History Book Reviews (page 94)

THE SHADOW OF THE SUN by Ryszard Kapuscinski
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Released: April 24, 2001

"A book of many wonders, of unfathomable sadness, of intense quiet and quick violence, of greed and grandeur, of illuminations blindingly bright."
A wrenching, poignant portrait of Africa and Africans by a Polish journalist who first visited the continent in 1957. Read full book review >
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Released: April 18, 2001

"A truly instructive work."
Clear-eyed essays focusing chiefly on political events of the past decade in Colombia, Mexico, and Cuba. Read full book review >

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Released: April 6, 2001

"A perturbing read that prods us to ponder guilt and innocence from new perspectives."
A suspenseful, well-researched account of the life of a Brooklyn lawyer Robert Rowe, who murdered his wife and three children and escaped prison with the insanity plea in 1978. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 2001

"A magical mystery tour made comprehensible and exhilarating by McCrone's erudition and impressive expository gifts. (8 pages color photographs)"
A science-writer reviews the theories and research that have produced the current view of the brain as a dynamic structure with only superficial resemblances to a digital computer. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 2001

"Wagner—knowledgeable, perceptive, and wise—guides us gracefully through Hughes's poems so that we see with a new clarity his responses to his life with Plath, and to her lamentable death. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The literary editor of the Times (of London) revisits the oft-told lives of Hughes and Plath, focusing on Hughes's Birthday Letters (1998), the volume he addressed to Plath shortly before his death. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 2001

"A lucid antidote to the sensationalist histories currently in vogue."
Short essays by noted scholar Foner (The Story of American Freedom, 1998, etc.) on the role history has played in recent times, including his own. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 2001

"A valuable and extensive collection, intelligently edited."
Ginsberg, voluble when not downright loquacious, gave hundreds of interviews over his 40-year career; Carter has chosen generously for this new gathering, including many previously uncollected. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 2001

"Lucid, often surprisingly funny: a very welcome contribution to our understanding of this tragic nation."
An instructive memoir by an Afghan-American thrust into the news after September 11, 2001. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 2001

"Tenderness mixes with rage, sorrow with bitterness, in this first-rate gathering of pieces by those who refuse to forget."
A superb anthology of prose work by members of the Second Generation. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >