History Book Reviews (page 928)

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"A pathbreaking, superb contribution to Holocaust studies."
Bauer offers an eye-opening look into the following question: Could Jewish leaders in America, England, Palestine, and occupied Europe itself have ransomed significant numbers of their brethren? Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW YEARS by Eugen Weber
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"An eloquent and thoughtful look at France in the interwar period."
Weber (European History/UCLA; France, Fin de Siäcle, 1986; etc.) skillfully paints a somber portrait of France in decline. Read full book review >

QUEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY 1992 by Peter Goldman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

A fly-in-campaign-headquarters perspective on the last presidential race, written by Newsweek's special election team, several of whose members also worked on Quest for the Presidency 1988 (1989). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Jocular and occasionally appealing, this suffers from an almost complete lack of hard information or historical perspective on the very real contributions of the WAVES."
Wingo rather frothily admits that, like ``all good sea stories,'' her reminiscence of her stint in the WAVES has been ``embellished.'' Now a retired teacher and a Santa Monica community activist, Wingo remembers feeling like Joan of Arc at her enlistment in the WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service) in 1944 at the age of 20. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Highly persuasive."
A compelling book dealing with the question of MIAs in Vietnam. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Overdue witness, eloquent and harrowing. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A wide-angle saga that adds a chapter long missing from official and traditional histories of WW II's Pacific theater: the story of the torments endured by Allied military personnel captured when Japanese forces overran Greater East Asia. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"It's an honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade. (Photos and maps, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club selections)"
An unpretentious personal memoir of participation in WW II. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"An incomparable record of how ordinary and extraordinary men and women endured the unendurable."
There may be no event in this century that has been more written about than the First World War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"A riveting portrait of two men who felt they had outlived their historical moment."
Historical hindsight is always 20/20, as this otherwise thoughtful and well-written comparative biography of two important Civil War commanders shows. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1994

"Weaker on policy than politics, but with nuance and psychological truth."
An assessment of the first year of Bill Clinton's presidency with no major scoops but with long-term insight into Clinton's style and character. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Steeped in thoughtful commentary and deftly written with a reporter's eye for detail, this comprehensive history is a jewel. (Author tour)"
An erudite, astute synopsis of Israel's economic, social, and political upheavals from 1987 to 1993. Read full book review >
FRANCO by Paul Preston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"Careful and thorough, if uninspired, and likely to remain the standard biography in English for some time to come."
A definitive but dull biography of the least known of Europe's 20th-century dictators. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >