History Book Reviews (page 919)

A WOMAN OF VALOR by Stephen B. Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 21, 1994

"Includes maps—not seen."
A lively account of Clara Barton's life during the Civil War that reveals both the character of this compelling woman and the awfulness of war. Read full book review >
WAR OF NUMBERS by Sam Adams
HISTORY
Released: April 20, 1994

"David Hackworth, the retired Army colonel who wrote About Face (not reviewed), provides the volume's introduction."
At the time of Adams's death in 1988, he had almost completed this book, which recounts his side of a major controversy regarding Vietnam in measured fashion and affords instructive insights into the lot of a lower-echelon operative in the spook trade. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 19, 1994

"This is compelling material worthy of treatment by Gordon Prange or Len Deighton, but it's told here by a sloppy researcher with poor narrative gifts. (B&w photos)"
A plodding account of one of the most fascinating of WW II stories—how Japan sought to spy on the Allies through neutral countries. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 1994

"An essential one-volume read for the layman or undergraduate."
A richly documented short history of the Warsaw Ghetto by Gutman (History/Hebrew University), who is a death-camp survivor and the director of the research center at Yad Vashem, Israel's national Holocaust memorial. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 19, 1994

"A timely study that, as the author says, offers more interesting questions than simple answers."
Psychoanalyst Strozier (History/John Jay College/CUNY; Lincoln's Quest for Union—not reviewed) probes the minds of ``end- time believers'' to investigate a growing religious trend that he sees as one response to a widespread sense of ultimate threat. Read full book review >

LOOKING AT THE SUN by James Fallows
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 18, 1994

"An astute observer's provocative response to what he deems the large-scale economic challenges posed by Asia to the West. (Author tour)"
While capitalism may have bested communism in the Cold War, Fallows (More Like Us, 1989; National Defense, 1981, which won the American Book Award) fears that the West does not realize that the world's balance of economic power is shifting from the North Atlantic to the Pacific Basin and, further, that Asian economic success is based on a system of free enterprise that diverges in crucial ways from that of the West. Read full book review >
NEVER AGAIN by Peter Hennessy
HISTORY
Released: April 18, 1994

"An absorbing, limpidly written study of the political and social dimensions of England's graceful descent from greatness."
Hennessy (Contemporary History/London), a former correspondent for the Times of London and The Economist, offers a massive history—impressively scholarly and as engagingly readable as the best journalism—about the first six years of Britain's postwar transformation from an imperial power into a welfare state. Read full book review >
DIPLOMACY by Henry Kissinger
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 18, 1994

"Profound and important."
The Nobel laureate and former national security advisor and secretary of state (Years of Upheaval, 1982, etc.) presents an engrossing and monumental (in every sense) historical survey of diplomacy from the 17th century to the present. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 1994

"While scrupulously maintaining his documentary perspective, Gill reveals the conditions that generated those crucial concerns about art and politics with which contemporary societies—the free and the unfree—are still preoccupied."
In a vivid, detailed, and powerful depiction of political and cultural life in Berlin from before WW I to 1938, Gill (The Journey Back from Hell—not reviewed, etc.) conveys the passion, diversity, energy, as well as the waste, rage and alienation that inspired the art, the politics, and ultimately the Second World War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 1994

"Ivan is the son of Ted Solotaroff, literary critic and former Harper editor."
A striking debut collection from a journalist whose articles for the Village Voice and Esquire portray people—some famous, some obscure—hovering somewhere around the edges of pop culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1994

"Fascinating, lively, and especially timely to an age struggling to understand the implications of its own cross-cultural encounters."
From an obscure and isolated event, Demos (History/Yale), a Bancroft Prize-winning historian (Entertaining Satan, not reviewed) explodes the easy oppositions between Christian and savage, Indian and white, nature and civilization—oppositions on which the narrative of colonial American history has traditionally been built. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT DATA by Edwin S. Rubenstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 15, 1994

"The text has a foreword by Jack Kemp."
Against the odds, perhaps, this collection of columns by the National Review's house economics analyst and prominent outsiders has considerable impact as a lively, thought-provoking defense of positions near or dear to the hearts and minds of political conservatives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >