History Book Reviews (page 94)

Released: April 26, 2004

"Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print, and a model of the biographer's art."
A splendid life of an enlightened reactionary and forgotten Founding Father. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2004

"Of a piece with Daniel Bergner's In the Land of Magic Soldiers (2003): a sobering and much-needed portrait of a land that merits, and requires, our attention."
History blended with firsthand reportage of postcolonial Africa, "the stage of mankind's greatest tragedies." Read full book review >

STALIN by S. Sebag Montefiore
Released: April 18, 2004

"There is much news here (including the fate of Hitler's bones), and much to ponder. Altogether extraordinary, and required reading for anyone interested in world affairs."
A fascinating, superbly written study of the Red Emperor Josef Stalin, "an energetic and vainglorious melodramatist who was exceptional in every way." Read full book review >
Released: April 6, 2004

"The straight stuff: sobering, eye-opening, and not all that sanguine."
A Texas journalist assembles and dissects the facts surrounding the 1998 death of David "Gypsy" Chain, an activist killed in California's Humboldt County Redwood forest when a logger felled a tree nearby. Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 2004

"A first-rate history, freshly told, with every promise of becoming a standard text."
American history as epic: the first volume of a projected trilogy by a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian. Read full book review >

Released: April 2, 2004

"A horrendous story told with bitter skill, highlighting the whole sordid, greedy mess that attends illegal broader crossings."
The rueful, fate-wracked tale of 26 men who tried to cross into the US from Mexico but chose the wrong time, place, and guide. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"Sullivan tells all, writing, in prose worthy of Joseph Mitchell, a sort of 'Up in the Old Rat Hole': skittering, scurrying, terrific natural history."
A skillful nature writer goes on rat patrol and records a year with vermin. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"Against these highlights, some of Kelly's curmudgeonly, conservative cultural pieces pale. But the highlights are brilliant indeed, showing that American journalism lost much with Kelly's passing."
A splendid collection of newspaper and magazine pieces by the late Kelly (Martyr's Day, 1993), the first "embedded journalist" to die in the latest Iraq war. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"Fascinating—and most entertaining—from start to finish."
An intriguing historical footnote teased into epic. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 2004

"An eye-opening look at the intersection of art and political power."
A revealing portrait of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75), who managed to keep skin and soul intact during the worst years of the Soviet terror. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 2004

"What's gained here is the pleasure of watching exemplary reporting illuminate a fascinating crossroads of American popular art and commerce."
On the hundredth anniversary of the naming of Times Square, journalist Traub (City on a Hill, 1994, etc.) traces the colorful history of America's premier theater district and appraises its most recent makeover by Disney and other global corporate brands. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2004

"Sure to be textbook reading at the Pentagon, but deserving of the widest audience."
A superbly written account of the recent unpleasantness in Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >