History Book Reviews (page 925)

DAUGHTERS by Gerald Early
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Interesting but rarely illuminating."
Early's mushy, self-conscious essays recounting discussions with his daughters, poems to them, and diary excerpts have the appeal of a stranger's family album. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Freeling here demonstrates that good reading and criticism, like good writing, require the skills of a crime writer, and he has clearly mastered all of them."
``Nearly all good writers are `crime writers,' '' contends Freeling, author of 31 crime novels of his own (Flanders Sky, 1992, etc.), in this collection of essays and aperáus on the writers and writings that most interest and influence him. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"It doesn't analyze anything, but for all that, it's a pretty gripping account of dirty war."
A gung-ho account of 27 years in Special Forces. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"The resonant text is enriched by 90 splendid photos."
Goldstein's wide-angle observance of D-day's 50th anniversary is notable for the effective ways in which it spotlights events on the home front as well as in Normandy and links the past to the present. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"With all its faults, full-blooded rhetoric pouring from the text as it thunders along makes this a wonderful relief from the usual dryness of contemporary historians."
A curious and ambitious book that sets out to map the beginnings of colonial America, from the founding of Virginia, Quebec, and Massachusetts to the Anglo-French war of the mid-17th century. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"A grim portrait of brutality, fanaticism, and the cheapness of human life in wartime, etched by people whose voices have been faithfully rendered."
A harrowing compilation of accounts from survivors of Japanese POW camps in the eastern Pacific. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"Potent, absorbing reflections on past and present."
In a group of atmospheric essays written over a 40-year span, the eminent historian (The End of the Twentieth Century, 1992, etc.) reflects eloquently on his ``brushes with history'' in Europe and America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Anyone who would understand this remarkable journey must read Lurie's book."
There's no semblance or pretense of balance in this unauthorized biography of New York's scandal-plagued three-term senator, Alfonse D'Amato—a lack that is both the book's failing and the source of its fascination. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"The real alchemy here is the magical way academics can turn a simple thesis into a 587-page book and a gold mine of research grants."
A long and quirky look at 1,800 years of minimal Jewish involvement with a pseudoscience, adding little of use either to Jewish history or to the history of science. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >