History Book Reviews (page 930)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

``My purpose is to tell a story,'' Crunden (American Civilization/Univ. of Texas at Austin; Ministers of Reform, 1982, etc.) writes in this spirited, learned, and epic first volume in a projected three-volume history of American encounters with modernism. Read full book review >
THE ISLAMIC THREAT by John L. Esposito
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A much-needed and highly accessible account of an ancient and widespread culture too often presented only in terms of villainous stereotypes."
Holy Cross professor (Middle East Studies) and State Department consultant Esposito calls for a more balanced and informed view of the Muslim world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A down-to-earth biography that shows appreciation for Jackson's greatness without resorting to hero-worship. (Photographs, maps—not seen.)"
Farwell (Armies of the Raj, 1989, etc.) breaks little new ground in this nevertheless limpidly written biography of the Confederate hero. Read full book review >
A CHORUS OF STONES by Susan Griffin
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Somber, elliptical, and defeatist—certainly less than such a study might have been."
Griffin (Made from this Earth, 1983; Pornography and Silence, 1981, etc.) turns her thoughtful if chronically depressed gaze to the relationship between secrecy and violence, both in the world and in personal relationships. ``I cannot be certain how far back in human history the habit of denial can be traced,'' writes Griffin. ``But it is at least as old as I am.'' Beginning, then, with the birth of modern warfare in this century, she proceeds to interweave tales of evil made possible by governmental lies and secrets with personal recollections of the toxic falsehoods maintained by her own and others' families. Read full book review >
MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH ENGLAND by Susan Allen Toth
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Anglophiles will cherish this kindred spirit like a delicately flowered teacup, and will envy her unique finds."
Another engaging thematic ramble from the author of How to Prepare for Your High School Reunion (1988), Ivy Days (1984), and Blooming (1981). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Osborne breaks little new ground and fails to plumb Early's motives or complex personality; nonetheless, his engaging biography gives due attention to a Confederate who has been unfairly neglected by Civil War scholars. (Maps, 16 pages of photos—not seen.)"
Osborne (Verdi, 1987; Schubert and His Vienna, 1985, etc.) makes a solid foray into military biography with this crisp narrative about Lee's pugnacious and erratic subordinate. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Rings the doorbell on your heart, your brain, and your love of great verse. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Strong, wonderfully absorbing life of Beat bard Allen Ginsberg (b. 1926) that breaks new ground in its critical analyses of the poet's work; by Schumacher (Reasons to Believe, 1988—not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Vivid and relentless, combining a formidable array of primary sources with meticulous analysis—a devastating reassessment of the Conquest as nothing less than a holy war, one that continues today from Guatemala to the sands of Arabia."
Yet another take on Columbus and his ilk, this one placing him in a Christian context of intolerance and genocidal tendencies; by Univ. of Hawaii historian Stannard (The Puritan Way of Death, 1977; Shrinking History, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A vivid, interpretive briefing on a landmark episode of the cold war. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Compelling revisionist history of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis that puts JFK and his brother Robert in the worst possible light. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Funny, fair-minded, and refreshingly novel in finding contemporary relevance in a pol long dismissed as an anachronism of the boss era. (Black-and-white photographs—not seen.)"
A delightful and shrewd biography of four-time Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, the sinner-saint whose ``shamrock politics'' made his Irish-Catholic supporters cheer and his WASP opponents sputter with rage for half a century. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Accessible and paced with page-turning immediacy—an excellent overview of what happens when the avant-garde art world meets the conservative right. (Illustrations—25 b&w, two color—some seen.)"
Dubin (Sociology/SUNY at Purchase) offers an involving and evenhanded analysis of the ongoing confrontation between taboo- breaking artists and traditionalists bent on maintaining the status quo. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A vivid retrospective, rich in tactical and strategic detail. (Eleven maps.)"
Another tour de force from military historian Hammel (Ambush Valley, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >