History Book Reviews (page 942)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Australian novelist Keneally (Flying Hero Class, p. 131, etc.) brings his lively imagination to bear on the American Southwest. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"A huge drama full of players on the grand scale, none of whom comes alive within the confines of this treatment."
Tedious account of riveting events surrounding Count Folke Bernadotte's release of prisoners from German concentration camps and his subsequent assassination, by Schwarz (co-author, The Peter Lawford Story, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Familiar facts but a distinctive viewpoint: an intensely partisan chronicle of centuries of dishonor, written in a fluid, vivid style. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
Clear and concise history detailing the experiences of Native Americans on both continents from 1492 to 1990, from travel-writer and Mayan specialist Wright (Time Among The Maya, 1989; On Fiji Islands, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
SEX, DEATH AND GOD IN L.A. by David Reid
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Sour and rarely sweet, most vital as memoir and fantasy."
Cultural, sometimes labyrinthine, anthology-survey of the ever-changing entity of incorporated counties called Greater Los Angeles. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Required reading for burned-out civic reformers, and stirring stuff for socially concerned businesspeople."
An inspiring, well-organized exposition of ten principles that appear to offer hope for renewal in an era of government decline. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Ponderous, although well-researched, and suffering also from being intuitively obvious, to the extent that anyone seeking revelation as to how a national identity is forged, and stamped on its citizens, will be disappointed. (Fifteen halftones—not seen.)"
Here, social-historian Bodnar (Indiana Univ.) offers a moderately enticing analysis of the dynamic between national agendas and local attitudes as it surfaces in public ceremonies and commemorations. Read full book review >
ON CLOWNS by Norman Manea
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

Romanian-ÇmigrÇ novelist Manea here offers a rambling clutch of essays that effectively reproduce the sense of chaos and insecure self-definition that was (and still must be) the lot of the writer-citizen in the slipperiest, perhaps most psychotic of all the pre-1989 European hell-states, Ceausescu's Romania. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 31, 1992

"Bennett's analysis tends to the fashionable, and his suggested reforms to the ho-hum."
A humdrum analysis of the American political system by Bennett (Poli. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 31, 1992

"A judicious, thoughtful overview, drawing on some of the best analyses that have been done on American elections."
A savvy description of how the system of presidential elections is designed and works. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 31, 1992

"Much that is new, all of it disturbing."
Head-spinning documentation of how Vatican immunity shielded Nazi war criminals from just punishment—and unwittingly aided the Communist cause. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

"For the reader who might like to entertain this among other cosmological hypotheses, the setting out of one set of bizarre theories after another in a largely uncritical omnium-gatherum is more likely to engender skepticism than conviction."
English astrophysicist-cum-science writer Gribbin (co-author, Cosmic Coincidences, 1989, etc.) and mathematical physicist Davies (Univ. of Adelaide, Australia; The Cosmic Blueprint, 1988, etc.) have collectively produced a couple of dozen popular books on the nature of the universe, churning them out as regularly as clockwork. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 1992

"Despite occasional repetition and much melodrama, a mesmerizing peek into China's veiled backstage politics. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs; map—not seen.)"
A compelling and well-detailed biography of Kang Sheng, Mao's sadistic, Machiavellian head of secret police. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >