History Book Reviews (page 925)

QUEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY 1992 by Peter Goldman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

A fly-in-campaign-headquarters perspective on the last presidential race, written by Newsweek's special election team, several of whose members also worked on Quest for the Presidency 1988 (1989). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Jocular and occasionally appealing, this suffers from an almost complete lack of hard information or historical perspective on the very real contributions of the WAVES."
Wingo rather frothily admits that, like ``all good sea stories,'' her reminiscence of her stint in the WAVES has been ``embellished.'' Now a retired teacher and a Santa Monica community activist, Wingo remembers feeling like Joan of Arc at her enlistment in the WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service) in 1944 at the age of 20. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Highly persuasive."
A compelling book dealing with the question of MIAs in Vietnam. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Overdue witness, eloquent and harrowing. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A wide-angle saga that adds a chapter long missing from official and traditional histories of WW II's Pacific theater: the story of the torments endured by Allied military personnel captured when Japanese forces overran Greater East Asia. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"It's an honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade. (Photos and maps, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club selections)"
An unpretentious personal memoir of participation in WW II. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"An incomparable record of how ordinary and extraordinary men and women endured the unendurable."
There may be no event in this century that has been more written about than the First World War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"A riveting portrait of two men who felt they had outlived their historical moment."
Historical hindsight is always 20/20, as this otherwise thoughtful and well-written comparative biography of two important Civil War commanders shows. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1994

"Weaker on policy than politics, but with nuance and psychological truth."
An assessment of the first year of Bill Clinton's presidency with no major scoops but with long-term insight into Clinton's style and character. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Steeped in thoughtful commentary and deftly written with a reporter's eye for detail, this comprehensive history is a jewel. (Author tour)"
An erudite, astute synopsis of Israel's economic, social, and political upheavals from 1987 to 1993. Read full book review >
FRANCO by Paul Preston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"Careful and thorough, if uninspired, and likely to remain the standard biography in English for some time to come."
A definitive but dull biography of the least known of Europe's 20th-century dictators. Read full book review >
THE FATHER by Alfred Habegger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This deserves an honored place on the shelves with previous biographies of the James family by Leon Edel, R.W.B. Lewis, and Jean Strouse."
Can a minor literary figure sustain interest throughout a major biography? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"All the same, his case studies, autobiographical anecdotes, and guidance on how to deal with sleep problems without drugs will intrigue many readers and possibly provide relief to others."
A prominent neurophysiologist explains his theories about the brain's chemistry and how it affects our conscious (and unconscious) activities. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >