History Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A must-read for armchair historians and budding scholars; for experts, an excursion on well-trodden ground."
A vivid political history of the earliest and most unstable years of the American republic. Read full book review >
HO CHI MINH by William J. Duiker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2000

"Required reading for students of the 20th century—and for all who want to understand how a man can come to epitomize a cause and sire a nation. (32 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A masterful, balanced biography of the charismatic Communist leader. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 26, 2000

"An invaluable contemporary account of how millions of Europeans have taken divergent paths—of compromise or conflict—in reaction to a decade of unanticipated change."
Ash (The File: A Personal History, not reviewed) acts as informed, impassioned eyewitness to post-communist Europe in this collection of dazzling essays, most of which were originally published in the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A sobering exposé; required reading for anyone concerned with the state of our medical preparedness."
Worries over domestic terrorism rarely extend to biological weapons; if the authors are correct, that may be a fatal mistake. Read full book review >
THE FIRST AMERICAN by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Brands adds flesh to a hallowed ghost, and the result is that the reader admires Benjamin Franklin all the more. Superb."
A rousing, first-rate life of a Founding Father. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"Sure to become a classic treatment of suffering."
Psychologist Brehony (Ordinary Grace, 1999, etc.) turns her attention to suffering, grief, and wisdom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Entertaining, fair-minded, and important reading for the end of an election year."
Historic insider's insights into presidential qualities. Read full book review >
THE UKRAINIANS by Andrew Wilson
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An exceptional history, the kind that supplies not pat answers but food for thought within a lush context of documented and mythological past. (Illustrations, not seen)"
A tightly reined yet sweeping introductory examination of Ukrainian identity and history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A quiet treasure."
A vivid and affectionate memoir of the vanishing traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people living on Sapelo Island, off the coast of Georgia. Read full book review >
THIS CRAFT OF VERSE by Jorge Luis Borges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fascinating journey that weaves together the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature to cast old questions in a new light and supplement our understanding of a complex literary mind."
An elegant and deftly woven five-part lecture series that uses philosophic, etymological, and personal inquiry to offer an erudite and coherent exposition on the power and limitations of language with regard to the crafting of poetry. Read full book review >
LEFT BACK by Diane Ravitch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 29, 2000

"An incisive examination of failed utopian schemes in the classroom."
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Ravitch (The Troubled Crusade, 1983) recounts a dispiriting record of pitched debates and failed reform attempts in the American educational system over the last century. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"An entertaining blend of tenacious scholarship, rigorous argument, and lucid exposition. (maps, photos, illustrations, diagrams)"
Noted Egyptologist El Mahdy (Exploring the World of the Pharaohs, not reviewed) separates legend from history in the story of the king whose short life has long captivated the public. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >