History Book Reviews (page 942)

THE PRESIDENCY OF JAMES EARL CARTER, JR. by Burton I. Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"The question never dealt with here is whether Carter's traditional honesty and ethics simply were out of tune with a nation preferring to avoid energy reform, the legacy of Vietnam, and the implications of Watergate—a nation waiting for Ronald Reagan."
Jimmy Carter as failed President. Read full book review >
ELIZABETH BACON CUSTER AND THE MAKING OF A MYTH by Shirley A. Leckie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

Leckie (History/University of Central Florida) deftly discerns Elizabeth Custer's central role in the making of the Custer legend, thus simultaneously celebrating a strong woman and deflating a frontier hero. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"Moreover, Lerner doesn't simply lament the silence endured by women—from the obscure wives of medieval French troubadours to Mexican peasants, German nuns, and English mystics- -but gives these nearly forgotten souls a voice."
In an excellent follow-up to The Creation of Patriarchy (1986)—a study of how men institutionalized their domination of women—NOW cofounder Lerner (History/Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison) follows women's struggle to create a history of their own—from the first written record in the seventh century to the start of the feminist movement. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"But one would never understand the sources of these creative and destructive tensions from Perry's history, presented without flair or logical unity."
A woolly, meandering analysis of commercial, rootless America in the Age of Jackson. Read full book review >
THE SEVENTH MILLION by Tom Segev
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A powerful and disturbing book, sure to arouse heated debate. (Photographs)"
An unflattering examination of how political positions have shaped Israeli attitudes toward the Holocaust. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1993

"No surprises here, but Winkler's historical review is refreshingly balanced and neutral."
In exploring the forces created between scientific, artistic, and political-activist groups and those who dictate international policy, Winkler (History/Miami University) provides a concise—if limited—review of public response to 50 years of global increase in nuclear arms. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"An insider's illuminating, if tactful, appraisal of a defense establishment in transition, as well as of its varied constituencies and critics. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
The low-key memoirs of a retired admiral whose ascent to four- star rank owed more to his world-class skills as a statesman and technocrat than to time at sea. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FOREST by Charles Bowden
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"A vibrant sketch imbued with elegance, mystery, and charm. (Sixty color photographs by Pulitzer-winning photographer Jack Dykinga)"
Tales of the brute geography of tropical Sonora, told with originality by a writer known for prose with an offbeat edge. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Required reading for anyone concerned with continued abuses of power by the military- industrial complex."
Foerstel's Surveillance in the Stacks (1991) was a science librarian's response to the FBI's ``Library Awareness Program,'' in which the feds asked for records of ``suspicious'' foreign nationals consulting technical reference books. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A powerful salvo in the war over political correctness—and a ringing reaffirmation of the principles of free thought as conceived by Locke, John Stuart Mill, and others."
A compelling defense of free speech against its new enemies, who range from the mosques of Iran to the groves of American academe. Read full book review >
WARLORD by Edwin P. Hoyt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"A revelatory portrait of an Axis kingpin whose intriguing story has been overlooked, at least compared to the coverage accorded his German and Italian counterparts."
An eye-opening political bio of Hideki Tojo, Japan's premier for much of WW II. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"A valuable contribution to the growing literature on the Armenian genocide. (Eighteen photos and one map, plus a fine bibliography, copious footnotes, and useful appendices)"
The first genocide of the 20th century took place in Turkey in 1915 when some 1.5 million Armenians were deported from their birthplace and massacred. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >