History Book Reviews (page 925)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Often exciting as an adventure tale, this is also a satisfying story of a modest man finding himself capable of the highest level of self-sacrifice."
A riveting first book by Patzert, who was captain of one of ships that ran refugee European Jews into British-protected Palestine before Israeli independence; not just a sea story, but a moral adventure as well. Read full book review >
BLACK FIRE by Nelson Peery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"His autobiography provides not only a portrait of a fascinating life but a history of 20th-century black radicalism."
A well-written and engaging autobiography from a hitherto little-known figure in American radicalism. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"A tad tactful at times, and occasionally repetitive in noting the central role played by men in most historical accounts, but clearheaded, and often a pleasure to read."
A ``late-twentieth century understanding of historical truth,'' outlined by three women historians, Appleby (History/UCLA), Hunt (History/UPenn) and Jacob (History/New School for Social Research). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A balanced account of a storied fighting man's achievements on and off the battlefield. (16 pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A first-rate narrative take on the life and times of Lt. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"The forthright text has 13 contemporary photos."
A blunt, spare autobiography from a past president of the American Fighter Aces Association. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Absorbing and well researched, Chalfant's study is a signal contribution to Western and Mexican War literature."
Focusing on the importance of the Santa Fe Trail in the Mexican War, attorney and Western historian Chalfant (Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers, 1989, etc.) vividly and eloquently explains how the war and the incursions of rapacious Americans along the trail violently ended the local Native Americans' traditional way of life. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"However, had the authors avoided cutesy neologisms, visits to another planet, and other textural distractions, their many useful examples and well-taken points might have been even better taken."
Riding the wave of popularizations of chaos and complexity theory is this new contender by a pair of English science writers, Cohen, a biologist, and Stewart, a mathematician. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"This is a well-written, mature collection of essays that deserves a wide readership."
An accessible and revealing, against-the-grain look at the twists and turns both of owning and being a slave in the 19th- century and of the business of researching, revising, and writing history. Read full book review >
ANGELS OF DEATH by Edwin P. Hoyt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A revelatory appraisal of an Axis kingpin whose sociopolitical career has been accorded far less attention than that of the madman he served so loyally. (Photos)"
Disregard the deceptive title. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A disturbing snapshot of a nation in crisis, with a critical message: If you love your country, take action."
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Johnson (Sleepwalking through History, 1991): a depressing look at America's disintegrating society and the moribund American dream. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

A provocative, biting and often entertaining collection of essays by a Village Voice columnist who explores black identity and the ``politics of style.'' A ``Bulletproof diva,'' writes Jones (a playwright and co- author of three of Spike Lee's movie-making books), has ``lip and nerve'' and she makes tart columns out of what could be coffee talk: ``my slave name,'' black men who flaunt their infidelity, the dramas (and politics) of hair care, the ``butt revolution...brought to you by black music, designer jeans and MTV.'' A feminist and artist, Jones explores the aspirations of her post-civil-rights-era middle-class urban peers, and has seen enough of the country to tell race tales of Utah and of Minneapolis, where ``jungle fever'' works only for white women. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"A popular but intelligent approach to a continuing concern."
Is there such a thing as a universal code of ethics? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >