History Book Reviews (page 938)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Schell doesn't give as immediate a sense of life in China as do Kristof and WuDunn in China Wakes (p. 826), nor has he travelled as widely, but he brings great analytical power and understanding to one of the most important political stories of our time. (Author tour)"
The latest in a splendid series by Schell (Discos and Democracy, 1988, etc.), extending over 20 years and tracking momentous changes in the world's most populous country. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Passionate, exhaustively researched, and original. (Photos and maps, not seen)"
An expansive history of Western civilization's evolving conception of the human body and that concept's influence on the erection of cities. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good yarn with an appealing protagonist that inspires sadness for the Peruvian people and much distaste for their government. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A memorable report of a monthlong 1992 expedition to Peru, featuring daring, drugs, and despotism. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Worthy, especially in the classroom, but neither groundbreaking nor definitive. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An often stimulating survey of how blacks have been portrayed in popular culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A powerful and important volume."
An angry, impassioned book from a journalist who has seen the Bosnian conflict at its worst. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Japan."
A decidedly schizophrenic examination of changing attitudes towards work, family, and the status of women in modern Japan. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Until we know whether and how Hanan Ashrawi will contribute to the humanitarian nature of a possible Palestinian state, any biography of her, particularly one as lacking in historical and biographical depth as Victor's, is premature."
A superficial, unreliable profile of the PLO's often articulate, photogenic spokesperson during part of the Intifada, and particularly during the Madrid and Washington negotiations with Israel (199193). Read full book review >
BACK TO THE BATCAVE by Adam West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Holy Publishing Event,'' but there's good fun for Batfans."
An amiably ungrandiose, entertaining memoir of TV's Batman by the Caped Crusader himself. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A careful, considered, judicious biography, but uninspired and oh, so long."
This study of Irish leader Charles Stewart Parnell's impact on Irish nationalism and on the course of British politics traverses an already well-traveled road. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Steele is better on contemporary events than on history, and better on politics than on society at large, but his deep knowledge of Russia over the last three decades gives his conclusions great and worrisome authority."
An informed and gloomy appraisal of the prospects for democracy in Russia from the longtime Moscow corespondent of the (Manchester) Guardian, who concludes that the present political system may be one of the many revolutions from above in Russian history that end in failure. Read full book review >
NIXON RECONSIDERED by Joan Hoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"This purportedly groundbreaking analysis of Nixon's complex legacy only reiterates what earlier studies have already established: that Nixon was an activist president who had some enduring influence on American government and policy."
The timing certainly couldn't be better for these revisionist musings, which are intended to turn conventional wisdom about Nixon's achievements as president on its head. Read full book review >
A BUNDLE FROM BRITAIN by Alistair Horne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"The same qualities that produce brilliance in his historical writings—a penchant for detail and a pursuit of the social connections that bind his subjects together into complex entanglements—render his autobiography detached and impersonal."
A chatty, meandering memoir of the British historian widely known for his definitive, two-volume biography of the late prime minister Harold Macmillan (1989). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >