History Book Reviews (page 928)

MAFIA COP by Lou Eppolito
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"NYPD buffs. (Photos—16 pages of b&w—not seen.)"
A Manhattan cop breaks family tradition—his uncles, cousin, father, and grandfather all were members of the Gambino crime family—and is accused of selling his shield after a highly decorated career. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An axe-grinding account of a failed enterprise that deserved, if not a better fate, at least a more accomplished Boswell. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A poorly written, ostentatiously scathing, and utterly dispensable log of an airline's slow-motion crackup. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

From 1922-25, The Nation published essays by leading writers on each of the then-48 states, plus one on N.Y.C. Here, dusted off and intelligently introduced by Borus (History/Univ. of Rochester), are those pieces, by the likes of H.L. Mencken (``Maryland: Apex of Normalcy''), Sherwood Anderson (``Ohio: I'll Say We've Done Well''), Sinclair Lewis (``Minnesota: The Norse State''), James M. Cain (``West Virginia: A Mine-Field Melodrama''), W.E.B. du Bois, Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Edmund Wilson, Jr., and a host of lesser-knowns. Read full book review >
WITH REAGAN by Edwin Meese
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"A brisk and engrossing—if decidedly biased—memoir."
Ronald Reagan's friend, confidant, and attorney general offers a lively and absorbing apologia for his old boss and his Administration. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Occasionally strident, always implacable and severe, these essays express in many ways the prevailing mood of dissatisfaction in the country today."
Eighteen trenchant essays on American politics and society during the cold war. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An intense and persuasive call for Israelis to confront their consciences—and for others to consider some of the spiritual questions imbedded in the politics."
An American briefly imprisoned in his adopted Israel—for refusing to serve in the army on the West Bank—ponders the moral and practical implications of Israel's increasingly violent occupation of the territories. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"An absorbing if far-fetched story of spiritual adventure, likely to interest the same Castaneda-oriented readership as Taisha Abelar's The Sorcerers' Crossing (reviewed above)."
Psychologist Villoldo and playwright Jendresen (The Four Winds, 1990) reteam to describe Villoldo's latest shamanistic adventure in Peru. Read full book review >
EXPERIENCE OF WAR by Robert--Ed. Cowley
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Several maps help vivify this bonanza for military-history buffs."
Bountiful anthology of articles from MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Valuable, if solemn, first-person insights on the price of renewal from a professional executive who knows the territory. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
An insider's earnest report on how Xerox won, lost, and regained control of the multibillion-dollar global market it launched in plain-paper copiers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"The man who once ran a pig for president has become a seasoned do-gooder, and this enjoyable if unabashedly sentimental collection may well succeed in convincing readers that working to ease suffering in the world can be a wonderful trip."
Legendary hippie Wavy Gravy presents 49 goofy and sometimes gripping autobiographical vignettes on everything from Woodstock to Janis Joplin's infectious laugh to the charitable Seva Foundation, using his own life and distinctly wavy sense of humor to get people to ``dare to struggle, dare to grin.'' ``What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.'' This sunny if unrealistic announcement, blasted through the loudspeakers at Woodstock, became emblematic for Gravy as, over the years, the toothless, grinning founding father of the still-thriving Hog Farm commune came to represent humanitarian and spiritual action as a fun pursuit, a prankster path. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Though Wills continues to wear his erudition on his sleeve, he is also, as ever, provocative—and, here, eloquent and moving too. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another attempt by journalist-historian Wills (Under God, 1990, etc.) to peel away layers of myth to extract the original context and continued relevance of an American institution—as he did in his trilogy about the Enlightenment influence on early America: Cincinnatus (1984), Explaining America (1981), and Inventing America (1978). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 31, 1992

"Particularly engaging as a chronicle of French defeat and, despite all best advice, the taking up of the doomed struggle by the US."
Memoir of Vietnam by the author of A Very Large Consulate (1988) and other novels, including one about the French war against the Vietnamese (To a Silent Valley, 1961). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >