History Book Reviews (page 925)

HISTORY
Released: April 23, 1992

"Splendid tales of combat, but don't look here for what it all meant."
An Air Force officer's vigorous account of the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 23, 1992

"Ultimately, we feel like tourists who have been on an interesting trip but do not deeply understand where it is we have been."
Since the mid-1970's, southern Africa has been engulfed in bloody conflict. Read full book review >

FORESTS by Robert Pogue Harrison
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 1992

"Harrison's original and perspicacious excavation brings cultural resonance and suggestive thought to today's ecological issues. (Eight halftones—not seen.)"
A thoughtful consideration by Harrison (French and Italian Literature/Stanford) of the role that forests have played in the cultural imagination of the West. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 1992

"A skillful and captivating account."
How the freedom movements in black America and India joined hands before the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., and marched together into the heart of the 20th century. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 20, 1992

"We can not yet, and perhaps never will, eliminate philosophy or psychology from the discussion."
``Strenuous'' is how Nobelist (Physiology or Medicine, 1972) Edelman describes the difficulties readers will encounter as they ply their way through yet another texty analysis of what it means to be a mind. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 17, 1992

"An unusual and engrossing take on a fairly familiar bit of British history, rendered with freshness and literary polish."
Another splendid historical study by Moorhouse (On the Other Side, 1991; Imperial City, 1988, etc.), who here details the effects of the disastrous 1915 Gallipoli campaign on Bury, Lancashire, an English mill town that was the headquarters of a regiment heavily involved in the fighting. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1992

"A powerful biography—critical but sympathetic—of a driven man whose dark side permeates the narrative. (Thirty-six photographs—not seen.)"
An unsparing profile of James Forrestal (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy under Truman, by Hoopes (The Devil and John Foster Dulles, 1973, etc.) and Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 1992

"There is much that is stimulating in Rosenfield's rereading of history and case studies, but his synthesis may swing the pendulum too far in the direction of an all-encompassing explanatory principle that reverses Descartes's dictum: For Rosenfield, it is I am (have a body), therefore I think."
City University's Rosenfield has been described as one ``trained as a mathematician, a physician, a philosopher, and a historian of ideas.'' Aspects of all four are reflected in this short and provocative work, with perhaps the lion's share being that of the philosopher. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 14, 1992

"Strictly an introduction to a complex subject, but, in its yearning and contradictions, an unusually revealing one."
A companion volume to an upcoming Discovery/BBC TV series, this passionate meditation on Hispanic cultural identity from Fuentes (Constancia, 1990, etc.) unfolds with all the color, urgency, and perhaps inevitable superficiality of a popular documentary. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 8, 1992

"A fine biography and an evocative portrait of Trott's times. (Twenty-eight b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A close look into Hitler's Germany via the life of aristocratic anti-Nazi Adam von Trott zu Solz, by British historian MacDonogh. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 3, 1992

"Readers interested in the extraordinary events of 1989 would do better to look at Mark Frankland's The Patriots' Revolution (reviewed above)."
A rather dry account of the failure of Communism in Eastern Europe, told by an expatriate Romanian academic (Political Science/Univ. of Maryland)—long on background, well documented, but plodding as narrative. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 3, 1992

"Provocative and illuminating."
A skillfully argued if not always convincing explanation of how Union and Confederate political and military leaders executed their respective game plans for winning the Civil War. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >