History Book Reviews (page 942)

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH PERESTROIKA by Marshall I. Goldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Incisive and expert road map to the intricacies of recent Soviet history."
Lucid—and, as recent events attest, prescient—examination of Gorbachev's domestic performance, which Goldman (Gorbachev's Challenge, 1987, etc.) argues has led to the economic collapse and political disintegration of the USSR. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

Bernier's first book is a reshaping of her slide and lecture series often given at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and elsewhere. Read full book review >

HENRY CLAY by Robert V. Remini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"A fine, absorbing biography that does justice to its great subject. (Photos—not seen.)"
From Remini (History/Chicago; The Life of Andrew Jackson, 1988, etc.)—a definitive, magisterial biography of the great statesman who dominated the public life of the early American republic but who could never attain its highest office. Read full book review >
ARMY SURVEILLANCE IN AMERICA, 1775-1980 by Joan M. Jensen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"Still, the author capably reveals the conflict between politics, security, and policy."
A dense and well-detailed history of army surveillance that throws light on a shadowed aspect of our past. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"A subtle and elegant attempt to examine the hearts and minds of Unionists and Confederates—and the drastic means both used to give shape to radically different visions of nationality and freedom. (Twenty-two photographs and six maps—not seen.)"
Here, LSU history professor Royster (Light-Horse Harry Lee and the Legacy of the American Revolution, 1981; A Revolutionary People at War, 1980) shows how both the North and South clamored for massive and lethal action against one another in the Civil War, only to find that the violence surpassed their fantasies of mayhem in unexpectedly nasty ways. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"Sagan knows his ancient history and compellingly elucidates Athenian self-destructive paranoia, but his argument loses force with tentative speculations on the future, only tangential references to modern democracy, and overreliance on Freudian theory."
A fractured psychoanalytical history of democracy focusing mostly on the ancient Athenian city-state, from sociologist Sagan (Freud, Women, and Morality, 1988, etc. Sagan believes that Athenian democracy and our modern American republic share fundamental moral and psychological dilemmas that derive from the ``paranoid position'': a desire to control others and a fear of loss of self. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 16, 1991

"If not the best, this is certainly the most humanizing of Sidney biographies. (Sixteen pages of b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A spirited, speculative, scholarly account of the brief life (1554-86) of the Elizabethan courtier, soldier, diplomat, author, patron—to some the embodiment of the Renaissance ideal—by Duncan- Jones (English/Oxford). ``It is entirely possible,'' ``in fact, most probable,'' and ``bluntly apparent''—to use some of the author's decisively uncertain terms, that the illustrious Sir Philip Sidney considered himself a failure, his life spent as an ``aspirant administrator'' waiting for preferments, as well as for appropriate and endowed brides who would accept him without a title; even recognition as a writer was delayed until after his death. Read full book review >
IN MORTAL COMBAT by John Toland
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"The sparsely annotated text has 55 photographs and 18 helpful maps."
For an ostensibly forgotten war, the Korean ``police action'' has commanded a lot of literary attention in recent years. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Still, an unusually upbeat military history of the war that served as a training ground for Operation Desert Storm."
Three editors of Army Times offer a minutely detailed—and adulatory—narrative of Operation Just Cause, the US invasion of Panama in December 1989. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 9, 1991

"Bright and bubbly for popular consumption and sure to be as successful as its predecessor—and as distressingly flat the morning after. (Line illustrations.)"
Sequel to Shenkman's best-selling Legends, Lies And Cherished Myths Of American History (1989), further debunking popularly held views of Americans and their habits. Read full book review >
DEADLINE by Jr. Reston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 1991

Two-time Pulitzer-winner Reston (Reston's Washington, 1986, etc.) recalls with verve and good humor his life and times, including 50 years as reporter, Washington bureau chief, executive editor, and columnist for The New York Times. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 6, 1991

"A valuable, well-informed contribution to the legal view of Native American history, despite necessary doubts about the author's impartiality, as when the relationship between his father and the Sioux went sour."
A provocative, complex reexamination of the trail of broken promises marking historical relations between the US and the once- mighty Sioux nation, and the book debut of attorney/historian Lazarus, whose father met with substantial success after representing tribal interests in the federal judiciary for 20-odd years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >