History Book Reviews (page 94)

SAMUEL PEPYS by Claire Tomalin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2002

"A fine work of literary and cultural history."
A sparkling, wonderfully readable biography of the English official less well known for his contributions to good government than for his salacious, achingly self-doubtful diaries. Read full book review >
MAYFLOWER BASTARD by David Lindsay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2002

"Like something out of Henry Fielding, a bad seed gets worse (More eventually wears the scarlet letter) in a quizzical story that keeps momentum and drollery all the way to its humanist end."
Richard More is a distant cousin of Lindsay's (The Patent Files, 1999), a First Comer on the Mayflower who grew up to be a bigamous debauchee, and this is his tale: a mostly jolly entertainment that finishes on a reflective note. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2002

"A skillful, persuasive blend of history and polemic, sure to incite controversy and to earn its author much attention."
Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners (1996) may have "unwittingly provoked a moral uproar," but there's nothing unwitting about this provocative work, an unblinking consideration of the role of Catholic doctrine in the machinery of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A singular contribution to the literature and history of the Shoah."
"Who in future times will believe that human beings fought each other over a potato?" So asks this utterly unsentimental, open-eyed, harrowing portrait of ghetto life during the Holocaust. Read full book review >
I REFUSE TO DIE by Koigi Wa Wamwere
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Nonetheless, a terrifying work of enormous importance that contrasts humanity with bestiality, dignity with depravity."
Human rights activist Wa Wamwere relates in harrowing detail the repeated incarcerations, tortures, and terrors inflicted upon him and his family by Kenya's oppressive regimes. Read full book review >

STORIES OF FREEDOM IN BLACK NEW YORK by Shane White
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Superb, well-researched history, brilliantly alive."
A dazzling history of the first African-American theater company in New York, focusing on principal actor James Hewlett. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Memorable and remarkable, as true-edged and dangerous as a brand-new stiletto."
Sprawling, lacerating account of the drug war along the Mexican border, which is nothing but a slow-motion holocaust, according to veteran nonfiction author Bowden (Blues for Cannibals, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LION’S GRAVE by Jon Lee Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An important and eminently readable account from the heart of chaos."
Intense, immediate reporting from the front lines in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"Still, a first-rate true-crime story that gets inside the shadowy—and astoundingly average—world of spooks, moles, and ops."
A solidly paced, richly detailed account, by intelligence-community insider Wise (Cassidy's Run, 2000, etc.), of the FBI desk jockey who sold secrets to the Soviet and Russian governments for two decades—and came close to getting away with it. Read full book review >
CRAZE by Jessica Warner
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"Social history at its gimlet-eyed best. (Illustrations throughout)"
A tart, acute inquiry into the mania for gin that coursed through London during the early part of the 18th century. Read full book review >
THE DEMON IN THE FREEZER by Richard Preston
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from microscopic infectious agents? Welcome to Mr. Preston's frightening neighborhood."
Preston guides us deftly on another scary excursion (Hot Zone, 1994) into the world of really bad viruses—this time smallpox, with a side helping of anthrax. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 9, 2002

"A superb, enlightening work."
An immensely learned, ambitious effort to view Russian history through the lens of its arts, music, and literature. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >