History Book Reviews (page 928)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A vivid retrospective, rich in tactical and strategic detail. (Eleven maps.)"
Another tour de force from military historian Hammel (Ambush Valley, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FOUNDERS OF AMERICA by Francis Jennings
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A timely reminder of the importance of Indians in all periods of American history. (Eighty photographs; ten maps.)"
A latecomer in the outpouring of revisionist histories prompted by the Columbus celebration, this intensely idiosyncratic account reviews the centuries of conflict that led to the destruction of substantial Native American civilizations. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Powerful and moving—it's difficult to imagine a book that could say much more about Siberia, or say it better. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations, maps—not seen.)"
Well-written, vastly informative history of a largely unknown land, by Bobrick (Fearful Majesty, 1987). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Oral history of a compellingly high order."
Haunting voices from a dark, disgraceful past, which afford a stunning and revelatory panorama of Japan's WW II experience. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE MIND by Nicholas Humphrey
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Only then, perhaps, could one argue that Humphrey has developed a new theory of perception—not a touchy-feely one—to explain consciousness."
Actually, not a history of the mind, but a theory of consciousness—and an amazingly parsimonious theory at that. Read full book review >

CAULDRON OF TURMOIL by Barry Rubin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"More a well-informed journalistic account of a recent crisis than a penetrating analysis."
From Middle East expert Rubin (Istanbul Intrigues, 1989, etc.): a policy history of the Gulf War, concentrating on the misconceptions and political climate that led to, and took place behind, the day-to-day events of the conflict. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The sense you finally come away with is wistfulness: a good mind paddling manfully on, looking for an intellectual mainstream it never quite finds—and that may never have been there in the first place."
As a nonacademic poet and critic (for years he was a business executive), Gioia is rightfully appalled at the capture of poetry by the English departments of the land, and at how, in this enervating captivity, it has become trivialized, been made uniform, and lost all general readership. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"In any case, a moral call to arms, trumpeted with spirit."
A Catholic priest sets out to explain that the union of a free society and a free-market economy is not a shotgun wedding but a marriage made in heaven. Read full book review >
NOFZIGER by Lyn Nofziger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A partisan, mean-spirited, but sharply observed view of a fascinating political era."
Republican Party heavyweight Nofziger's political memoir details Ronald Reagan's rise from perceived joke to popular President, and Nofziger's role in that rise. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Neither dry chronology nor anecdotal diversion, but exemplary social history. (Numerous b&w illustrations.)"
Now embraced as a cultural treasure and called the most democratic space in New York, Central Park has a contentious and elitist history—expertly chronicled here by Rosenzweig (History/George Mason Univ.) and Blackmar (History/Columbia Univ.). Read full book review >
LINCOLN, THE WAR PRESIDENT by Gabor S. Boritt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"First-rate commentary by some of our finest historians on the President tested more than any other by war. (Twenty b&w illustrations.)"
Seven sterling essays that assess the nature of Lincoln's leadership as commander in chief. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >