History Book Reviews (page 930)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1994

"His book will appeal—and offer new ideas—to conservatives and liberals alike."
A savvy look at how the feelings aroused by TV contribute to our political alienation. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Inspiring and informative, this book fills large gaps in what we know about resistance in the concentration camps."
The first significant study of concentration camp resistance to focus on the political dynamics of inmates of varying nationalities and classifications. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1994

"May's meticulous research and lucid presentation set a formidable standard for future scholars aiming to uncover government secrets."
A revealing chronicle of the life of William W. Remington, a casualty of the McCarthy era's anti-Communist fervor. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Stimulating, solid fare, likely to appeal to classicists, philosophers, and all who are concerned with perennial human issues."
A scholarly and beautifully written account of late Greek and Roman thought in which Nussbaum (Philosophy, Classics, and Comparative Literature/Brown Univ.) analyzes the use of philosophical argument as a technique for enabling people to grapple with fear of death, love and sexuality, anger and aggression. Read full book review >
A FISH IN THE WATER by Mario Vargas Llosa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"Essential political as well as literary reading."
In this artful political and literary memoir, the 57-year-old Peruvian author (In Praise of the Stepmother, 1990, etc.) and presidential candidate demonstrates the conflict between ideals and politics, art and power. Read full book review >

THE OTTOMANS by Andrew Wheatcroft
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1994

"He has, though, drawn up a readable and colorful portrait of a complex history."
An illustrated popular history that attempts to demystify the often enigmatic, feared, and misunderstood Ottoman Empire. Read full book review >
GAL by Ruthie Bolton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"An inspiring journey of a contemporary pilgrim who, beset by all the worst demons, learned to love and forgive. (Author tour)"
A young African-American woman born and raised in Charleston, SC, movingly relates in unsparing detail her struggle to overcome a legacy of abuse and neglect. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"A first-rate account of a little-known episode that had large consequences for Britain and for the world: careful, professional scholarship married to a well-told story."
An engrossing history of an obscure incident: the 1823 mass uprising of slaves in the South American British colony of Demerara (present-day Guyana). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1994

"Affecting reminiscences from the survivors of a famous victory afford a kaleidoscopic first-draft reckoning of its appalling costs."
A no-frills oral history of Operation Overlord that, for all its considerable virtues, falls short of the high standard set by other books commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invasion. Read full book review >
THE VARIETIES OF METAPHYSICAL POETRY by T.S. Eliot
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1994

"The theories that helped initiate modernism have curious analogues in postmodern criticism, especially deconstruction, and require only a mind as capacious as Eliot's to elucidate them."
An annotated edition of Eliot's previously unpublished lectures formulating the influential theory of metaphysical poetry and the ``dissociation of sensibility'' with which he is associated. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1994

"A credible and unsentimental story that illuminates Frost's personality, the quality of his life, the sources of his creativity, and the value of artistic education. (Illustrations and photos)"
The poet's granddaughter refutes the ``crude psychoanalytical'' interpretation of Frost proffered by Lawrance Thompson in his contentious biography and offers instead a picture of a generous, responsible, and playful father-poet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"They are not likely to be forgotten soon by readers."
The conviction earlier this year of Byron de la Beckwith for the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers provides a timeliness to this well- researched, fluidly written, and thoughtful book. 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 >