History Book Reviews (page 923)

LEAVING ALASKA by Grant Sims
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Ultimately, this book frustrates the reader trying to see the big picture through Sims' eyes, and limits the scope of that vision."
Sims's personal Alaskan journey, detailing the Exxon Valdez spill and culminating in his decision to leave when his Alaskan dream had become too stark even for him. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE ISRAELI-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT by Mark Tessler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"An extensive scholarly presentation of a difficult modern conflict in which the road to peace has been all too frequently obscured."
A dense, well-annotated portrait of Jewish and Arab histories, national aspirations, and conflicts, focusing on the origins of modern Zionism and Arab nationalism with a view to the prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Though Walzer could show himself more aware of some issues, especially gender and race, this is a well-argued, if not always energetic, set of carefully wrought ideas on the state of public moral debate."
Walzer (The Company of Critics, 1988, etc.) thoughtfully answers objections to his many influential volumes of social criticism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"For an academic study of the Middle Ages, remarkably accessible and timely."
A thorough comparative study of the conditions of medieval Jewish life in Christian and Muslim lands. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

This synthesis of history and biography offers a cautionary corrective to less than candid Black Panther accounts like Elaine Brown's A Taste of Power and David Hilliard's This Side of Glory. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Fun to read, skillfully written with guess-who-this-is anecdotes, but still inside a beltway of the mind. (Author tour)"
Former Reagan speechwriter Noonan (What I Saw at the Revolution, 1990) reflects on life outside the Beltway with charm and wit—and a privileged insider's view. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"All in all, a thoughtful, patiently assembled book that probes carefully and with moral toughness into precisely those painful truths."
As in God's Dust (1989), Buruma takes a psychological and cultural voyage into nationalism, guilt, and self-delusion — in this case, of two of WW II's defeated Axis powers. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 31, 1994

"If we should learn to think of public service as a reward, not a calling, and the Supreme Court as a check on majority tyranny rather than a parallel force of public will, then shouldn't he have written more about how to change public attitudes?"
An evenhanded, thoughtful, but ultimately frustrating analysis of the sound-bite-driven confirmation process, by a scholar who regularly ventures into the public debate. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 31, 1994

"Despite such limitations, Civil War buffs north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line will still find enough in this book not to be entirely disappointed."
A flawed chronicle of the two 1863 Tennessee battles in the Civil War that fell on the heels of Gettysburg and Vicksburg. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 26, 1994

"As the events of WW II fade from living memory, this book will hopefully preserve the work of that era's journalists for generations to come."
An outstanding and colorful account of the men and women who covered WW II for newspapers and radio. Read full book review >
IKE AND MONTY by Norman Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1994

"Generals at War abounds with such telling anecdotes and also is given backbone by Gelb's (Desperate Venture, 1992) clear understanding of warfare and the politics of WW II. (26 b&w photos)"
This is a double portrait of the two very different personalities whose cooperation at the apex of the Allied military command in WW II had profound implications for the war effort. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 25, 1994

"Unfortunately, having vented so much spleen on the bad guys, he has little space left for a positive message."
In an openly partisan book, the former congressman and secretary of the interior attacks those he deems responsible for wars both hot and cold, for misguided foreign policies, and for out-and-out lies and cover-ups. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >