History Book Reviews (page 920)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Scholars in religious studies, seasoned scroll amateurs, and newcomers to this fascinating subject can all benefit from immersion in this welcome volume. (40 photos) (Author tour)"
The most thorough and authoritative of the flood of new books occasioned by the full release of the Dead Sea Scrolls between 1991 and 1993. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"While victory and spoils historically go hand in hand, our perception of American Army heroes bringing goodwill and safety in the Nazis' wake is altered by this testament to the dishonesty and greed of a few no-good men."
Alford's fascinating unraveling of an Army cover-up reveals many American WW II soldiers to be not the great liberators, but the great looters of Europe. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The religious right and true believers in Reaganomics, however, will cheer Evans on every step of the way."
Discussion of the role of religion in the formation of the Republic becomes a soapbox for right-wing reimagining of American history by the chairman of the National Journalism Center. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A rich, sympathetic, warts-and-all portrait of the South."
In a perceptive look at the nation's most distinctive region, Grantham (History/Vanderbilt Univ.) examines the relationship between the South and the rest of the United States during the 20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Perceptive, methodical, and dull. (28 photos & 2 maps, not seen)"
Plodding narrative and slack writing plague this account of the fierce 1870s events that set the stage for the legends surrounding Billy the Kid. Read full book review >

THE WHITE HOUSE IN MINIATURE by Gail Buckland
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"And how come there aren't any toilets?"
No doubt about it—this book, which presents (with infinite care) the miniature White House constructed by John and Jan Zweifel (with more than infinite care), is astonishing. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 29, 1994

"No mere coffee-table ornament, but a historical document of great drama and unusual intensity."
A spectacular, startling, and sometimes downright grisly chronicle, in words and pictures, of a bloody and tumultuous period. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 28, 1994

"But even after undergoing therapy, Gaines still hasn't finished blaming others for things she did to herself. (Author tour)"
An autobiographical portrait of a black woman who worked her way up from convicted felon to award-winning reporter for the Washington Post. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1994

"Zinn's radical activism will not appeal to every reader, but he does argue persuasively — and relevantly, even for those who do not embrace his critique of America and its institutions — that 'small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.'"
The eminent radical historian (Boston Univ.; Declarations of Independence, 1990, etc.) recalls his struggles against American racism and war, and he expresses his hope for the future, in this memoir and manifesto. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"Unusually wise to the dodges of Washington's rich and powerful. (Author tour)"
A blistering jeremiad that gives new vibrancy to the political clichÇ that Washington is out of touch with the average American. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"A moving drama of patchwork intimacy in the White House, played out against the sweeping tableau of the nation rallying behind a great crusade."
A superb dual portrait of the 32nd President and his First Lady, whose extraordinary partnership steered the nation through the perilous WW II years. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"General readers with strong stomachs may also enjoy Brier's eccentric ramble through the ancient world. (125 b&w photos, not seen)"
Everything you always wanted to know about the ancient Egyptian practice of mummifying corpses—and so much more. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >