History Book Reviews (page 938)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Bell's clearly written jeremiad, with its moving portrait of the author as exemplary protester, will inspire new examinations of struggles in our citadels of power—perhaps even new protests there. (Author tour)"
A leading African-American scholar of the law, known for decrying the underrepresentation of minorities in the academy, reflects on protest and race in America. Read full book review >
LINCOLN'S GENERALS by Gabor S. Boritt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Five thoughtful and well-written essays, further grist for the mill of seemingly endless fascination with America's costliest war."
An intriguing collection of essays covering much familiar ground, but with enough new insights and fresh perspectives to interest both Civil War buffs and casual readers. Read full book review >

SERVING IN SILENCE by Margarethe Cammermeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite coauthor Fisher's somewhat repetitive style, the book has a power that brings readers along on this courageous soldier's journey. (16 pages of b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Jacob Marley's injunction that we all bear the chains we forge in life could be the lesson of Cammermeyer's life story. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Don't expect to learn why they call this land the Last Great Place; even as a miscellany, Conrad's sidelong glimpse of Montana never conjures much excitement. (Photos, not seen)"
A slow poke through Montana by Conrad (former editor of Horizons), a guy who likes a side dish of bile to accompany his travels. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Miss Porter's School) and Brazeau's (Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered, 1983) transitions push too hard, the portrait of the poet this oral biography creates is, finally, absorbing and at times beautiful and graced with artfulness."
A multivocal treatment well suited to the complex and dappled life of one of America's premier modern poets. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Helpful tabular material and graphs throughout."
An accessible audit of Russia's efforts to gain a place at global capitalism's table after more than seven decades of Communist misrule and mismanagement. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Although much of the ground covered is well trod, this is an admirably complete introduction to the history of the Cold War."
A brief but thoughtful essay outlining the terrible misapprehensions that led to escalating tensions between the US and the Soviet Union from the close of WW I to the end of the Korean conflict. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For students, scholars, and policy types."
A solid but dry academic analysis of how and why the US wrongheadedly tilted toward Iraq and leader Saddam Hussein until the Gulf War. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A RADICAL LAWYER by William M. Kunstler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"One would have hoped for more from a man who has stood up for justice in courtrooms often determined to undermine it."
In this bafflingly disappointing autobiography, Kunstler, radical lawyer extraordinaire, is once again arguing a difficult case—this time his own. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The honesty and humanity with which these controversial themes are treated make for attractive reading."
Twenty professional philosophers tell how they combine intellectual rigor with religious commitment. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite its various limitations, the book proves a worthwhile read on a thorny and highly sensationalized topic. (45 b&w photos, not seen)"
A copious account of the modern American experience with terrorism that substitutes descriptive detail for thoughtful analysis. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A stimulating vision of a just society but with little meat for those who want to ask deeper questions."
A passionate plea for social justice and renewal, from the nationally known activist, preacher, and editor of Sojourners magazine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >