History Book Reviews (page 942)

IKE AND MONTY by Norman Gelb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1994

"Generals at War abounds with such telling anecdotes and also is given backbone by Gelb's (Desperate Venture, 1992) clear understanding of warfare and the politics of WW II. (26 b&w photos)"
This is a double portrait of the two very different personalities whose cooperation at the apex of the Allied military command in WW II had profound implications for the war effort. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 25, 1994

"Unfortunately, having vented so much spleen on the bad guys, he has little space left for a positive message."
In an openly partisan book, the former congressman and secretary of the interior attacks those he deems responsible for wars both hot and cold, for misguided foreign policies, and for out-and-out lies and cover-ups. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 24, 1994

A book by a white scholar claiming special insight into ``black realities'' promises to be either brave or presumptuous. Read full book review >
THE FORCE by David Dorsey
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 18, 1994

"Dorsey. (First serial to Esquire; Fortune Book Club selection)"
Freelance journalist Dorsey offers an unsparingly detailed account of a year-long span in the professional lives of a four- man/three-woman group of high-caste hucksters who work out of Xerox Corp.'s district office in Cleveland. Read full book review >
COLORED PEOPLE by Henry Louis Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1994

"Gates left West Virginia for Yale and a meteoric career; the worlds he has seen since should someday make a terrific sequel."
One of the country's top black scholars offers a tender memoir of his youth in a West Virginia paper mill town in the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 18, 1994

"Although passable as postcard travel writing, Seeing Vietnam is more hopeful traveling than arrival at an understanding of a country's painful history and problematic future. ($25,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Equal amounts of cram-course pedagogy and '60s reminiscences pepper this Vietnam travelogue by feminist journalist and novelist Brownmiller (Waverly Place, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 1994

"Yet, despite past victories, he is only too aware of the continuing, desperate plight of the African-American underclass."
Greenberg (Race Relations in American History, not reviewed), former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, recounts the revolutionary and riveting saga of the fight for civil rights in the 1950s and '60s. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 16, 1994

"A highly detailed, encompassing account that is both clear and complex, honoring the intricacies and complexity of America's deepest problem."
A philosophical and factual history of race relations in this country. Read full book review >
MAD PRINCES OF RENAISSANCE GERMANY by H.C. Erik Midelfort
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 1994

"Even so, more academic than popular."
A history of insanity among German royals from about 1450 to 1630, by the author of Witch Hunting in Southwestern Germany, 1562-1684 (not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 1994

"This is fun to read as the names drop, but it offers more titillation than insight into a woman who rode out from a proper Dorset upbringing to adventure, wealth, power—and acknowledged achievement."
If the current US ambassador to France, Pamela Harriman, had spent as much time on her back as this book suggests, she would never have had the time to do the world-class housekeeping and flower arrangements that allegedly endeared her to her lovers—let alone become an authority on antiques, bring together historic personalities for global policy discussions, or raise millions of dollars for the Democratic party. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1994

"The sense of immediacy in Beals's well-crafted account makes the events seem like they happened yesterday."
A profoundly uplifting—and also a profoundly depressing- -account of the integration of Central High in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. Read full book review >
A TIME TO SPEAK by Helen Lewis
HISTORY
Released: May 15, 1994

"Lewis's intelligence shines throughout, made more luminous by her compassionate observations about the effects of war on human beings."
A compelling historical memoir by a Czech Jew who survived Auschwitz. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >