History Book Reviews (page 919)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"Evocative, lovely, deeply felt, and mature personal writing about a past that's gone."
From New York Times editorial-board member and veteran columnist Cantwell, a memoir of growing up during the 1930's and 40's in the town of Bristol, New Hampshire. ``I have come down with the Bristol Complaint,'' Cantwell announces early in the book: ``People who have the Bristol Complaint can never leave town. Read full book review >
THE HUMAN RACE by Robert Antelme
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Antelme's homecoming, recounted by Duras in The War, provides a positive closure to the experience."
Published in France in 1947, here translated for the first time, Antelme's memoir of his year (1944-45) in a German labor camp was written to assuage his guilt at surviving and to deal with his depression. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Breines successfully evokes the intellectual and cultural milieu of white middle-class East Coast women who dominated the women's movement in the Sixties; if her study is flawed by limiting itself to that group, it's still otherwise thoughtful and jargon- free."
In a ``sociological memoir'' based on novels, films, sociological studies, and personal experience, Breines (Sociology/Northeastern Univ.) traces the origins of the feminist movement in the 60's to the underlying discontents and conflicts experienced by women growing up in the 50's—a scenario that she explored politically in Community and Organization in the New Left, 1962-68 (1982—not reviewed). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Impressively researched, if rather dully written. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Flat but informative account of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, and of the tragedy's impact on the American families and friends of the victims, as well as on Lockerbie inhabitants who survived the rain of bodies and flaming debris that descended on their small Scottish town. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"But few readers can finish his powerful account without fearing for the future of freedom of the press—and of American democratic institutions."
Seldom have the American media appeared so hornswoggled, so cowardly, or so supine in defending the First Amendment as they are portrayed as being in this bitter polemic on Persian Gulf War coverage by the publisher of Harper's. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"A worthy if occasionally uneven contribution, then, to Native American studies. (Illustrations—b&w—throughout.)"
Like a family album of lovingly collected snapshots, anecdotes, and clan lore, this study by Tedlock (Anthropology/SUNY at Buffalo) offers an affectionate and informative portrait of a contemporary Native American people, the Zuni of New Mexico. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Balanced, thoughtful, and impressive for Terrill's candid criticism of his own approach and for his mastery of the telling detail. (Photos—24 pages b&w; maps—not seen.)"
A riveting account—part history, part personal memoir, part apologia—of four decades of Communist Chinese rule; by longtime China watcher Terrill. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Hard-nosed, yet ultimately a celebration of grace under pressure in 'the Good War.'"
With his multivolume biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon now complete, Ambrose (History/Univ. of New Orleans) returns to military affairs (Pegasus Bridge, 1985, etc.) with this spirited account of one of the Army's crack WW II units. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Conventional military history of a high order, but without the leavening of thoughtfulness that could raise it to a still higher level. (Photos—32 pages—not seen.)"
Sharply told account of how US paratroopers took back ``The Rock'' from Japan in a pivotal WW II battle; by Devlin (Paratrooper!, 1979). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >