History Book Reviews (page 938)

THE HUMAN RACE by Robert Antelme
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Antelme's homecoming, recounted by Duras in The War, provides a positive closure to the experience."
Published in France in 1947, here translated for the first time, Antelme's memoir of his year (1944-45) in a German labor camp was written to assuage his guilt at surviving and to deal with his depression. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Breines successfully evokes the intellectual and cultural milieu of white middle-class East Coast women who dominated the women's movement in the Sixties; if her study is flawed by limiting itself to that group, it's still otherwise thoughtful and jargon- free."
In a ``sociological memoir'' based on novels, films, sociological studies, and personal experience, Breines (Sociology/Northeastern Univ.) traces the origins of the feminist movement in the 60's to the underlying discontents and conflicts experienced by women growing up in the 50's—a scenario that she explored politically in Community and Organization in the New Left, 1962-68 (1982—not reviewed). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Impressively researched, if rather dully written. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Flat but informative account of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, and of the tragedy's impact on the American families and friends of the victims, as well as on Lockerbie inhabitants who survived the rain of bodies and flaming debris that descended on their small Scottish town. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"But few readers can finish his powerful account without fearing for the future of freedom of the press—and of American democratic institutions."
Seldom have the American media appeared so hornswoggled, so cowardly, or so supine in defending the First Amendment as they are portrayed as being in this bitter polemic on Persian Gulf War coverage by the publisher of Harper's. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"A worthy if occasionally uneven contribution, then, to Native American studies. (Illustrations—b&w—throughout.)"
Like a family album of lovingly collected snapshots, anecdotes, and clan lore, this study by Tedlock (Anthropology/SUNY at Buffalo) offers an affectionate and informative portrait of a contemporary Native American people, the Zuni of New Mexico. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Balanced, thoughtful, and impressive for Terrill's candid criticism of his own approach and for his mastery of the telling detail. (Photos—24 pages b&w; maps—not seen.)"
A riveting account—part history, part personal memoir, part apologia—of four decades of Communist Chinese rule; by longtime China watcher Terrill. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Hard-nosed, yet ultimately a celebration of grace under pressure in 'the Good War.'"
With his multivolume biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon now complete, Ambrose (History/Univ. of New Orleans) returns to military affairs (Pegasus Bridge, 1985, etc.) with this spirited account of one of the Army's crack WW II units. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Conventional military history of a high order, but without the leavening of thoughtfulness that could raise it to a still higher level. (Photos—32 pages—not seen.)"
Sharply told account of how US paratroopers took back ``The Rock'' from Japan in a pivotal WW II battle; by Devlin (Paratrooper!, 1979). Read full book review >
MAFIA COP by Lou Eppolito
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"NYPD buffs. (Photos—16 pages of b&w—not seen.)"
A Manhattan cop breaks family tradition—his uncles, cousin, father, and grandfather all were members of the Gambino crime family—and is accused of selling his shield after a highly decorated career. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An axe-grinding account of a failed enterprise that deserved, if not a better fate, at least a more accomplished Boswell. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A poorly written, ostentatiously scathing, and utterly dispensable log of an airline's slow-motion crackup. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

From 1922-25, The Nation published essays by leading writers on each of the then-48 states, plus one on N.Y.C. Here, dusted off and intelligently introduced by Borus (History/Univ. of Rochester), are those pieces, by the likes of H.L. Mencken (``Maryland: Apex of Normalcy''), Sherwood Anderson (``Ohio: I'll Say We've Done Well''), Sinclair Lewis (``Minnesota: The Norse State''), James M. Cain (``West Virginia: A Mine-Field Melodrama''), W.E.B. du Bois, Theodore Dreiser, Willa Cather, Edmund Wilson, Jr., and a host of lesser-knowns. Read full book review >
WITH REAGAN by Edwin Meese
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"A brisk and engrossing—if decidedly biased—memoir."
Ronald Reagan's friend, confidant, and attorney general offers a lively and absorbing apologia for his old boss and his Administration. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >