History Book Reviews (page 919)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

More good-natured memoirs from the king of chat. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Still, despite his lackluster writing, Bell offers insight into the rage, frustration, and yearning of being black in America."
Here, as he did in And We Are Not Saved, Harvard Law School professor Bell offers dramatized accounts of the dilemma of race relations in America. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"Short on analysis, but, still, an enjoyable popular history."
Leckie (None Died in Vain, 1990, etc.) retreads familiar terrain in lively style—in this retelling of the story of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"A masterful interpretation, illumined by Hilberg's vast knowledge."
A provocative and lucid analysis of the Holocaust that takes up the roles of various individuals and groups; by Hilberg (The Destruction of the European Jews, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >
CLABBERED DIRT, SWEET GRASS by Gary Paulsen
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"And the nine postimpressionist paintings by Ruth Wright Paulsen, the author's wife, nicely complement his colorful prose."
A lyrical and sensual celebration of four seasons on the American farm. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Quietly eloquent, and a valuable glimpse of light in our era's longest night. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Forty-two stirring portraits of common people who backed into heroism when confronted with the Third Reich's genocide machine. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"A mixed bag, but rewarding for its insider's discussion of French intelligence operations and for its friendly look at the deficiencies of American intelligence."
A curious but compelling account by Count de Marenches, for 11 years (1970-81) the head of the French intelligence service, and Andelman, longtime Paris correspondent for The New York Times and CBS News. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"A fascinating, essential chapter in the history of the Bounty. (Fifty halftones, three maps—not seen.)"
A learned, humane, provocative ``creative reading'' of the mutiny on the Bounty—the events; their meaning and representation in native lore, British life, the theater, and cinema; and their historical value. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 1992

"No false heroics, no patriotic gloss, only the Vietnam War in all its grim reality. (Fifteen b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A searing account from former Army nurse Smith of her tour of duty in Vietnam and its devastating personal aftermath. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An insightful, colorful account of real achievement in Indian education today—and solid evidence of the benefits of multiculturalism at its best."
Enthusiastic and charmingly frank, Fedullo details his memorable experiences in a decade of teaching creative writing to Native American schoolchildren on reservations throughout the West. Read full book review >
PEARL HARBOR by Henry C. Clausen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An essential document from one of the last players in a great military and legal drama. (Three eight-page b&w photo inserts—not seen.)"
A riveting real-life detective story about one of the century's greatest controversies: the responsibility for America's shocking lack of preparedness at Pearl Harbor. Read full book review >
KISSINGER by Walter Isaacson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"An evenhanded, warts-and-all portrait of a larger-than-life individual who has left his mark behind."
A critical but resolutely objective and utterly fascinating biography of the guileful, egocentric geopolitical scientist who became America's most celebrated secretary of state. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >