History Book Reviews (page 920)

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"A well- informed study, then, but one that's agenda-heavy."
A look at Arab culture by Barakat (Sociology/Georgetown Univ.), an expatriate Syrian. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"The war at ground level, in full force. (Photographs and maps—not seen.)"
Twenty years after the US withdrawal from Vietnam and a spate of books on the war, Bergerud (Military and American History/Lincoln Univ.) offers a fresh and original work that gives essential new insight into the US-Vietnam experience. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 1993

"An important and comprehensive reference for those involved in both gender battles and the fight for comprehensive child care."
A forceful overview of how what's perceived as good for the child changes as the culture and public-policy change—currently, Berry says, to the detriment of women. Read full book review >
A LIFE AT THE CENTER by Roy Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"A substantial feast spiced by warm, vivid accounts of encounters with Johnson, Kennedy, Harold Wilson, and other lesser politicians, and by an insider's view of the hothouse world of Parliamentary politics. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Jenkins—author (Truman, 1986, etc.); chancellor of Oxford University; former home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer in various Labour governments—engagingly turns his formidable narrative skills to his own fascinating life. Read full book review >
SHINING PATH by Simon Strong
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Strong, succinct writing about an important phenomenon."
Everything you need to know about Abimael Guzman (recently captured by Peruvian government forces), his Shining Path movement, and grass-roots revolution in general; by freelance British correspondent Strong (The New York Times, The Independent, etc.). Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"A valuable addition to AIDS literature—but also striking for what it reveals of today's artistic temperament as filtered through gay experience."
Honestly assessing their own responses and directions after testing HIV-positive, a number of prominent gay artists speak at length in interviews compiled by cultural critic Vaucher (The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"A memorable portrait of an increasingly important region. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Timely and vivid view of the Balkans, by Kaplan (Soldiers of God, 1989). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"His brief account of this sentimental journey adds considerable resonance to a narrative already rich in anecdotal detail and high adventure. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
An absorbing memoir of the Danish-born author's WW II experiences with the American military, which obviously provided a starting point for the many thrillers he later wrote as a civilian (Code Name: Grand Guignol, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1993

"The latest in a series (On the Law of Nations, 1990, etc.) demonstrating that Moynihan may be America's foremost literary politician—someone who can advance policy as cogently on the written page as on the stump."
A timely, informed plea from New York's senior US senator ``to make the world safe for and from ethnicity.'' Moynihan presented an early version of this material in November 1991 as a lecture at Oxford; he's updated that text with notes on such events as the ``ethnic cleansing'' occurring in Bosnia. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1993

"For buffs of early human life, a gift. (One hundred illustrations.)"
From the codirectors of Indiana University's Center for Research into the Anthropological Foundations of Technology: a weighty report on paleoanthropological technology—the study of our earliest ancestors and their use of tools. Read full book review >
THE LAST KAMIKAZE by Edwin P. Hoyt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"An insider's intriguing perspectives on an ill-starred belligerency, plus savvy commentary and continuity from a veteran military historian."
During WW II, Vice Admiral Matome Ugaki was the only known member of the Japanese Navy's high command to keep a diary. Read full book review >
CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM by Edward W. Said
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

Said's latest book largely reiterates his familiar argument for cultural recognition of the "Other" (more cogently marshalled in his Orientalism, 1978), particularly the colonized "Other" that has been molded in popular perception by the crucial (to Said) element of Western imperialism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >