History Book Reviews (page 930)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 9, 1993

More than any other event, WW II transformed the relationship between Hollywood and American culture, Doherty (American Studies/Brandeis) announces at the outset of this uncommonly wide-ranging social history—and proceeds to support his argument with surprising success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 1993

"An admiring life that will remind readers that there's more to naval-aviation history than Top Gun and the Tailhook scandal. (Thirty-seven b&w photographs)"
A comprehensive biography of the guiding hand behind naval aviation, by Trimble (History/Auburn University). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Some amusing anecdotes and much generous praise for her colleagues—but unfocused and meandering. (Includes a succinct, inspirational foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton) (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A personal but choppy overview of Boxer's 1992 fight for the US Senate—and of the races of other women who preceded or joined her there. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 6, 1993

"Though couched in well-mannered, even cautious, prose, Murphy's linkages offer a provocative new interpretation of the black American religious experience—one that's likely to inspire Afrocentrics even as it wrinkles the collars of conservative clerics and theologians."
Murphy's Santer°a (1988) was a dramatic firsthand, if scholarly, account of that African-Cuban religion. Read full book review >
GADAFFI by George Tremlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 1993

"Of some use but, overall, not a book to inspire full confidence as a source. (Photos)"
A potted revisionist biography of Gaddafi, by Tremlett (Dylan Thomas, 1992). Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Here again, as in too much writing on the Middle East, sincerity has replaced balanced analysis."
A critical and largely one-sided view of modern Zionism and the history of Israel. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Provocative, courageous, certainly stimulating—and reflecting a profound understanding of the often invisible yet potentially insidious relationship between aesthetics and politics, as well as of how art can be used to camouflage the most repugnant ideas."
The obscurities of modern art and literature, according to Carey (English/Oxford; John Donne, 1981), were devised by the intelligentsia to exclude the new reading public for whom they had contempt—a thesis that Carey applies here to, among others, George Gissing, H.G. Wells, Arnold Bennett, and Wyndham Lewis. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Even jaded or knowledgeable Vietnam War-readers will find fresh material here."
Vivid, creative use of oral history (here, with the remembrances woven together by incisive commentary) that takes the conventional combat-report format—induction, boot camp, raw recruit, seasoned vet—and breathes new life into the war experience. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"At once morally repugnant and compelling reading. (Photographs—24 pp. b&w)"
Ninety years of dirt on the British royal family. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Colorful and compelling, with a rich mixture of psychological and logistical details: a skillful distillation of familiar faces and events through a fresh approach that should be of interest to tacticians as well as to those who view history as a patchwork of personalities."
An engaging, insightful review of Civil War strategy as seen through the interactions of the conflict's top commanders. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A compelling example of the examined life worth living, however painful the cost."
The second volume of Green's autobiography (The Green Paradise, 1992), continuing his exacting and scrupulously frank ``inner exploration''—as he recalls his often lonely adolescence in a time of war. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Although stronger in explaining how we got into the current mess than what's to be done about it, Masons's slant on history— the human-animal orbit—is clever and subversive."
Throw a brick, suggests attorney Mason (coauthor, Animal Factories, 1980), and chances are good that you'll hit a ``dominionist''—someone convinced of the natural superiority of human beings and of their right to exploit all other living things. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >