History Book Reviews (page 94)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 10, 2004

"First-rate reading for fans of cloak-and-dagger stuff, and for students of WWII history."
A lively recounting of America's shadow war against the Axis powers, fraught with peril, treachery, and bad decisions. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 4, 2004

"Horovitz defends these and many other arguments vigorously and effectively in a well-wrought narrative that complements Donna Rosenthal's The Israelis (2003)."
Illuminating reportage from one of the world's ugliest current wars—a conflict that, the author charges, the outside world simply does not understand. Read full book review >

WALDEN POND by W. Barksdale Maynard
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2004

"Essential for readers of Thoreau. (85 halftones)"
The history—starting mostly from the Emersonian/Thoreauvian era—of America's most famous pond and enduring symbol of the environmental movement. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2004

"As good a look at Mexico as has been written by outsiders since Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors (1984), and essential for students of Latin American affairs."
Superb from-the-barricades portrait of Mexico's second revolution, which is still unfolding. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"With its mordant depiction of a republic pursuing imperial ends while its citizens pay lip service to political values they no longer practice, Holland's gripping narrative has particularly uncomfortable resonance for contemporary American readers."
A splendid account of the death of the Roman Republic, particularly notable for the author's ability to decode the underlying beliefs that drove events. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 16, 2004

"A jaw-dropping story kept on edge, along with the reader: exquisite and excruciating screw-turning. (b&w maps and illustrations)"
The horrendous ordeal of 11 American seamen, shipwrecked on the Atlantic coast of North Africa and then sold into slavery, grippingly chronicled by adventure writer King (Harbors and High Seas, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Interestingly written throughout and brought into the present with a memorable visit to the arch-traveler Patrick Leigh Fermor: a standout travel book, and a literate companion to places less remote than Kaplan now haunts."
A departure for a geopolitical gloom-and-doom Atlantic Monthly reporter: a book of travels to places where he's not being shot at and whose inhabitants are not busily butchering one another. Read full book review >
THE COMING OF THE THIRD REICH by Richard J. Evans
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 9, 2004

"A peerless work, the first of a projected three volumes. Of immense importance to general readers—and even some specialists—seeking to understand the origins of the Nazi regime."
A brilliant synthesis of German history, enumerating and elucidating the social, political, and cultural trends that made the rise of Nazism possible. Read full book review >
WASHINGTON’S CROSSING by David Hackett Fischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"A superb addition to the literature of the Revolution, by one of the best chroniclers in the business."
A lively reconstruction of the Continental Army's finest strategic hour. Read full book review >
FLESH IN THE AGE OF REASON by Roy Porter
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"An impressive and accessible work of scholarship."
Selective survey of how thinking about the self changed in 18th-century Britain, designed to be a sequel to The Creation of the Modern World: The British Enlightenment (2000). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Powerful and evocative."
Poet and biographer Epstein (What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, 2001, etc.) brings insight from both his specialties to bear on two defining figures of the Civil War era. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 15, 2004

"A top-notch survey of the vast dimensions of human greed. (11 b&w photos)"
The bizarre tale of a Central American land swindle that rivals for implausibility those country song lyrics about "ocean-front property in Arizona." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >