History Book Reviews (page 920)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 1995

"Nevertheless, Campbell's effort has value as a series of miniatures that brings together such strangely similar contemporaneous artifacts as the novels of Chester Himes and The Story of O. Campbell is onto something—perhaps a third try with this material is in order."
Portraits of various postWW II Paris-based writers capture the idiosyncratic personalities of literary notables but fail to cohere into a panorama. Read full book review >
THE SITWELLS by Joanna Skipwith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"This book, the accompaniment to The Sitwells and the Arts of the 1920s and 1930s at London's National Portrait Gallery, is filled with drawings, paintings, and photographs of the Sitwells and their shifting circles by artists of the period, including Cecil Beaton, Wyndham Lewis, and Max Beerbohm."
Could chance have chosen a better family name than Sitwell for people who spent much of their life posing for portraits? Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"We are left with a detailed but superficial review of the important findings of several modern archaeologists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen; 26 line drawings)"
In a whirlwind tour of 13 archaeological sites around the world, Fagan's sleepy, fact-heavy narrative fails to present major scientific discoveries as much more than the sum of their plodding details. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Andrew has a sharp sense of the importance and impact of intelligence and a flair for creating a colorful historical tapestry. (37 b&w photos, not seen)"
A finely detailed story of American presidents and their relationship to the world of espionage and intelligence. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Groundbreaking cultural history."
A colorful, persuasive re-evaluation of 1920s New York City, pinpointing it as the birthplace of modern American culture. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Trying unsuccessfully to reconcile an uneasy mixture of writing about the war as a whole and about the life of Oslobodjenje in particular, Gjelten strays from reportorial rigor into a general lament for a ravaged land and people. (15 photos, 2 maps, not seen)"
An ambitious, partially rewarding attempt to recount the suffering and fortitude of Sarajevo, focusing on the work and workers of the daily newspaper Oslobodjenje. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Worldly-wise perspectives on a major shift within a government branch historically known for its rigid adherence to tradition."
A journalist's generation-spanning take on the US military's long march from humiliating defeat in Vietnam to decisive triumph in the Persian Gulf. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A pity that, with a brand-new car more or less on the road, Lewin has been content to tinker with the old model."
At a time when a whirlwind has demolished the Soviet Union, a musty smell of old academic disputes pervades these essays and lectures by a veteran Sovietologist. Read full book review >
NO DISRESPECT by Sister Souljah
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Part fiery political diatribe, part searing sexual history, part unintentional psychological profile, Souljah throws more heat than light."
It must be hard being right all the time, but controversial rapper and black activist Sister Souljah doesn't mind, judging from her remarkably smug, occasionally uplifting memoir. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"For the precision of thought and expression, and the marriage of idealism and worldly savvy, stand as both an inspiration and a rebuke to citizens of the current republic."
The correspondence of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson reads as a quite modern set of documents. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Test Your Racial Issues IQ Test'' for those who want to make sure they don't put their foot in their mouth before sounding off in any arguments about race."
Chideya, a 1990 graduate of Harvard who worked as a staff reporter at Newsweek and is currently employed by MTV News, has taken upon herself no small task. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Some of the essays will be tough going for lay readers, but their range of approaches illustrates many legitimate ways to interpret law—original intent, views of natural law, plain meaning—and their inevitable links to political stances."
An erudite collection of essays, organized with an impressive internal logic by Eastland (Energy in the Executive, not reviewed), in which seven influential young constitutional scholars review some of the Supreme Court's most important decisions. 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 >