History Book Reviews (page 923)

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Released: May 1, 1992

"He offers a rich and fascinating history, essential for any understanding of modern Africa's troubles—and a welcome contrast to the blame-the-Africans-for-their-problems books that have proliferated in the past decade."
For 40 years, Davidson (Can Africa Survive?, 1974, etc.) has fought to secure Africa's place in world history. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Persuasively argued and thoroughly documented, this is clearly no mere set of unfounded allegations."
A detailed investigation of the extent to which American universities, Harvard and Yale in particular, collaborated with government intelligence agencies in monitoring and suppressing political dissent in the early cold war period. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Or as a warning of how long stretches of hard times can bring out the worst in people."
Peukert, who died in 1990 at age 39, also wrote Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition and Racism in Everyday Life. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Sharply, even poetically written, under waves of nightmare."
Unique concentration-camp memoir by an Italian Jewess who was sent to Birkenau in April 1944, and later moved to Auschwitz. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Still, a sound—if guarded and dense—call to reason about the new balance in US-European relations."
Authoritative analysis of how to relate to the powerhouse that is Europe today, by Treverton (Senior Fellow/Council on Foreign Relations; Covert Action, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >

HILL RAT by John L. Jackley
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Released: May 1, 1992

"The same could be said of the author."
Brittle exposÇ of Congress by a former aide to three Democratic congressmen. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Erudite and action-packed, poetic and personable: a must for anyone seeking an unadulterated view of life in the Central Asian republics, still being swept by change. (Thirty-five b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The turbulent chronicle of an overland trip through six Moslem republics of the former USSR, undertaken by Uzbekistani poet/publisher Akchurin in mid-1990 as the Soviet state entered its final year. Read full book review >
THE CONSERVATIVE CRACK-UP by Jr. Tyrrell
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Tyrrell has a lot to say about virtually everything under the American political sun, and much of what he says is noteworthy; but some judicious editing would have pruned his more prickly pontifications."
The founder of The American Spectator and author of The Liberal Crack-Up (1984), etc., widens the scope of his satiric fire to include his fellow conservatives. Read full book review >
SHERIDAN by Roy Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"A pungent, authoritative, and convincing portrait of the bantam cadet who became one of the Civil War's giants. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs; four maps.)"
A vigorous biography of the pugnacious Civil War general and Indian fighter, affectionately called ``Little Phil''—behind his back. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 30, 1992

"Ironically, Gates's attempt to broaden the audience for the excluded fails for the simplest of reasons: It is written in narrowly constricting academic jargon."
A distinguished scholar fires his salvo in the Battle of the Books now raging in academe over opening core curricula to non- Western works by women and people of color. Read full book review >
LEE AND JACKSON by Paul D. Casdorph
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 29, 1992

"Lee and Jackson. (Illustrations, maps—not seen.)"
In an engrossing but largely unpersuasive dual biography, Casdorph (History/Virginia State) argues that the ``close connection between Lee and Jackson started long before their glory days upon the fields of northern Virginia''; that ``it was an association, however sporadic, that enabled each man to test the other's mettle''; and that this ``interconnectiveness'' led the two soldiers to their military triumphs. Read full book review >
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Released: April 27, 1992

"An informed and informative appreciation of an influential industry."
From a veteran pollster, a thoughtful overview of public- opinion research and of those who helped make it a sociopolitical force in the US. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >