History Book Reviews (page 919)

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"But there's a muddiness here—Bishop is revealed but then covered up again without psychological or literary acuity—that can't quite convince us that Bishop's life or her art matters as much as these pages assume that it does."
Nappy with the sympathy, solicitude, and slightly off-kilter admiration that the fans of Elizabeth Bishop (1911-79) are known for, Millier (American Literature/Middlebury College) delivers a long, detailed life of the woman who wrote contemporary American poetry everyone seemed to respect without ever being able to say quite why. Read full book review >
FDR by Kenneth S. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"The means by which all this occurred are not explained here."
Fourth and below-par volume of Davis's ongoing biography of FDR (1986, etc.), this entry covering 1936-40. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"Many of the contributors are right or left of center but none are so conservative as to suggest that America is now colorblind."
Ninety years after W.E.B. DuBois posited the ``double- consciousness'' of African-Americans (``always measuring one's soul by the tape of the world that looks on in amused contempt and pity'' in a constant experience of ``twoness—an American, a Negro...two unreconciled strivings''), 18 African-American intellectuals offer thoughtful responses. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"A well- informed study, then, but one that's agenda-heavy."
A look at Arab culture by Barakat (Sociology/Georgetown Univ.), an expatriate Syrian. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"The war at ground level, in full force. (Photographs and maps—not seen.)"
Twenty years after the US withdrawal from Vietnam and a spate of books on the war, Bergerud (Military and American History/Lincoln Univ.) offers a fresh and original work that gives essential new insight into the US-Vietnam experience. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1993

"An important and comprehensive reference for those involved in both gender battles and the fight for comprehensive child care."
A forceful overview of how what's perceived as good for the child changes as the culture and public-policy change—currently, Berry says, to the detriment of women. Read full book review >
A LIFE AT THE CENTER by Roy Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"A substantial feast spiced by warm, vivid accounts of encounters with Johnson, Kennedy, Harold Wilson, and other lesser politicians, and by an insider's view of the hothouse world of Parliamentary politics. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Jenkins—author (Truman, 1986, etc.); chancellor of Oxford University; former home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer in various Labour governments—engagingly turns his formidable narrative skills to his own fascinating life. Read full book review >
SHINING PATH by Simon Strong
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Strong, succinct writing about an important phenomenon."
Everything you need to know about Abimael Guzman (recently captured by Peruvian government forces), his Shining Path movement, and grass-roots revolution in general; by freelance British correspondent Strong (The New York Times, The Independent, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"A valuable addition to AIDS literature—but also striking for what it reveals of today's artistic temperament as filtered through gay experience."
Honestly assessing their own responses and directions after testing HIV-positive, a number of prominent gay artists speak at length in interviews compiled by cultural critic Vaucher (The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"A memorable portrait of an increasingly important region. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Timely and vivid view of the Balkans, by Kaplan (Soldiers of God, 1989). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"His brief account of this sentimental journey adds considerable resonance to a narrative already rich in anecdotal detail and high adventure. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
An absorbing memoir of the Danish-born author's WW II experiences with the American military, which obviously provided a starting point for the many thrillers he later wrote as a civilian (Code Name: Grand Guignol, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1993

"The latest in a series (On the Law of Nations, 1990, etc.) demonstrating that Moynihan may be America's foremost literary politician—someone who can advance policy as cogently on the written page as on the stump."
A timely, informed plea from New York's senior US senator ``to make the world safe for and from ethnicity.'' Moynihan presented an early version of this material in November 1991 as a lecture at Oxford; he's updated that text with notes on such events as the ``ethnic cleansing'' occurring in Bosnia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >