History Book Reviews (page 94)

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2001

"Good fun—and an inspiration for readers to return to Shakespeare on their own."
An enjoyable memoir of late-life crisis, spiritual awakening, close reading, and all sorts of matters Shakespearean. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2001

"'New York has taught me to put capital and capitalists closer to the center of modern history,' Beckert writes. His account is a dazzlingly successful exercise in doing just that."
A fascinating history of New York during the late 19th-century, a time when big money was changing the face of the city. Read full book review >

THE UNWANTED by Kien Nguyen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2001

"Nguyen delivers a suspenseful tale rather than a sob story: anyone looking for a firsthand insight into America's tangled relations with Vietnam will not be disappointed."
In this compelling memoir, the son of an anonymous American GI and a wealthy Vietnamese woman relives ten years of hell in South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 9, 2001

"Watson has achieved the near-impossible: a concise reference that is also intellectually compelling—and a fascinating read."
A smart, lively, and astoundingly comprehensive panorama of practically every major European and American intellectual movement of the 20th century. Read full book review >
RAISING FENCES by Michael Datcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2001

"A beautiful story of real-life redemption."
This honest, brisk, and ultimately very moving memoir offers a strong alternative to the stereotype of the "playa": the irresponsible young black man who preys on women and nonchalantly fathers children out of wedlock. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2001

"A dense, detailed, and insightful history."
From a journalist and member of one of Birmingham's leading families, a vivid, admirably nuanced, and wide-ranging history of the city that became ground zero in the Civil Rights struggle as black children marched, the white establishment wrestled with the need to change, and the Ku Klux Klan engaged in murderous bombings. Read full book review >
THE ZAPATISTA READER by Tom Hayden
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2001

"In a word: inspirational. In a few more: moody, heartbreaking, revelatory, jubilant."
Some of the New and Old World's finest political writers illuminate the many facets of Mexico's Zapatista revolutionary movement—in a collection assembled by veteran activist and former California state senator Hayden (Irish on the Inside, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2001

"A probing literary and historical contribution of consequence and beauty to the story of Arctic exploration, making a significant addition to the truncated record of women's achievements there."
Pushcart Prize-winner Nickerson (Disappearance: A Map, 1996) retells with glinting passion the revelatory story of Inuit explorer Tookoolito. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2001

"A superior example of unit history, which provides an almost inexhaustible treasure trove for history buffs because each regiment fought the same war, but each underwent a unique experience."
The story of a Confederate regiment, from the naïve enthusiasm of its muster in 1861 to its dissolution after the bitter surrender at Appomattox. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2001

"Though expressed in prose that is at times eye-glazing, Brown's evidence demands consideration and must alter our understanding of the recent history of both the US and Nicaragua. (20 b&w illustrations; 9 maps, not seen)"
A former US State Department liaison to the Contras argues that the Nicaraguan rebels were a collection of large indigenous forces that existed well before Ronald Reagan and Oliver North. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2001

"Raw and dramatic stuff. Readers will likely experience a better-them-than-me feeling."
Before there were superheroes, there were these guys: the wild, wooly, and implausibly brave GIs of WWII, who here give us their version of the conflict in newcomer O'Donnell's oral history of the war. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2001

"A groundbreaking work: The hammer of Ozment's silvery prose and sturdy logic shatters the surprisingly fragile theories of some of the trendiest historians of the human family. (6 halftones, 4 line illustrations)"
Ozment (Flesh and Spirit, 1999, etc.) argues persuasively that medieval and early Renaissance families displayed in abundance many of the characteristics of modern ones. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >