History Book Reviews (page 925)

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"This falls considerably short of its potential as a major study of the tragic destruction of the Amazon and its indigenous people. (24 pages b&w photos, maps, not seen)"
Though chilling, this unfocused narrative fails to illuminate the purported relationship between Nelson Rockefeller, missionaries in South America, and the modern genocide of Amazonian Indians. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Howard says is needed to reform our regulatory system."
Attorney Howard makes an obvious but important point by decrying a system of governmental regulations whose complexity and detail often cause more harm than good; but his solutions are vague and quixotic. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Entertaining and sensitive."
How six resourceful women faced the perils of being married to King Henry VIII and managed to play an active role in the man's world of early 16th century England. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

The American ``occupation'' of Britain during WW II—the phrase is George Orwell's—could have been a disaster but, in the event, was almost a triumph. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Well written and well researched, a distinct contribution to the subject, even if land and legal records do not do justice to the agony of the times."
A good academic history of a small community in Ireland whose inhabitants died or migrated to the US during the famine of 1847- 48. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Minor problems, and a thick theoretical vocabulary aside, Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, and intellectually challenging."
An ambitious revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A fascinating record that casts each of its formidable protagonists in a gentler and more personal light."
An absorbing document of a time, a culture, and a friendship. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"Heroic polar firsts are a thing of the past, but going over these attempts still makes for an absorbing evening. (Illustrations, not seen)"
A trim, at times hypnotic, history of polar exploration. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"Although this is an authoritative scholarly work, it suffers from an excess of sophistication and circumspection, so that the questions readers most want answered are not addressed squarely enough."
This account of how US authorities studied the surviving victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ought to be of wide interest, but Lindee's version of the story will not attract a general readership outside academic circles. Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S CHAMPION by Paul Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 1994

"Enlightening and accessible to any reader interested in the struggle against slavery and for civil liberties."
An informative and brisk biography of a courageous journalist, by the senior US senator from Illinois, a follow-up to Simon's 1964 YA biography (Martyr to Freedom, not reviewed). Read full book review >
17F by Donald McCormick
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 9, 1994

"Although Fleming was ultimately a private character with a very public quasi-alter ego in James Bond, this thin work has the whitewashed feel of an authorized biography—but without the privileged access or intimacy with its subject."
This rushed, journalistic coverage of the fascinating Fleming only rarely lives up to its sensational and complex subject, even while dispatching many of the occluding myths around him. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 7, 1994

"The volume leaves the young minster on the eve of a watershed in his own life, in the life of his people, and in the life of America as a whole: the Montgomery bus boycott."
This second of a projected 14 volumes of Martin Luther King's collected works covers the period from his postgraduate education at Boston University's School of Theology through the end of his first year as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >