History Book Reviews (page 925)

THE DEATHS OF SYBIL BOLTON by Jr. McAuliffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"His attribution of his alcoholism to his Indianness, for instance, comes perilously close to racism. (Author tour)"
McAuliffe, an editor for the Washington Post, offers an informative, often poignant story of a suppressed chapter of American history—a kind of Native American Roots. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A painstakingly researched, if sometimes ploddingly written, work that effectively weaves together the disparate threads that went into the theater we equate with the name Brecht."
Emulating the breadth characteristic of the epic theater, Fuegi (Germanic & Slavic Lit./Univ. of Maryland) determines that Brecht's theater wasn't really Brecht's theater after all and that Brecht himself, that rather heroic figure of 20th-century drama, was, in fact, a pig of a human being. Read full book review >

THE LAST YEARS OF THE MONROE DOCTRINE, 1945-1993 by Gaddis Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The muddled historical argument about the Monroe Doctrine is redeemed by a thoughtful review of recent US policy in the Americas."
A fanciful argument that superpower rivalry in Latin America undermined and finally killed the Monroe Doctrine (which asserted American dominance in the Americas and nonintervention in Europe) as a basic feature of American foreign policy. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Still, this is an enjoyably radical rethinking of the mystery of the pyramids, with some ingenious arguments made in lucid style."
This fascinating archaeological detective story argues that the great pyramids of Egypt's Fourth Dynasty (c. 26002400 b.c.) were vast astronomically sophisticated temples, rather than the pharaonic tombs depicted by conventional Egyptology. Read full book review >
THE WIESENTHAL FILE by Alan Levy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Finally, he offers a guarded evaluation of Wiesenthal's role in the controversy surrounding Kurt Waldheim, suggesting that a much earlier rift between Wiesenthal and the World Jewish Congress sparked much of the name-calling directed at the veteran Nazi-hunter in recent discussions of that case."
This biography of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is so well written that it often seems like a thriller rather than a serious examination of the aftermath of the Holocaust filtered through one survivor's experience. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A well-researched, carefully reasoned account of the little- studied battle that made ultimate American victory in the Pacific inevitable."
In this compelling account, retired combat veteran Cutler (Strategy/US Naval Academy; Brown Water, Black Berets, 1988) offers balanced criticism and praise of the American performance in a critical WW II battle. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 29, 1994

"When most readers are still surprised that the South held elections at all during its brief independent life, this book is a refreshing and provocative story that should appeal to Civil War buffs and casual readers interested in American politics."
A thoughtful and engaging study of political ethics and infighting in the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 27, 1994

"But overall, this artfully told account leaves one hungry to experience Salomon's unique legacy firsthand. (8-page color insert, 40 b&w photos, not seen)"
An unusual biography of an artist who herself painted an unusual autobiography before she was murdered at Auschwitz. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 1994

"Based on meticulous research and interviews with many key figures (including Westmoreland himself), the book offers a fair hearing for a man who has been alternately overlooked and maligned by history."
A biography of the military commander who, in this sound and balanced portrayal, was bound by his training and convictions to win an unwinnable war, ultimately the costliest in US history. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 25, 1994

"With the exception of her last tale, Iritani's narrative is a fresh and revealing approach to a now familiar theme."
A contemplative examination of Japanese-American relations on the personal level, through four stories set in a Washington State town. Read full book review >
THE FIRECRACKER BOYS by Daniel T. O'Neill
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 20, 1994

"Eyebrow- and consciousness-raising at its ecological best."
The story of how we nearly Chernobylized our northwest Alaskan wilderness. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 18, 1994

"Purple prose, flowery extended metaphors, and an obvious nostalgic longing for the 1960s mar what aspires to be an important study."
An alternately serious and silly look at the 60s as an era of spiritual change in the United States. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >