History Book Reviews (page 928)

HISTORY
Released: May 12, 1994

"A worthwhile entry into current discussions of race relations, though it requires a dollop of skepticism."
A challenging, if not always thorough, reminder that middle- class blacks face accumulated experiences of racism too often ignored by the majority culture and scholars of race relations. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 12, 1994

"The book also has the virtue of being a de facto hands-on guide to walking in the Wienerwald, but one that will be primarily read as an anecdotal view of a largely vanished culture."
``A culture is not better than its woods,'' Auden once said. Read full book review >

THE NEW YORK IDEA by Mario Cuomo
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 11, 1994

"Perhaps Cuomo's future campaign committee will buy and distribute this book; it has little other purpose."
An odd, self-serving mix—part New York handbook, part explanation of recent state initiatives, part future campaign manifesto—from New York's governor (Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo, 1984). Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENCY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN by Phillip Shaw Paludan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 1994

"A significant achievement in Lincoln scholarship."
In this narrative history of the Great Emancipator's administration, Paludan (History/Kansas; Victims, 1988) skillfully delineates the great accomplishments and salient shortcomings of Lincoln and the government he led. Read full book review >
LEADING WITH MY HEART by Virginia Kelley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 1994

"What's your son or daughter's job? (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild featured alternate)"
The woman whose son, our president, feels our pain shares some of her own (and her pleasures as well) in an autobiography that offers a folksy, mom's-eye view of the ultimate American success story. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 5, 1994

"Glendinning has much to say to our alienated selves, but she spoils her case by exaggeration and oversimplification."
Arguing that civilization, by dissociating us from nature, is responsible for present-day social and environmental ills, psychologist Glendinning (When Technology Wounds, 1990) calls on human beings to reclaim the wholeness she believes is still present in all living things. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 3, 1994

A sprawling, vivid look at the fate of Europe's artworks during WW II. ``Never,'' states Nicholas in her admirably accomplished first book, ``had works of art been so important to a political movement and never had they been moved about on such a vast scale....'' Charting this unprecedented movement, Nicholas begins with the Nazis' twofold ``purification'' effort to ban ``degenerate'' culture and to scour public and private collections of enemy lands and races for nobly Germanic art. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 2, 1994

"A valuable, multidimensional history of a crucial period in Cold War and Mideast history."
An intimate, full, and insightful account of the Suez Crisis from the then head of the Israeli chief of staff's bureau. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 1994

"Some Perot supporters and other centrist dissidents may find this book useful, but it is hardly a convincing argument that a three-party system is the solution to our electoral problems."
An incomplete, if sometimes stimulating, analysis of discontent in the electorate and the prospects for a new centrist political party. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 2, 1994

"A heart-rending look at the permanent ruin war can wreak in any age."
In a brilliantly creative extended analogy, psychiatrist Shay (Tufts Medical School) persuasively argues that the experiences and behavior of traumatized Vietnam veterans echo those of Achilles in Homer's Iliad. Read full book review >
THE RISE OF DAVID DUKE by Tyler Bridges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Until that biography arrives, this will be a vital resource. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A sobering, solidly researched portrait of the politically adept ``twisted fanatic'' who gained a majority of white votes in two statewide Louisiana races. Read full book review >
PAUL REVERE'S RIDE by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Fischer has avoided the traps he warned against nearly 25 years ago in his volume Historians' Fallacies (1970)."
Those who dare to try something new often fail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >