History Book Reviews (page 919)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Gilbert's very specialized manual of arms will appeal to the Soldier of Fortune crowd as well as military history buffs. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive, ice-cold briefing that tracks the martial art of sniping from colonial America through the brushfire conflicts of the present day. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 17, 1995

"Keyes provides none."
A strong but limited argument that the moral center that enabled African-Americans to survive slavery and segregation will serve just as well through the perils of inner-city drugs, poverty, and joblessness. Read full book review >

AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS AND THE WORK OF HISTORY, 1790-1860 by Nina Baym
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1995

"An elegant account that reveals new dimensions in women's relationship to American history and historiography."
By revealing women's use of history in the making of it, Baym rebuts conventional wisdom about women's absence from national life in antebellum America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A well-crafted work of history that not only gives insight into the lives and thought of the two men but also stimulates thought about the public institutions they helped to create."
Drawing on the celebrated correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison about the newly adopted Constitution, Banning listens in on ``three of many conversations that occurred between two founders on matters of continuing concern.'' (See p. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"An intimate picture of a vanished world. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections)"
Historian Davis (A Government of Our Own, 1994, etc.) uses the story of an old Indian trail as an opportunity to take a leisurely, pleasurable look at the social and cultural history of the Mississippi/Alabama frontier. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Intricately detailed and perceptively digressive, Falkner's work is as good as the best books by Donald Honig or Roger Kahn. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Like all fine sports biographies, this one is not merely about an athlete. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A profane, like-it-is, and oddly elegiac take on close encounters of the enlisted man's kind that rings true throughout."
The author of a gritty portrait of an NYPD homicide detective (Close Pursuit, 1986) offers an equally vivid close-up of a US Army noncom before, during, and after the Gulf War. Read full book review >
DENG XIAOPING by Deng Maomao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"China hands'' will have to at least peruse this to keep up with the current view on the historic events that swept China in this century—which matches the course of Deng Xiaoping's life. (b&w photos; maps, not seen)"
Communist Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping has been a major player on the world stage, but his daughter/biographer Deng Maomao fails to do him justice. Read full book review >
THE POPULIST PERSUASION by Michael Kazin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A solid historical view, slightly deflated by Kazin's muddled speculation on the need for new, inclusive social movements that incorporate the historic language of populism."
A timely history of the American politicians and publicists who have appealed to ``the people.'' Kazin (History/American Univ.; Barons of Labor, not reviewed) shows how populist language has a complicated history, full of irony, paradox, and at times menace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Williams's memoir does illuminate some complexities of the biracial experience, though its reserve keeps other questions in the dark."
This memoir of a boy's struggle with a conflicted racial identity too often remains on the emotional surface of its loaded topic. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 13, 1995

"Animated by a sense of betrayal, Arens makes penetrating observations about political leaders and situations, and historical conundrums."
Arens, a former Israeli foreign minister, has written an embittered but insightful and illuminating book about what he, as a conservative, sees as a severe breach of faith. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 1995

"Without psychological insight or historical grasp, Markus plunges this marital biography into Barrett's unilluminated obsessions with her father, depression, spiritualism, and (possible) Creole ancestry, while Browning is relegated to mere uxoriousness. (Illustrations, not seen)"
Novelist Markus (A Change of Luck, 1991, etc.), between her tendentious lionization of Elizabeth Barrett and bland veneration of Robert Browning, turns their complex union into a novelette romance for English majors. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >