History Book Reviews (page 938)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Though his prose is sometimes florid, Asprey has made splendid use of newfound materials and given us the best account yet of WW I German strategy. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Even allowing for the destruction of the German WW I military archives during the allied bombing of Potsdam, the absence of studies of the German side of that war has been remarkable—a deficiency, however, excellently remedied here by noted military- historian Asprey (Frederick the Great, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"Engrossing, insightful, and bound to ruffle in its characterizations and its claim for the Middle Ages as central to the struggle to understand the spiritual and intellectual crises of our own age."
Tracing the ``quest'' for the Middle Ages, Cantor (History, Sociology, Comparative Lit./N.Y.U.; Perspectives on the European Past, 1971, etc.) has drafted a riveting chapter of 20th-century intellectual history. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"Stodgy and disappointing, especially given the authors' track record and the continuing urgency of rights at home and abroad. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
Few subjects deserve thoughtful or provocative treatment more than the Bill of Rights, enacted 200 years ago. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 12, 1991

"Snap judgments on issues that deserve more intensive analysis- -but, for its pessimism, an interesting contrast to Marvin Cetron and Owen Davies's Crystal Globe (p. 1193)."
A once-over-lightly report on the sociopolitical and economic state of the Global Village from a pair of Los Angeles Times correspondents. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 7, 1991

"Nor does Yenna's wide-angle yet sketchy account succeed in putting their personal odysseys into perspectives that could shed light on the Long Grey Line's putative commitment to duty, honor, country. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
At some juncture, the idea of tracking the West Point grads who became commissioned officers in the US Army or its Air Corps on the eve of America's entry into WW II must have seemed a good one. Read full book review >

INSIDE THE NEW EUROPE by Axel Krause
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 4, 1991

"Nonetheless, his own report should help those seeking to understand the dimensions of the new challenge."
Few Americans have even the faintest idea of the scope and dynamism of the ``New Europe,'' but Krause, corporate editor of the International Herald Tribune, helps to give some perspective—even in such a once-over-lightly account as this. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Highly cerebral despite Gelven's use of lay language."
Those looking for an emotionally reassuring answer to the title's age-old question would do well to avoid Gelven's circuitous, scholarly discussion of the role fate plays in people's lives: the Northern Illinois Univ. philosophy professor prefers to dwell on the loftier ``why'' while shunning the more compelling implications of ``me.'' Rare are those who fail to wonder, in moments of extreme good fortune or tragedy, why they were personally fated to enjoy or endure these particular twist of fates. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"More anecdotal than analytical, but a spirited and intelligent history of one of the most seminal events in Africa, whose legacy is not yet spent. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs, 25 maps— not seen.)"
Like our own century's headlong rush to own the Bomb, European powers in the late-19th century raced to acquire colonies in Africa. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

Among other contributions to civilization, the Far East can claim credit for a handbook of down-and-dirty tricks known as The 36 Stratagems. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"A thoughtful study of an abiding constitutional legacy. (Twenty halftones—not seen.)"
An intelligent and thorough assessment of the legacy of the Supreme Court's famous liberals. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Only a reading of all 40 books in the bibliography could determine whether the reporter who broke the Bay of Pigs story has broken much new ground here, but Szulc has certainly succeeded in assembling the most readable book on the topic. (Photos—not seen.)"
A well-researched, well-written account of the extensive covert activities that allowed two million Jews to steal home. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"An informed and informative contribution to res Nipponica."
A journalist's provocative case for the contrarian proposition that Japan's economic clout is attributable mainly to decisions made and actions taken during the post-WW II Occupation rather than to samurai traditions, an unusually homogeneous population, or other plausible fancies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >