History Book Reviews (page 925)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Unfortunately, Joselit ends her tale too soon."
An alternately nostalgic, entertaining, and annoying portrait of what Joselit sees as the domestication, commercialization, and sentimentalization of American Jewish culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Nonetheless, overall, this is a solid and gripping account of Packwood's misadventures, a strong indictment of power misused for sexual purposes. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A breezily written but meaty biographical sketch of Senator Bob Packwood, accused serial sexual harasser and adulterer. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Extensive research enlivened by a good critical eye and vivid writing distinguishes this thoughtful book."
With fluent commentary and language, Franklin highlights the importance of autobiography in the African-American literary tradition. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 31, 1995

A spirited collection of more than 50 short writings by African-American college students. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 31, 1995

"Offering the first comprehensive coverage of an important chapter in the long, sorry tale of US involvement in Vietnam, AndradÇ does his subject proud and sets a high standard for any who follow. (Maps, not seen)"
A masterful account of the last great engagement of the Vietnam War in which American forces participated. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 30, 1995

"A notable contribution to the history of Nazi Germany—and a sobering reminder of what can happen when the claims of science, bureaucracy, and expertise go unchallenged."
A chilling documentation of what happened in Germany when the Nazis seized power and put their ideas on eugenics and euthanasia into action. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 30, 1995

"This eloquent, well-written, and depressing review of the folly and tragedy of humankind's recent past is even more oppressive when it looks into what appears to be an unstable future. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A troubling look at world history during the ``Short Twentieth Century,'' from 1914 to 1991. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Access to Vietnamese records makes this the definitive closure of a sad chapter in American history and must reading for all those interested in the topic."
A timely and well-presented work that seeks to dispel the myth that there are still American POWs held in Southeast Asia. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 24, 1995

A smoothly readable account of the rapid rise and fall of a tough Vietnamese gang in New York City's Chinatown. Read full book review >
A BEGINNER'S FAITH IN THINGS UNSEEN by John Hay
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 23, 1995

"This memoir shows no diminution in Hay's genius for expressing a powerful and contagious appreciation of nature."
In this eloquent memoir, on the eve of his 80th birthday, Hay (The Bird of Light, 1991) reviews the lessons of a life lived close to nature. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 23, 1995

"A fine narrative history, written in a style suggesting a Tom Clancy thriller, that fills the void left by superficial media reporting."
A candid and gripping look at military leaders interacting with one another and with sensitive allies under enormous pressure during the Gulf War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 18, 1995

"But again, Erlich's own intellectually hollow polemic isn't it."
The story of the relationship, real and imagined, between the biblical land of Israel and the modern state of Israel, would make a wonderful book—but this extended apology for the perceived faults of modern Jewish nationalism isn't it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >