History Book Reviews (page 942)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

"Well-reasoned at every point, Lane's convincing report sounds like the last word on the assassination—but for an alternate scenario, see Mark North's Act of Treason (below)."
The author of Rush to Judgment, the first book to attack the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of JFK, takes on the CIA's possible role in the murder, by way of Florida jury trial. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

"Thoughtful, passionate, and visually exciting—a work that will unquestionably encourage others both to create meaningful monuments, buildings, gardens and to understand them. (Over 500 illustrations, including 200 color and 200 b&w photographs.)"
A brilliant distillation of the ideas of the man called by Philip Johnson ``the most influential architecture teacher ever.'' Here, Scully (Art History/Yale; Pueblo, 1974) surveys with charm, eloquence, and philosophical reflection the history of the symbolic structures that mediate between the human beings who created and use them and the natural world. Read full book review >

MODIGLIANI by June Rose
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 21, 1991

"Despite the somewhat misleading subtitle, this is not a paean to la vie de la bohäme, but a tragic story of art transcending life. (Eight color, 64 b&w illustrations.)"
Colorful biography of the painter Amedeo Modigliani (1884- 1920), set against the art world of Paris during the first two decades of the century. Read full book review >
BRAVE COMPANIONS by David McCullough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 1991

Lyrical historical homages—many drawn from magazines such as Life, etc., to both people and events, by eminent historian McCullough (Mornings on Horseback, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

This copiously illustrated history of America's ``most successful humor magazine'' never takes itself too seriously, despite patches of banal social history and cultural analysis. Read full book review >

WOODROW WILSON by August Heckscher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

"A familiar, but convincing and sympathetic, argument for Wilson's greatness as presidential innovator and world statesman. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
A long, appreciative biography of Wilson that details the warm private man as well as the towering public figure; from former journalist and N.Y.C. Parks Commissioner Heckscher (St. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"An engrossing account of America's path to disaster, with Eisenhower's commitment to Indochina and Ho's growing disaffection with the US set in expert counterpoint."
Thorough, thoughtful history of America's road to Vietnam, by Arnold (Bantam History of the Vietnam War—not reviewed). Read full book review >
WOODROW WILSON by J.W. Schulte Nordholt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"Schulte Nordholt's perceptive focus on Wilson's volatile mind- set—which equated esthetics with ethics and poetics with politics- -is a refreshing change from the more familiar portraits such as August Heckscher's Woodrow Wilson (p. 909). (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs-not seen.)"
From Dutch historian Schulte Nordholt, an evenhanded look at the 28th President. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"An incorrigible tendency toward abbreviating Conan Doyle's views to promulgate his own diminishes Costello's well-researched quasi-biography, which ultimately makes the crimes more interesting than the crimewriter. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Whether you agree or not that Sherlock Holmes was the greatest detective who never lived, there is little evidence here that his maker, Conan Doyle, could have been admitted to the first rank of investigators—unless enthusiasm for the grisly be the prime qualification. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 1991

"North's general lines of reasoning are abundantly enforced by Hoover's own memos, among other sources. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Strong scenario by a Texas attorney for J. Edgar Hoover's complicity in the assassination of President Kennedy by the Carlos Marcello mafia family of New Orleans. Read full book review >
GIORDANO BRUNO AND THE EMBASSY AFFAIR by John Bossy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1991

"A bewildering and frustrating read. (Illustrations.)"
It takes considerable courage and incontrovertible evidence to propose, as Bossy (History/Univ. of York) does, that Giordano Bruno, an Italian ``national saint'' burned at the stake in 1600 for defying the Pope, spent three years (1583-86) as an anti- Catholic spy at the pro-papal French Embassy in London. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 13, 1991

"Well written and researched—though more about socioeconomic than intellectual Jewish gains. (Twelve illustrations—not seen.)"
An absorbing study of American Jews who first broke the ``color line'' at the humanities faculties of Ivy League colleges. 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 >