History Book Reviews (page 94)

Released: Oct. 25, 2000

"An exceptionally readable work, one that infuses life and order into the study of the early republic."
An accomplished historian and biographer seeks nothing less than to frame the Framers, bringing into clear focus the personalities and human dynamic that shaped and defined the early republic. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2000

"Inspiring and informative. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
Courageous, honest, painful, yearning, and occasionally even funny, the unexpurgated diaries and journals of poet and novelist Plath show a woman struggling to develop her talent against the social constraints of her day. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"A life of letters and agitation, masterfully synthesized by Lewis."
Picking up where he left off seven years ago, Lewis (The Race to Fashoda, 1988, etc.) continues his authoritative biography of the African-American intellectual and activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963). Read full book review >
A WHALE HUNT by Robert Sullivan
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"Digging deep beneath the headlines, Sullivan unfolds a complicated, politically charged story that will engage any reader concerned with the environment and indigenous peoples."
American Indians and whales collide in this resounding work of environmental and ethnographic reportage by the author of the quirky travel book Meadowlands (1998). Read full book review >
THE ATLANTIC SOUND by Caryl Phillips
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"A splendidly honest and vividly detailed venture into some of history's darkest corners—by a novelist who is also a superb reporter."
Novelist Phillips (The Nature of Blood, 1997, etc.) visits the three points of the trading triangle that linked America with Europe and Africa—and reports back in a tale that is a seamless mix of clear-eyed reportage and commentary. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"A marvelous history, full of color, drama, conflict, and tragedy. Besides being a terrific read, it illustrates one often overlooked reason why the Allieds won the war: they were smarter."
Secret codes are as old as writing, but the science of codebreaking remained a minor field until the invention of the telegraph and radio made rapid communication easy, essential—and public. Read full book review >
OFF CAMERA by Ted Koppel
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Koppel calls his diary 'bread crumbs in the woods . . . marking the trail of how we got to wherever it is we are.' To anyone hungry for literate, thoughtful, and thought-provoking commentary on our times, however, it is a whole satisfying loaf, crust and all."
The perceptive, articulate anchor of Nightline records his observations, thoughts, annoyances, and memories in a daily journal of the closing year of the century. Read full book review >
BUFFALO BILL CODY by Robert A. Carter
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"A splendid portrait of Cody's life and times, at once poignant, boisterous, and disturbing."
A comprehensive, sharply rendered life of showman William "Buffalo Bill" Cody that pries frontier realities away from legend. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Holt's acid portrait is for anyone who cherishes the truly wild West."
A nicely tart travelogue set in Big Sky country. Read full book review >
LENIN by Robert Service
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"An important study that goes far in tracing the roots of the dire legacy Communism bequeathed to the third of mankind unfortunate enough to have suffered its rule."
The most authoritative and well-rounded biography of Lenin yet written—and the one that is, in its quiet way, the most horrifying. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2000

"A mine of information for lovers of bezants, florins, dinars and ducats—and for those who wonder how a shiny metal came to decorate, then dominate, the world."
A glittering history of the prominence of gold in the world economy and the human imagination. Read full book review >
ON WRITING by Stephen King
Released: Oct. 3, 2000

"A useful book for any young writer, and a must for fans, this is unmistakably King: friendly, sharply perceptive, cheerfully vulgar, sometimes adolescent in his humor, sometimes impatient with fools, but always sincere in his love of language and writing."
Generous, lucid, and passionate, King (Hearts in Atlantis, 1999, etc.) offers lessons and encouragement to the beginning writer, along with a warts-and-all account of a less-than-carefree life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >