History Book Reviews (page 919)

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Rewires your thinking. (Four halftones by Pulitzer-winning Chicago Tribune photographer Ovie Carter.)"
Essential black study by a young white sociologist/law student. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 1992

"Still, Oppenheimer's familiarity with Cuban history, psychology, and culture—combined with extensive research and interviews—place his account well above standard left-bashing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Real-life thriller about Fidel Castro vs. perestroika and glasnost; by Oppenheimer, Pulitzer-winning foreign correspondent for The Miami Herald. Read full book review >

WHAT'$ IN IT FOR ME? by Joseph Stedino
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 29, 1992

"Very hard to put down. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Grimly hilarious exposÇ of Arizona pols on the take; by Stedino, a former mobster writing here with Matera (coauthor, Quitting the Mob, 1991, etc.). ``Desert Sting'' required imagination and about a million dollars, and it worked: Stedino, a three-time loser posing as Tony Vincent, set out ostensibly to legalize gambling in Arizona—by buying votes. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 27, 1992

"Strong narrative, sound history, and a good read. (Photos and maps—not seen.)"
Vivid account of the Wehrmacht's final offensive, by Astor (The Last Nazi, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 26, 1992

"Revealing glimpses of the Native American experience in the Southwest today, gathered with obvious warmth and affection for both the storytellers and their stories."
Tantalizing stories—more than 250—culled and woven together from interviews with Native Americans, primarily Navajo and Pueblo, conducted by Cunningham (English/Northern Arizona Univ.) and his wife through much of the 1980's as part of a research project into cross-cultural yarn-spinning. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 24, 1992

"An exhaustive log that may strike some as merely exhausting. (Sixteen pages of photos.)"
Aviation buffs probably will revel in this thoroughgoing chronicle of Boeing Co., but the relentlessly upbeat text provides nonenthusiasts with appreciably more detail than they're likely to want. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 21, 1992

"Engaging and well-researched. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos and two maps—not seen.)"
For the 50th anniversary of one of WW II's pivotal campaigns, Gelb (Dunkirk, 1989, etc.) skillfully recounts the Allied invasion of North Africa, which—while itself of inherent strategic importance—became primarily significant as a testing ground for the fragile Anglo-American alliance. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 20, 1992

"The force and momentum of his major point, moreover, are often mired in the book's signal virtue: a mass of newspaper-style detail."
Parry, a former A.P. and Newsweek reporter, offers a name- naming book on the herd mentality among Washington's opinion-makers and accuses the Reagan Administration of mounting a domestic disinformation campaign. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 17, 1992

"Timely."
A venture down the Ob River and into the heart of Siberia by Wall Street Journal Berlin bureau chief Kempe, who offers telling vignettes of a region now in flux but once as notorious for its climate as for its infamous history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1992

"An unusual perspective that conveys an impression sometimes closer to the court intrigues of the past than to the supposedly more rational politics of the present. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An absorbing account of the life of W. Averill Harriman, one of that remarkable group of ``wise men'' whose lives were so closely linked to the foreign policy of the postwar US as it emerged to world power; by a Washington correspondent for the Los Angeles Times. Read full book review >
STARS AND SWASTIKAS by Walter Schroder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 1992

"Solid, fact-oriented, and conventional, Schroder is by no means a born writer, but those interested in the period will find his reminiscences worthwhile."
Unsophisticated yet engrossing memoir about a remarkable childhood and adolescence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 1992

"A brilliant psychological portrait, annotated and explained with tact and sensitivity."
An "epistolary biography'' comprised of a selection of Russell's previously unpublished correspondence—mostly love letters to his wife, Alys, and to Ottoline Morrell, a married Bloomsbury courtesan—discussing his work, education, women's rights and his own priggish morality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >