History Book Reviews (page 938)

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Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"An informed and informative exegesis that spells out many of the reasons why a weary world may have to wait yet a while for a genuinely millennial age."
Several years ago, Fuller and Francis Fukuyama (see above) were colleagues at RAND Corp. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 17, 1992

"The prose is dense, sometimes clotted, but Pangle provides a useful warning of the possible dangers of current modes of thought."
Following in the wake of Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind—a valiant attempt by Pangle (Political Science/Univ. of Toronto) to deconstruct deconstructionism and to post a warning of the threat of postmodernism. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 16, 1992

"Liberals will love it, but unless the political climate swerves to the left, conservatives will laugh all the way to next Inauguration Day."
Cheerleading manual for politico-religious liberalism, by an N.Y.C. Unitarian minister. Read full book review >
FUGITIVE SPRING by Deborah Digges
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 16, 1992

"Perhaps this is a case of a poet unable to surmount the potential quicksand of prose."
In this gentle, unassuming memoir set against the Vietnam era, Digges (English/Tufts Univ.), a poet, recounts her coming of age and the break with home and family that emancipated her as a woman and a writer. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 16, 1992

"A down-to-earth wrap-up: fine fare for general readers as well as armchair strategists. (Charts, diagrams, line drawings, and maps—not seen.)"
A savvy, slick, and comprehensive overview of the Gulf War, from the authors of A Quick and Dirty Guide to War (1984). Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 16, 1992

"Essential reading for followers of Middle Eastern politics."
A thoughtful analysis of the changing Palestinian concept of identity, rendered with remarkable clarity and balance by Israeli journalist Rubinstein. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"So it is, but in his modest, plodding way Chalfen sheds a pure and painful light on the education of a great 20th-century poet and the destroyed world that nurtured him."
Germany has made a Rumanian Jew the poet laureate of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"A refreshingly candid memoir told with pride but also an often disarming flippancy."
Bytes and bombs, bureaucrats and booze dominate Wiener's lively account of the six months he spent as the CNN executive producer in Saddam Hussein's Baghdad. Read full book review >
THE RADICALISM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Gordon S. Wood
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Released: Jan. 14, 1992

"A provocative, highly accomplished examination of how American society was reshaped in the cauldron of revolution."
Perhaps, as is often noted, the American Revolution was not as convulsive or transforming as its French and Russian counterparts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 1992

"In his diverting manner, Cwiklik strips away the mythology of American democracy to paint an amusing but disturbing picture of what really goes on atop Capitol Hill."
Bismarck once said that the public should never see how sausages or laws are made. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"A startling look, then, at a country quite different from, and hauntingly similar to, the US. (Forty photographs—not seen.)"
A desanitized view of Australia from a veteran Australian journalist, ranging from its founding as a penal colony in 1788 to the machinations of the ``Old Mates,'' the powerful ``dullards'' who threaten the nation's hard-won status as a working-class society of equals. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Remarkable mainly for its consistently graceless style, the text includes over 30 pages of photographs—not seen."
A truncated history of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which reads more like jottings from a house organ than a presumably objective journalist's reportage on a consequential outpost of laissez-faire capitalism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >