History Book Reviews (page 938)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 30, 1994

"A highly charged and eminently readable critique of a sandstorm in the world's eye."
A lucid compilation of 39 essays by Said (Comparative Literature/Columbia), the most eloquent spokesperson for the Palestinian cause in the Western world since the Arab defeat in the 1967 war against Israel. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 29, 1994

"For newcomers to such issues—which almost all of us are- -this brief, rigorous investigation will prove extremely useful in establishing positions and politicking for reforms."
A masterful introduction to the issues of ownership of and access to data in the fast-arriving information age, complete with suggestions for needed legislative and judicial reform. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 27, 1994

"An illuminating local history, reflecting an emerging nation's tribulations. (Photos and maps, not seen)"
This sensitive study examines at the local level the radically transforming nature of what is often simplistically viewed as the world's most conservative revolution. Read full book review >
JANET RENO by Paul Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 1994

"A solid introduction to an American original, written with journalistic verve."
A lively, balanced portrait of the nation's first woman attorney general, by a Miami Herald reporter. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 22, 1994

"Absorbing and poignant. (Author tour)"
Wilson (Retreat, Hell!, 1988) movingly relates a small event in the Vietnam War—a night attack by North Vietnamese soldiers on Fire Base Tomahawk, a hill held by American troops—and its large effects on an ordinary Kentucky town. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1994

"Chandler fits persuasive, albeit circumstantial, evidence into the puzzle of Lewis's death, situating it in the country's turbulent early era, but ultimately does not fill all the gaps and unknowns. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
Chandler sets out to prove that the mysterious death in 1809 of explorer Meriwether Lewis was a murder and that the plot was masterminded by an ally of former president Thomas Jefferson and sanctioned by Jefferson himself. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 20, 1994

"An engrossing look behind one of the decade's most dramatic moments."
An objective, well-researched historical backdrop to the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord, by a Washington-based reporter. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 15, 1994

"Giles's book, at least, shows us how the turmoil related to the true achievement."
An authoritative and weighty history of France's Fourth Republic (1946-58) by the former Paris correspondent for the Times of London. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 14, 1994

"The Way to Xanadu is a testament to one woman's dauntless intellectual curiosity and an exquisitely crafted paean to a great poem and to the timeless march of human inquiry and imagination."
In this enchanting book, Alexander (One Dry Season, 1989) chronicles her journeys to the exotic places that inspired Coleridge's masterpiece ``Kubla Khan.'' In 1797 or 1798, in an opium-induced reverie, the poet wrote of Xanadu, with its ``walls and towers...girdled round,'' its ``caves of ice,'' its ``mighty fountain,'' and ``Mount Abora.'' Yet the poem's most arresting images are based not on actual visits made by Coleridge, but on written accounts of them penned by others—from Marco Polo to 18th-century American botanists. Read full book review >
THE COLD WAR by Martin Walker
HISTORY
Released: June 9, 1994

Absorbing history spanning five complex decades of geopolitics and economics with clarity and panache. Read full book review >
AMADOR by Fernando Savater
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 1994

"De Magistro,'' of whose style Savater's will remind the reader."
A sometimes touching but ultimately banal discourse by a father to his son, offering advice on how to get along in life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1994

"Epic, engrossing, big."
A one-volume edition of Hamilton's (JFK: Reckless Youth, 1992) three-volume biography, which won the Whitbread Award. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >