main antagonists, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and the Zapotec Indian Benito Ju†rez. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 1992

"Popular history of a high order, on a subject of great contemporary significance."
An excellent history of Arab culture and politics, emphasizing modern manifestations of traditional behavior, by Mackey (Lebanon, 1989). Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"A thorough, temperate account—yet Bates satisfies our intellects without providing quite enough drama to stir our hearts. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Bates (former senior editor at The Los Angeles Times) sifts through evidence from the 1970 bombing of the Army Math Research Center at the University of Wisconsin, building up a portrait of the radicalization of the bombers and describing how the explosion- -which took the life of a talented young physicist—ironically defused and disheartened the already flickering radical-left movement of the 60's. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1992

"An intriguing study of a central figure in the American imagination. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Daniel Boone's name has been synonymous with the American frontier ever since a highly colored narrative of his exploits appeared in John Filson's Kentucke (1784)—when Boone was still alive. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"But considering the depth of feeling on all sides exposed by his research, one wonders how peace will ever reign in Israel."
An unsympathetic exploration of Israel's expansionist movements, by Village Voice staff-writer Friedman (The False Prophet, 1990). Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"A hitherto hidden history revealed in all its glory."
Companion volume to a PBS documentary on the 761st Tank Battalion, which led the Allied advance in WW II Europe and helped liberate Dachau and Buchenwald. Read full book review >
COLIN POWELL by Howard Means
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"The nation's first soldier deserves and eventually will get a better Boswell. (The labored text has photographs—not seen.)"
A barely serviceable briefing on the incumbent chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Whether nonspecialists will take much interest in Gray's informed—albeit donnish and often murky—analyses, though, is quite another story."
A think-tank intellectual's persuasive, if tedious, reminder that sea power confers decisive military superiority—even in an era marked by advances in aerospace, ballistic, electronic, nuclear, submarine, and allied technologies. Read full book review >
LATINOS by Earl Shorris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Wide-ranging, groundbreaking, opinionated, and very important."
Personal, impassioned overview of the fastest growing minority in the US. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A warm and fitting tribute that provides an excellent examination of the development of Marshall's jurisprudence. (Twenty-four pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An affectionate and engaging biography of the ``rumpled bear of a man'' who served as the liberal conscience of the Supreme Court, and as its first African-American justice, from 1967 until his retirement last year. Read full book review >
JFK by Nigel Hamilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A well-rounded, compelling biography that points the way for future scholars and will leave readers eager for Hamilton's planned future volumes on JFK. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Perhaps the most revealing biography yet of Jack Kennedy coming of age, up to his election to Congress in 1946. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"It remains to be seen if these goods will sell in these former colonies. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Lahr (Automatic Vaudeville, 1984, etc.), in British tonalities never learned from his father, offers an overwrought backstage bio of a comedian largely unappreciated this side of the Pond. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >