History Book Reviews (page 918)

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"A remarkable job of untangling a web that was too complicated for the Soviet leadership itself to understand."
Path-breaking study of the role played by nationalism in the disintegration of the Soviet Union; by d'ncausse (Confiscated Power, 1982), the third woman ever elected to the AcadÇmie Franáaise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 1993

"Still: a useful reminder of a not-so-distant past, as well as a—perhaps unintentional- -primer on the realities of fame and politics. (Photos—16 pp. b&w- -not seen.)"
From former Los Angeles Times editorial writer Mills (A Place in the News, 1988)—a biography more fulsome than definitive of civil-rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Balanced, gentle, meditative: an unusual find in today's books on Japan."
Appreciative essays on Japanese aesthetics and mores, delivered with sumi-like grace and delicacy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Kaiser has an acquaintanceship as vast as his memory, and he's at his best when discussing the personalities of well-known friends."
An anecdotal memoir from diplomat and politician Kaiser, former US ambassador to Hungary and Austria. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Philosophical-minded readers will relish Murdoch's argument, surely one of the most elegant and impassioned metaphysical forays in recent years."
Though best known as a novelist, Murdoch (The Message to the Planet, 1989, etc.)—as her years teaching at Oxford attest—is a notable philosopher as well (Acastos, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"An intelligent study that offers a glimmer of hope (if war depends upon perception, then it can be curtailed if not eradicated)—although, truth be told, LeShan's admonitions will probably have all the effect of lighting a match in a hurricane."
Psychotherapist LeShan (The Dilemma of Psychology, 1990, etc.) digs into the causes of—and cures for—war. Read full book review >
HUMAN MINDS by Margaret Donaldson
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Ambitious and challenging but, ultimately, more suggestive than persuasive—and, at times, tough going for the general reader."
In a highly speculative analysis, Edinburgh University developmental psychologist Donaldson (Children's Minds, 1979) proposes an unusual model of human mental processes, viewing them as a series of distinct yet interactive stages, and charting a course from birth to maturity to account for the evolution of both feelings and thoughts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A vivid, first-rate biography of a judicial hero. (Thirty-two b&w photographs.)"
Bass (Journalism/Univ. of Mississippi; Unlikely Heroes, 1981, etc.), using extensive quotes from taped interviews with his subject and others, tells the story of an outstanding and heroic federal judge: Frank M. Johnson of Alabama, who, despite the constant threat of violence in the explosive 1960's South, contributed to the achievement of racial justice in numerous landmark civil-rights cases. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Thorough and relentless as a chronicle of centuries of strife- -but also severely fragmented and unable to reconcile its air of travelogue with a more compelling critical agenda. (Illustrations; maps.)"
An erudite but lackluster interweaving of recent travels by Gott (literary editor of the London Guardian; Guerrilla Movements in Latin America, 1971) with more than four centuries of European forays into the South American interior and the vast swamplands of Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil. Read full book review >
DAKOTA by Kathleen Norris
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Quiet and clearheaded, with typical first-book flaws."
A meditative mÇlange of observations on Midwest land and spirit. Read full book review >
CHAIM WEIZMANN by Jehuda Reinharz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Not so much compelling as admirably—perhaps definitively- -detailed. (Photographs.)"
Well-documented but slow-moving second volume in Reinharz's monumental three-volume biography of Israel's first president (Chaim Weizmann: The Making of a Zionist Leader, 1985). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Descriptive writing here sometimes reveals more than it feels decent to know, but Urrea's recognition of intact humanity—along with his accounts of kindness and generosity—gives this nightmarish tour its redeeming affection and hope. (Photographs.)"
Tijuana-born Urrea calls lice, scabies, typhoid, etc., the ``many ambassadors of poverty''; his vignettes of borderland misery (most appeared previously in the San Diego Reader) are like a series of painful and shocking introductions at a demonic embassy party. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >