History Book Reviews (page 938)

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 >

BLACK FIRE by Nelson Peery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"His autobiography provides not only a portrait of a fascinating life but a history of 20th-century black radicalism."
A well-written and engaging autobiography from a hitherto little-known figure in American radicalism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"A tad tactful at times, and occasionally repetitive in noting the central role played by men in most historical accounts, but clearheaded, and often a pleasure to read."
A ``late-twentieth century understanding of historical truth,'' outlined by three women historians, Appleby (History/UCLA), Hunt (History/UPenn) and Jacob (History/New School for Social Research). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A balanced account of a storied fighting man's achievements on and off the battlefield. (16 pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A first-rate narrative take on the life and times of Lt. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"The forthright text has 13 contemporary photos."
A blunt, spare autobiography from a past president of the American Fighter Aces Association. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Absorbing and well researched, Chalfant's study is a signal contribution to Western and Mexican War literature."
Focusing on the importance of the Santa Fe Trail in the Mexican War, attorney and Western historian Chalfant (Cheyennes and Horse Soldiers, 1989, etc.) vividly and eloquently explains how the war and the incursions of rapacious Americans along the trail violently ended the local Native Americans' traditional way of life. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"However, had the authors avoided cutesy neologisms, visits to another planet, and other textural distractions, their many useful examples and well-taken points might have been even better taken."
Riding the wave of popularizations of chaos and complexity theory is this new contender by a pair of English science writers, Cohen, a biologist, and Stewart, a mathematician. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

"This is a well-written, mature collection of essays that deserves a wide readership."
An accessible and revealing, against-the-grain look at the twists and turns both of owning and being a slave in the 19th- century and of the business of researching, revising, and writing history. Read full book review >
ANGELS OF DEATH by Edwin P. Hoyt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"A revelatory appraisal of an Axis kingpin whose sociopolitical career has been accorded far less attention than that of the madman he served so loyally. (Photos)"
Disregard the deceptive title. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A disturbing snapshot of a nation in crisis, with a critical message: If you love your country, take action."
From Pulitzer Prize-winner Johnson (Sleepwalking through History, 1991): a depressing look at America's disintegrating society and the moribund American dream. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1994

A provocative, biting and often entertaining collection of essays by a Village Voice columnist who explores black identity and the ``politics of style.'' A ``Bulletproof diva,'' writes Jones (a playwright and co- author of three of Spike Lee's movie-making books), has ``lip and nerve'' and she makes tart columns out of what could be coffee talk: ``my slave name,'' black men who flaunt their infidelity, the dramas (and politics) of hair care, the ``butt revolution...brought to you by black music, designer jeans and MTV.'' A feminist and artist, Jones explores the aspirations of her post-civil-rights-era middle-class urban peers, and has seen enough of the country to tell race tales of Utah and of Minneapolis, where ``jungle fever'' works only for white women. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >