History Book Reviews (page 928)

Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A flimsy frame for some bright polar portraits. (Photos—color and b&w—not seen.)"
Uneven mix of travelogue and polar history, as Fisher (Environmental Sciences/Univ. of Miami; Hostage One, 1989, etc.) sails on the first surface vessel to reach the North Pole. Read full book review >
BAT BOMB by Jack Couffer
Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"A well-told, stranger-than-fiction tale that could make a terrific movie. (Thirty-three b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another batman has returned—this one with inside information on a wondrously droll, highly classified yarn from WW II. Read full book review >

MOORISH SPAIN by Richard Fletcher
Released: Oct. 28, 1992

A brief yet insightful introduction to Moorish Spain, from the invasion in A.D. 711 by Berbers crossing the Straits of Gibraltar to the expulsion in 1614 of 300,000 Moslems by Philip III. Read full book review >
LEGACY TO POWER by Robert Mann
Released: Oct. 26, 1992

"An absorbing account of one of America's great Çminences grises. (Photos—not seen.)"
Adroitly told biography of Russell Long, longtime US senator from Louisiana, by his former press secretary. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"Superb and definitive. (Fifteen maps.)"
Relying primarily on firsthand accounts, Baltimore Sun reporter Furgurson (Hard Right, 1986, etc.), whose great- grandfathers fought on the Confederate side at Chancellorsville, compellingly re-creates Robert E. Lee's bloodiest and most brilliant victory. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Clairs—one sure to interest any serious student of the Middle Ages. (Thirty- two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In a highly eclectic approach to medieval history, the prolific Sinclair (Spiegel, 1987, etc.) explores links between his ancestors—the St. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"A thoughtful, fair, and eloquent memoir that marshals the evidence on each side with such an even hand as to be probably definitive. (Forty-two photographs—not seen.)"
An admirably balanced account of the first Nuremberg trial, by Telford (Munich, 1979, etc.), who helped prosecute the Nazi war criminals. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Nonetheless, those seeking a clear and consistent analysis of the meaning of free speech will be disappointed."
In a sometimes confused, sometimes admirable polemic, Hentoff (John Cardinal O'Connor, 1988, etc.) argues against restraints on free expression in a wide variety of contemporary contexts. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 20, 1992

"Another story of true-life derring-do from Kirkpatrick (coauthor, Turning the Tide, 1991; A Cast of Killers, 1986), who once again blends offbeat characters, local color, and a lurking mystery into top-drawer nonfiction. (Eight pages of color photographs, 45 line drawings—not seen.)"
Exciting Indiana Jones-like adventure with a cast of real-life archaeologists, temple looters, smugglers, and art collectors, centering on a fabulous, long-lost treasure. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Fascinating for its documentation of tribal cultures; admirable for its ability to keep the humanitarian aims of anthropological study always within reach."
An unsentimental look at the ways in which ``primitive'' or ``folk'' societies, independent of colonial influence, engender in their inhabitants the anxiety, alienation, and suffering we have historically attributed to urban civilization. Read full book review >
ZINKY BOYS by Svetlana Alexievich
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"An oral history that has considerable relevance for a superpower whose veterans and citizens are still coming to terms with the involvement in Vietnam."
An affecting, often haunting, compilation of first-person testimony on the Soviet experience in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"No great shakes, even for glasnost groupies. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A plodding account of the Story of the Century, told by journalist and Russian scholar Felshman with all the verve and wit of a back issue of Pravda. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >