History Book Reviews (page 925)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Scholarly, understated, massive history of the Crown Colony, from Britisher and former international banker Welsh. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A top-level insider's dramatic, stranger-than-fiction disclosures in the great game of espionage. (Maps and photographs- -not seen)"
The suspenseful, eye-opening memoir of a Soviet spy who came in from the cold. Read full book review >

THE RUSH LIMBAUGH STORY by Paul D. Colford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Lightweight bio of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III, the heartland eminence whose glib wit and rough charms have made him a heavyweight champion of tory causes. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not for the casual reader, but a gold mine for history students and those interested in the Puritan origins of the US."
The impact of the Bible on England's experiment as a republic, charted expertly by one of the leading historians of the period. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Well-researched local history on a still timely issue: the effect of class and ethnicity on criminal justice. (Seven b&w illustrations)"
An intriguing account of a New England rush to judgment in the Jacksonian Era. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A potent blend of high adventure and moral polemic, and yet further testimony to the ongoing tragedy of Shangri-La."
The sky burial is the ancient Tibetan ceremony in which a corpse, hacked to pieces, is left on a mountainside to be eaten by vultures. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Heated, hypnotic, bizarre: Mesoamerican history as if composed by an Aztec priest. (One halftone, one map)"
French avant-garde novelist Le ClÇzio (The Giants, 1975, etc.) offers up a meditation and lamentation on Mesoamerican civilizations and the Spanish conquest. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A clever, disciplined, and resourceful reading of the commonplace: a pioneering study that, though somewhat academic, will no doubt influence more popular studies. (Eight halftones, eight line drawings)"
To this original and erudite study, Lott (American Studies/University of Virginia) brings a mass of obscure information and a multidisciplinary approach, interpreting the meaning of black-face minstrelsy to the white working classes who invented and performed it. Read full book review >
BERTRAND RUSSELL by Caroline Moorehead
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Moorehead shapes Russell's complex character into a vivid and compelling portrait: an exemplary accomplishment. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs)"
Ambitious biography by Moorehead (ed., Betrayal, 1990, etc.) of one of the most fascinating of modern British lives, taking in a century of social and cultural upheaval. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A challenging perspective on one of America's cherished heroes, depicting Lincoln as a consummate politician, more determined than scrupulous, without diminishing the magnitude of his achievements. (One hundred illustrations)"
Smoothly written and solidly researched biography by Pulitzer- winning historian Neely (Saint Louis University; The Fate of Liberty, 1991, etc.—not reviewed) that focuses particularly on the moral dilemmas and accomplishments of Lincoln during his presidency and years in public office. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Superficial, vituperative treatment of a complex subject."
A harsh and unconvincing look at FDR's foreign policy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"The Clinton name, though, may supply enough fuel to shoot this book into a wide readership and 15 minutes of fame. (First printing of 30,000)"
Captivating but flawed crime story attempting to link a crooked Arkansas sheriff, a shady prosecutor, and then-Governor Bill Clinton in a criminal conspiracy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >