History Book Reviews (page 919)

THE NEW YORK IDEA by Mario Cuomo
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 11, 1994

"Perhaps Cuomo's future campaign committee will buy and distribute this book; it has little other purpose."
An odd, self-serving mix—part New York handbook, part explanation of recent state initiatives, part future campaign manifesto—from New York's governor (Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo, 1984). Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENCY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Phillip Shaw Paludan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1994

"A significant achievement in Lincoln scholarship."
In this narrative history of the Great Emancipator's administration, Paludan (History/Kansas; Victims, 1988) skillfully delineates the great accomplishments and salient shortcomings of Lincoln and the government he led. Read full book review >

LEADING WITH MY HEART by Virginia Kelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 1994

"What's your son or daughter's job? (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild featured alternate)"
The woman whose son, our president, feels our pain shares some of her own (and her pleasures as well) in an autobiography that offers a folksy, mom's-eye view of the ultimate American success story. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 1994

"Glendinning has much to say to our alienated selves, but she spoils her case by exaggeration and oversimplification."
Arguing that civilization, by dissociating us from nature, is responsible for present-day social and environmental ills, psychologist Glendinning (When Technology Wounds, 1990) calls on human beings to reclaim the wholeness she believes is still present in all living things. Read full book review >
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Released: May 3, 1994

A sprawling, vivid look at the fate of Europe's artworks during WW II. ``Never,'' states Nicholas in her admirably accomplished first book, ``had works of art been so important to a political movement and never had they been moved about on such a vast scale....'' Charting this unprecedented movement, Nicholas begins with the Nazis' twofold ``purification'' effort to ban ``degenerate'' culture and to scour public and private collections of enemy lands and races for nobly Germanic art. Read full book review >

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Released: May 2, 1994

"A valuable, multidimensional history of a crucial period in Cold War and Mideast history."
An intimate, full, and insightful account of the Suez Crisis from the then head of the Israeli chief of staff's bureau. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1994

"Some Perot supporters and other centrist dissidents may find this book useful, but it is hardly a convincing argument that a three-party system is the solution to our electoral problems."
An incomplete, if sometimes stimulating, analysis of discontent in the electorate and the prospects for a new centrist political party. Read full book review >
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Released: May 2, 1994

"A heart-rending look at the permanent ruin war can wreak in any age."
In a brilliantly creative extended analogy, psychiatrist Shay (Tufts Medical School) persuasively argues that the experiences and behavior of traumatized Vietnam veterans echo those of Achilles in Homer's Iliad. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF DAVID DUKE by Tyler Bridges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Until that biography arrives, this will be a vital resource. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A sobering, solidly researched portrait of the politically adept ``twisted fanatic'' who gained a majority of white votes in two statewide Louisiana races. Read full book review >
PAUL REVERE'S RIDE by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Fischer has avoided the traps he warned against nearly 25 years ago in his volume Historians' Fallacies (1970)."
Those who dare to try something new often fail. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1994

"In his hands, the irreconcilable differences of the Anglo-Irish tradition and character become creative oppositions."
Drawing on politics, literature, popular culture, and his personal observations, Foster (History/Oxford, Modern Ireland, 1600-1971, 1989), the leading authority on modern Irish history, reveals in this gathering of 14 essays (most previously published in academic journals) the intricacies, ambivalences, and illusions behind the Anglo-Irish identity crisis, especially from 18401922. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1994

"Reliance on dialogue-rich scenes sometimes sacrifices depth for drama, but this is a memorable and disturbing reminder of much unfinished urban business."
Two veteran Washington journalists offer a vigorous and resonant portrait of the 30-year decline and polarization of our capital. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >