History Book Reviews (page 918)

HISTORY
Released: June 25, 1992

"First-rate, sobering, and inspired. (Forty b&w illustrations- -not seen.)"
An expert recounting of the Tuskegee Airmen, the four all- black fighter squadrons that pioneered the desegregation of the US Army Air Corps. Read full book review >
TRUMAN by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1992

"Rich in detail, enthralling, and moving: a classic Presidential biography."
A gargantuan but surprisingly agile and spellbinding biography of the plain-speaking, plain-dealing Man from Missouri. Read full book review >

THE END OF DAYS by Helen Sendyk
HISTORY
Released: June 19, 1992

"Vastly worthwhile and affecting."
Sendyk is the last member of a Jewish family of 12 from Chrzanow, Poland, only three of whom survived the Holocaust. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 18, 1992

At the heart of this megabook from South-African-born Mostert (Supership, 1974) is the moving story of the tragic clash between races—black and white—and cultures—British, Boer, and African— in a place that for a brief, transcendent moment was a model to the world of racial tolerance and democracy. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 17, 1992

"Sociologically and politically interesting; philosophically half-baked."
A fitfully perceptive account of the collective American ``memory'' of Watergate, and of what this tells us about the nature of history. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 17, 1992

"But Torrey's extremist tract will not help in the ongoing attempt to find the right balance between biology and Freud, nature and nurture."
A shrill, lopsided attack on Freud's theories, those who advanced them in America, and the resulting excesses; from Torrey (Nowhere to Go, The Death of Psychiatry, etc.), a firm believer in the genetic/biological approach to personality and mental illness. Read full book review >
SUMMER MEDITATIONS by Vaclav Havel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 15, 1992

"Worldly-wise pensÇes from an intellectual who's as comfortable and effective on the hustings as in an ivory tower."
More pieces of Havel's lively, subtle mind. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 10, 1992

"Tucker and Hendrickson write in an easy, cogent style rare among political scientists, but their idealism may overrun their pragmatism in applying to today's nuclear world principles elaborated in a simpler, safer time."
A polemic harshly critical of the Bush Administration's ``New World Order'' for the post-cold-war era. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 8, 1992

More than 40 years ago, Madden found documents in an attic trunk tracing his family back to his earliest American ancestors: Mary, most probably an indentured Irish servant; and an unidentified black man. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 8, 1992

"A pure pleasure cruise through the Middle Kingdom. (Photos—not seen.)"
More erudite history and eminently readable scholarship from Yale Sinologist Spence (The Search for Modern China, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1992

"An important chapter in the Civil War, seen through the participants' own graphic and powerful testimony. (Twenty-five maps and 108 b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
This latest in Wheeler's long line of Civil War and WW II ``eyewitness histories'' (On Fields of Fury, 1991, etc.) follows the Union and Confederate forces in the East between September 1862 and May 1863, a time during which Robert E. Lee became renowned as one of the most brilliant commanders ever produced by America. ``Heroes of many defeats, we are not inclined to give gratuitous confidence to anyone,'' wrote a captain in the Federal Army of the Potomac to his mother. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1992

"A well-written and meticulously researched biography that offers a balanced perspective on its controversial subject. (Sixteen pages of halftones—not seen.)"
Wills (History/Georgia Southern Univ.) superbly tells the story of one of the Confederacy's authentic military geniuses, the man who consistently ``got there first with the most men'' and bedeviled the Union armies in the West throughout the Civil War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >