History Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2003

"Indispensable for understanding the role of secret intelligence in foreign policy and national defense."
Of spooks, spies, double agents, and Ivy League gentlemen who certainly did read each other's mail: former CIA director Helms revisits a long career doing Uncle Sam's shadow work. Read full book review >
GULAG by Anne Applebaum
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 15, 2003

"Extraordinary in its range and lucidity: a most welcome companion to Bernard-Henri Levi's Barbarism With a Human Face, Robert Conquest's The Great Terror, and, of course, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago."
A searing, engrossing history of the most extensive, longest-lived experiment in "rationalized evil" the world has ever known. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 9, 2003

"Fine seafaring adventure, expertly narrated: for maritime historians and fans of Hornblower and Aubrey alike."
A superb recounting of a strange affair indeed: an incident of mutiny on the high seas that American naval history has long forgotten. Read full book review >
READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN by Azar Nafisi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2003

"A spirited tribute both to the classics of world literature and to resistance against oppression."
So you want a revolution? If your foe is an ayatollah, try reading Jane Austen. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2003

"A can't-put-it-down narrative: frightening, informative, and, with bioterrorism in the forefront of the news, timely."
From the head of the Washington Post's investigative team, a vivid account of the anthrax scare of 2001 and the government's bumbling response to this still unsolved crime. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2003

"History as it should be: informative but also lively, thrilling, and hugely entertaining."
A vivid, dramatic account of conspiracy and murder in 15th-century Florence. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Rigorously researched, intelligent, compassionate. A tour de force. (2 maps, 50 illustrations, not seen)"
Masterfully demonstrating that truth can trump fiction, English travel writer Dalrymple (From the Holy Mountain, 1998, etc.) relates a wrenching tale of love's labors lost on the Indian subcontinent. Read full book review >
THE GATE by François Bizot
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 2003

"Heartbreaking and terrifying: a superb account of the madness of war, and of a people's wholesale self-destruction."
Breathtaking memoir by a young French scholar who twice managed to escape from the clutches of the Khmer Rouge as the Cambodian genocide was unfolding. Read full book review >
WHEN THE KING TOOK FLIGHT by Timothy Tackett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"Exciting, provocative, instructive: popular history at its finest. (3 maps, 24 halftones and line illustrations)"
Tackett (History/Univ. of California, Irvine) describes the failed attempt by Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette to escape revolutionary France in June 1791, astutely assessing the consequences. Read full book review >
DREAMING WAR by Gore Vidal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pleasure for those convinced of the present ruling elite's deep-seated flaws and deeper evils, and tasty food for thought even for the doubtful."
Another deliciously ill-tempered screed from veteran gadfly Vidal (Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace, p. 398, etc.), perhaps our fiercest homegrown critic of American imperialism in general and the current administration in particular. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"Fresh, endlessly fascinating, and altogether extraordinary."
A sweeping, continent-wide reinterpretation of early US history from Kennedy (Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson, 1999, etc.), who replaces individualist heroes such as Daniel Boone with economic movements, transcontinental forces, and unintended consequences. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"Comfortable as an old cardigan and more than simple nostalgia: a memoir in turns sagacious and poignant, the way it ought to be."
A recollection of the people, the sights, sounds, smells—the feel—of a boyhood in a harsh and splendid time in America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >