History Book Reviews (page 942)

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Occasionally strident, always implacable and severe, these essays express in many ways the prevailing mood of dissatisfaction in the country today."
Eighteen trenchant essays on American politics and society during the cold war. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An intense and persuasive call for Israelis to confront their consciences—and for others to consider some of the spiritual questions imbedded in the politics."
An American briefly imprisoned in his adopted Israel—for refusing to serve in the army on the West Bank—ponders the moral and practical implications of Israel's increasingly violent occupation of the territories. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"An absorbing if far-fetched story of spiritual adventure, likely to interest the same Castaneda-oriented readership as Taisha Abelar's The Sorcerers' Crossing (reviewed above)."
Psychologist Villoldo and playwright Jendresen (The Four Winds, 1990) reteam to describe Villoldo's latest shamanistic adventure in Peru. Read full book review >
EXPERIENCE OF WAR by Robert--Ed. Cowley
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Several maps help vivify this bonanza for military-history buffs."
Bountiful anthology of articles from MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Valuable, if solemn, first-person insights on the price of renewal from a professional executive who knows the territory. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
An insider's earnest report on how Xerox won, lost, and regained control of the multibillion-dollar global market it launched in plain-paper copiers. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"The man who once ran a pig for president has become a seasoned do-gooder, and this enjoyable if unabashedly sentimental collection may well succeed in convincing readers that working to ease suffering in the world can be a wonderful trip."
Legendary hippie Wavy Gravy presents 49 goofy and sometimes gripping autobiographical vignettes on everything from Woodstock to Janis Joplin's infectious laugh to the charitable Seva Foundation, using his own life and distinctly wavy sense of humor to get people to ``dare to struggle, dare to grin.'' ``What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.'' This sunny if unrealistic announcement, blasted through the loudspeakers at Woodstock, became emblematic for Gravy as, over the years, the toothless, grinning founding father of the still-thriving Hog Farm commune came to represent humanitarian and spiritual action as a fun pursuit, a prankster path. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"Though Wills continues to wear his erudition on his sleeve, he is also, as ever, provocative—and, here, eloquent and moving too. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another attempt by journalist-historian Wills (Under God, 1990, etc.) to peel away layers of myth to extract the original context and continued relevance of an American institution—as he did in his trilogy about the Enlightenment influence on early America: Cincinnatus (1984), Explaining America (1981), and Inventing America (1978). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 31, 1992

"Particularly engaging as a chronicle of French defeat and, despite all best advice, the taking up of the doomed struggle by the US."
Memoir of Vietnam by the author of A Very Large Consulate (1988) and other novels, including one about the French war against the Vietnamese (To a Silent Valley, 1961). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 29, 1992

"Even with the celebrity gloss, essentially uninspired and uninspiring."
Interviews with numerous individuals, many of them celebrities, on how they have coped with adversity. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 27, 1992

"A thoughtful, humane, and readable history that brings the reader very close to this epic battle, the three cultures involved, and what it was like for the men and women who lived—or died- -through it. (Photographs—40 b&w, one color—not seen.)"
From Feifer (Our Motherland, 1974, etc.)—a fully considered, well-told account of perhaps the greatest land-sea-air engagement ever: the 1945 battle of Okinawa. Read full book review >
THE MEMORY OF THE BODY by Jan Kott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1992

"A minor addition to Kott's critical oeuvre, then, but not without impressive moments."
A little theater, a lot of death, plus sex, literature, and philosophy: 18 short pieces—ranging from the lightly anecdotal to the densely theoretical—by the eminent theater critic and historian (Shakespeare Our Contemporary, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 25, 1992

"Effective social history, then, as told by the participants. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Very much in the populist spirit and style of Studs Terkel, the creator of the Foxfire series here documents the experiences of 20th-century civil-rights activists who had a strong connection with the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >