History Book Reviews (page 930)

THE GOD I BELIEVE IN by Joshua O. Haberman
HISTORY
Released: April 12, 1994

"That said, however, the interviews are still inherently interesting."
A disappointing example of an interesting idea casually executed, as Haberman, former senior rabbi at Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C., and teacher of Jewish philosophy at several universities, interviews prominent Jews on their ideas of God and spirituality. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 11, 1994

"Sadly, this lively book does not take us up to the 1980's, but Moore is a historian, not a journalist, and her story gives modern continuity to the Diaspora."
A lucid account of American Jewry's second great migration- -from the old, cold cities of the Northeast and Midwest to the sunny new Edens of Los Angeles and Miami. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 7, 1994

"Although welcome for its clarity and elegance, Jacoby's account, much more importantly, looks beyond faction toward the common good."
Jacoby (The Last Intellectuals, 1987, etc.) joins the culture wars with the aim of striking a middle balance between ``left'' and ``right''—and manages the job with brio. Read full book review >
ONE ART by Elizabeth Bishop
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"The value here would be enhanced by explanatory footnotes."
More spontaneous, garrulous, and revealing than her published poetry or prose, these letters, over 500 selected from the several thousand she wrote between 1928 and 1979, edited by her friend and, from 1957, her publisher, Robert Giroux, are as close to an autobiography as the private and modest Bishop (1911-79) was to write. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Still, while The Age of Great Dreams doesn't go far or deep in any direction, it illuminates broad areas of 60's life, forming a great introduction to the decade."
A brief, valuable look at the tensions that shaped the 60's, and the cultural and political movements that grew out of them. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Perhaps inexplicable but uplifting stories of humanity."
Fogelman's survey of heroic subversion of the Nazi genocide of the Jews by non-Jews begins with the story of her own father, Simcha Fogelman, rescued by a Russian baker in the Byelorussian town of Illya in 1942. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Travels through a newly emerging old world, then, with a suave character."
Ignatieff, well-known in British TV as the smooth host of cerebral talk shows and political documentaries, takes on what he calls the rising tide of ``ethnic nationalism.'' There are two kinds of contemporary nationalism, says Ignatieff, ``civic'' and ``ethnic,'' the first based on a common perception of shared law, and the second—derived from the German romantics—based on blood kinship. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Much ado about a marginal American political figure, important more for his early career as a labor organizer than for his later one as a Communist."
Johanningsmeier (History/Delaware) ponderously depicts Communist leader and three-time Presidential candidate William Z. Foster (1881-1961) as a ``thoroughly American radical'' whose journey through trade unionism and the Wobbly movement to an idiosyncratic Communism exemplifies the course of US radicalism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"A vibrant, readable account of one of Roman history's watershed periods."
Novelist and biographer Langguth (Patriots, 1988; Saki, 1981, etc.), in a narrative that reads as limpidly as fiction, vividly brings alive the death of the Roman Republic and the birth of the Augustan age. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Of value to poets as well as anthropologists, the book also holds universal appeal through the compelling way Inuit symbols and traditions are brought to life, illuminating humanity's cycle of dark, wintry dreams and hopes of plenty in the spring."
In this gripping study of the Alaskan Inuit people, British poet Lowenstein narrates Tikigag (Point Hope) seasonal rituals and each year's culmination—the spring hunt for the bowhead whale. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Communist issue''), nor did he have access to the Cuban or the Soviet archives; but this is a careful, well-constructed, well- argued, and essential source."
A thorough and well-documented analysis by Paterson (History/U of Connecticut) of how Castro came to power in Cuba and why the United States failed to stop him. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Often exciting as an adventure tale, this is also a satisfying story of a modest man finding himself capable of the highest level of self-sacrifice."
A riveting first book by Patzert, who was captain of one of ships that ran refugee European Jews into British-protected Palestine before Israeli independence; not just a sea story, but a moral adventure as well. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >