History Book Reviews (page 930)

SERVING IN SILENCE by Margarethe Cammermeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite coauthor Fisher's somewhat repetitive style, the book has a power that brings readers along on this courageous soldier's journey. (16 pages of b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Jacob Marley's injunction that we all bear the chains we forge in life could be the lesson of Cammermeyer's life story. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Don't expect to learn why they call this land the Last Great Place; even as a miscellany, Conrad's sidelong glimpse of Montana never conjures much excitement. (Photos, not seen)"
A slow poke through Montana by Conrad (former editor of Horizons), a guy who likes a side dish of bile to accompany his travels. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Miss Porter's School) and Brazeau's (Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered, 1983) transitions push too hard, the portrait of the poet this oral biography creates is, finally, absorbing and at times beautiful and graced with artfulness."
A multivocal treatment well suited to the complex and dappled life of one of America's premier modern poets. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Helpful tabular material and graphs throughout."
An accessible audit of Russia's efforts to gain a place at global capitalism's table after more than seven decades of Communist misrule and mismanagement. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Although much of the ground covered is well trod, this is an admirably complete introduction to the history of the Cold War."
A brief but thoughtful essay outlining the terrible misapprehensions that led to escalating tensions between the US and the Soviet Union from the close of WW I to the end of the Korean conflict. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For students, scholars, and policy types."
A solid but dry academic analysis of how and why the US wrongheadedly tilted toward Iraq and leader Saddam Hussein until the Gulf War. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A RADICAL LAWYER by William M. Kunstler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"One would have hoped for more from a man who has stood up for justice in courtrooms often determined to undermine it."
In this bafflingly disappointing autobiography, Kunstler, radical lawyer extraordinaire, is once again arguing a difficult case—this time his own. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The honesty and humanity with which these controversial themes are treated make for attractive reading."
Twenty professional philosophers tell how they combine intellectual rigor with religious commitment. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite its various limitations, the book proves a worthwhile read on a thorny and highly sensationalized topic. (45 b&w photos, not seen)"
A copious account of the modern American experience with terrorism that substitutes descriptive detail for thoughtful analysis. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A stimulating vision of a just society but with little meat for those who want to ask deeper questions."
A passionate plea for social justice and renewal, from the nationally known activist, preacher, and editor of Sojourners magazine. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Wills's latest essay portends a renewed Macbeth for the theater; his critical performance, meanwhile, manifests the power of literary criticism that is simultaneously scholarly and popular."
The much celebrated master of nonfiction works his magic on Macbeth, using the ingredients of a mere monograph to conjure a vision of politics, theology, and theatrical practice in King James's England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"He barely mentions Walker Percy until well over 200 pages into the book, by which time most nonhistorians are likely to have set it aside."
Wyatt-Brown (History/Univ. of Florida; Southern Honor, not reviewed, etc.) buries a good idea under an avalanche of scholarly detail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >