History Book Reviews (page 919)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 1995

"Although Kagan restricts his study too much by examining only a small number of wars drawn solely from the Western experience, he presents a soberly realistic, thoughtful, and well-written look at the human race's oldest scourge."
By examining the causes of specific ancient and modern wars, Kagan tries to determine the underlying reasons for war in general. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 1995

"Though the volume could have benefited from further editing (and some ethnocentric bias is evident in the use of generic, non- tribal specific terms like 'Great Spirit' and 'conjurer'), the book is nonetheless a major contribution to the study of Native American history and religious studies."
This excellent collection of essays probes the responses of one Native American tribe to the forces of Christianity. Read full book review >

W.E.B. DU BOIS by W.E.B. Du Bois
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 2, 1995

"An indispensable—and remarkably relevant—assemblage of writings."
W.E.B. Du Bois lived nearly a century, from 1868 to 1963. Read full book review >
OUT OF EGYPT by Andre Aciman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A skillful portrayal of an extraordinary clan."
Aciman (French Literature/Princeton) delivers a clear- eyed eulogy of a lost past and a family in decline. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A rare work that successfully distills a whole philosophical debate into a few accessible pages."
A crisp and spirited argument for the near-total separation of church and state, by a former New York federal judge (Partisan Justice, 1980). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"His book is most likely to be read by Democrats, but its lessons should be taken to heart by all who care about our nation's future. (Author tour)"
President Clinton's pollster charts a course for US politics through the current turbulent period and beyond. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"This brave piece of social criticism answers Lasch's critics with a message so simple and obvious, it's sublime. (First serial to Harper's)"
A sure sign that Lasch's latest (and, sadly, last) book deserves wide acclaim is that it will infuriate those who cling to conventional notions of left and right. Read full book review >
HOSPITAL by Sydney Lewis
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A mountain of raw material out of which a useful book could have been shaped."
In her debut, Studs Terkel protÇgÇe Lewis fumbles an attempt to create a portrait of Chicago's Cook County Hospital by recording the voices of its staff and a few patients. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A startling, revealing look at photographic representation and its effect on African-American identity and consciousness."
A provocative exploration of how African-Americans have, and more often have not, participated in the creation of their image through photographs. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"For its sensitivity to the rights of victims and defendants alike, a remarkable work."
This sharp, sensible, ``angry'' book explores how four classes of disempowered Americans look to the criminal justice system to vindicate past grievances, and how the courts too often betray them. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Although Loewen often is entertaining, he presents both an indictment that rings true and an eloquent call to action. (40 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A decade and a half ago, in America Revised, Frances FitzGerald demonstrated that widely used school textbooks presented simplistic, fatuous, and often inaccurate versions of American history. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Like the curate's egg, good in parts."
An East German psychotherapist explores, in an occasionally affecting way, the experience of living within a totalitarian system. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >