History Book Reviews (page 920)

HISTORY
Released: July 14, 1992

"Thank Heaven for Little Girls'' as he ogles his grandson's wife. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Drawing on such popular histories as Nancy Mitford's The Sun King (1966), Elliott, a San Francisco writer, weaves through an informed and absorbing history of Louis XIV's court at Versailles the cloying story of little Adelaide, the ``perfect princess,'' betrothed at age ten to the king's grandson and sent to court to be groomed as the future queen. Read full book review >
WE SAY NO by Eduardo Galeano
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"For connoisseurs of propaganda only."
Uruguayan journalist Galeano, author of the portentously pastiched Memory of Fire trilogy, collects here almost 30 years of occasional pieces that exhibit a mind set so tightly over its blind convictions that apparently nothing by way of observation or analysis has pierced its essence for three decades. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"An adroit recounting of the abortion controversies of the 1980's and a seemingly accurate assessment of the demise of the antiabortion coalition."
In an informative if partisan work, Planned Parenthood official McKeegan argues that the antiabortion forces—whose skillful focus on the issue aided Ronald Reagan's 1980 Presidential victory—have lost both their cohesiveness and the battle to ban abortion. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"Still, an ironic, well-written post-mortem of a political system of staggering inefficiency, brutality, and self-delusion."
Murphy (AndrÇ Malraux, 1991) delivers a stimulating study of the rise and fall of the Communist dream, as seen through 11 representative European figures. Read full book review >
WHAT IT TAKES by Richard Ben Cramer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 4, 1992

"Exhaustively researched and written in a hot, jarring, unsentimental prose: the perfect antidote to election-year mythologizing."
Irreverent, highly knowledgeable look at the 1988 presidential primaries by Pulitzer-winning journalist Cramer. Read full book review >

OUR EUROPE by Jacques Delors
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1992

"It's not surprising, then, that Delors deals with the problem by saying almost nothing."
An object lesson by European Commission President Delors, a longtime socialist, that ambitious European politicians are no more likely to say anything that means anything than are American ones. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1992

"Withal, a superb description of the German war machine from creation to defeat, and a fine, absorbing chronicle of a remarkable time. (Forty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
World War II from inside the Wehrmacht. Read full book review >
EVIL MONEY by Rachel Ehrenfeld
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1992

Ehrenfeld, a research scholar at NYU Law School and author of Narcoterrorism (1990), ineffectively details several major cases involving money laundering and governmental corruption. Read full book review >
WAR AND TELEVISION by Bruce Cumings
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1992

"A provocative and intelligent analysis. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
An eloquent critique, from a politically progressive perspective, not only of TV's coverage of war but also of its treatment of topical and historical events and of ``politics in contemporary America—an imperious, camouflaged politics known best to those who transgress implicit limits, tread on unvoiced premises [and] traffic in the heterodox....'' Cumings (East Asian and International History/Univ. of Chicago) uses TV's coverage of Vietnam and the Gulf War as a way of analyzing the assumptions underlying its treatment of all sorts of political issues. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1992

"A thoughtful and often excellent analysis, calling for tough decisions but failing to come up with tough prescriptions."
An attempt to probe future relations between the US, Japan, and Germany. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 1, 1992

"For all their purposeful irony, though, his short-take recollections add little to our understanding of a tragic chapter in world history."
Just why a respected and talented young novelist like Vollman (Fathers and Crows, reviewed above, etc.) would want to publish dated jottings on a 1982 sojourn around and, briefly, in war-torn Afghanistan is anyone's guess. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1992

"Essential."
The amazing printing history of James Joyce's Ulysses and its editorial disasters. 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 >