History Book Reviews (page 923)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 30, 1994

Through her experiences as both reporter and victim of the vicious Colombian drug cartels, Duz†n reveals the symbiotic yet deadly relationship between the drug bosses and her country's political and economic history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 1994

"A grim book that weighs vital questions of guilt, responsibility, and forgiveness."
The story of an SS war criminal, seen through the eyes of Holocaust survivors, and how it took 50 years to bring him to justice. Read full book review >

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Released: March 28, 1994

"Not greatly argued, then, but a high and useful appeal for action."
The legal and routine torture of criminals was abolished in the 19th century, Millett (The Loony-Bin Trip, 1990, etc.) maintains; but torture made a comeback in the 20th century against political enemies of the state, and now half the world's countries use torture to control and intimidate their own citizens. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 26, 1994

"Spankingly well-produced with superb illustrations."
The biographer of Nietzsche, Kafka, Brecht, Sartre, Proust and de Sade takes on Tennessee Williams with intelligent, neatly weighed but uninspired results. Read full book review >
RUSSIA UNDER THE BOLSHEVIK REGIME by Richard Pipes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 1994

"75 black and white illustrations- -not seen."
In the third volume of his magisterial trilogy, Pipes (History/Harvard), author of The Russian Revolution (1990) and Russia under the Old Regime (1975) completes the story from the Bolshevik takeover in 1918 to the death of Lenin in 1924. Read full book review >

THE NEW SUPERREGIONS OF EUROPE by Darrell Delamaide
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Released: March 17, 1994

"That problem notwithstanding, Superregions is full of good ideas, and a fine guide for researchers, businesspeople and others interested in Europe's—and everyone's—future. (10 maps—not seen)"
An engaging look at Europe's economic prospects, forcefully demonstrating that the continent's future will depend on furthering regional alliances that transcend outmoded and restrictive national boundaries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1994

"Hoyt adds nothing to our knowledge of Mussolini and, though claiming to take a fresh look at Il Duce, seems only to confirm that he was a repugnant figure whose rule was a disaster for Italy."
In this odd revisionist biography of Mussolini, Tokyo-based journalist and historian Hoyt (Now Hear This, 1993, etc. etc.) unconvincingly argues that the Fascist leader ``deserves a better rating than he has yet been given in the West.'' Elected prime minister after the 1922 ``March on Rome,'' Mussolini soon established Europe's first modern dictatorship. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 1994

"History in an intimate, personal vein. (16 pages b&w photographs—not seen)"
A descendant's affectionate and affecting account of those who helped make Patton a celebrated family name in the often violent annals of the New World. Read full book review >
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Released: March 16, 1994

"More an artifact than a full exposition of the issues involved, but a primary source response to a craven episode in nomination history."
The nominee for assistant attorney general for civil rights who was dumped by President Clinton in the face of right-wing pressure offers the academic writings that were distorted into soundbites and led to her being labeled a ``quota queen'' by the Wall Street Journal and others. Read full book review >
GOING UP COUNTRY by John Coyne
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Released: March 9, 1994

"Immensely diverse, often clever, unfailingly gripping as volunteers reach through barriers of tradition and culture to touch other lives, while a series of epiphanies blows their minds clear as a moonscape."
Novelist Coyne (Child of Shadows, Fury, etc.), once a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, edits a sheaf of lively essays close to his heart. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 9, 1994

"An urgent and, after the Long Island Railroad massacre, sadly timely wake-up call to stop America's 'new tyranny' of gun violence."
A frightening tour through America's gun culture by way of a single weapon — a semiautomatic hailed by its manufacturer as "the gun that made the '80s roar," and a single criminal — a troubled Virginia teenager who used the gun in a terrifying rampage. Read full book review >
ZLATA'S DIARY by Zlata Filipovic
HISTORY
Released: March 7, 1994

"But that's history's fault, not Zlata's. (First serial rights to Newsweek)"
Originally published in Croat by UNICEF, this is the wartime diary of a Sarajevo girl who has since moved to Paris. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >