History Book Reviews (page 942)

CHASED by Billy Chase
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Serious, intriguing stuff rendered trite with hyperbole and tough-guy talk."
The melodramatic saga of Connecticut narcotics agent Chase, who infiltrated drug gangs from street dealers to the Gambino crime family. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Perhaps only an artist could write about other artists with such genuine curiosity and open-mindedness."
De Kooning (1918-89) was a painter herself, and, in the essays here, she describes art the way artists experience it—the messy, hands-on, tactile experience of painting. Read full book review >

BERTHA KNIGHT LANDES OF SEATTLE by Sandra Haarsager
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A potentially rich subject given a plodding, didactic treatment."
Journalist/Communications professor (Univ. of Idaho) Haarsager on the subject of first woman elected mayor of a major American city (1926-28). Read full book review >
THE UNQUIET GHOST by Adam Hochschild
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"As sensitive, subtle, and moving as Chekhov: journalism raised to the level of art."
Although 20 million people died during Stalin's two-decade reign of terror, Russians have only recently, with the advent of glasnost, begun to confront their memories of that time. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Kurzman's evenhanded and absorbing report not only bridges a long-standing gap in the history books but pays fitting tribute to those lost. (Photos—16 pages—not seen)"
From Kurzman (Fatal Voyage, A Killing Wind, etc.), a telling rundown on a WW II disaster that seldom rates more than a footnote in standard chronicles. Read full book review >

MAY THE LORD IN HIS MERCY BE KIND TO BELFAST by Tony Parker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1994

"But it is also a sobering reminder of just how perilous and difficult the peace process will be."
From oral historian Parker (Bird, Kansas, 1989, etc.), riveting interviews that speak to the heart of the ``Troubles'' in Belfast, where even to be neither Protestant nor Catholic is not sufficient: ``what matters is where did you begin?'' Parker learned that everything in Belfast, from your choice of camera shop to which hotel you stay in, is affected by religious affiliation. Read full book review >
IN THE CITIES AND JUNGLES OF BRAZIL by Paul Rambali
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1994

"In all, a good guide to how Brazil looks, smells, and feels; not so good on what makes it tick."
From British writer Rambali, now a Paris-based TV documentary- maker: a vivid and atmospheric portrait of Brazil that unfortunately skates along the surface of its subject. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1994

"Cloak-and-dagger buffs may quarrel about their favorite omissions, but Volkman's short-take files afford general readers an consistently absorbing and informative introduction to key players in the espionage game. (Illustrations throughout)"
Once-over-lightly profiles of more than two score spies, code- breakers, defectors, moles, and saboteurs who've engaged in the intelligence trade during the 20th century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"On balance, a vivid exercise in narrative that is more ideological than historical."
Using imaginary conversations, NYU professor Cantor (Inventing the Middle Ages, 1991, etc.) attempts to make medieval culture and society relevant for the modern reader. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ultimately these journals cohere as great works of portraiture: a picture of one of the century's most toweringly moral artists, suffering at full tide, without a jot of self-pity."
Equal certainly to Eckermann's table talk with Goethe and Boswell's journals about Dr. Johnson, Chukovskaya's indispensable log of her friendship with the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova— an act of literary and personal fidelity accomplished under the most insanely difficult circumstances—is finally available here in translation, and few books are quite as illuminating both of horror and genius. Read full book review >
SEEDS OF THE SIXTIES by Andrew Jamison
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1994

"Still, Seeds of the Sixties serves a crucial purpose; hopefully it will lead readers to further investigate the work of the important and interesting figures it examines."
Useful attempt to identify the writers and activists of the 1940's and 50's who most influenced progressive thought in the 60's. Read full book review >
LIVING A POLITICAL LIFE by Madeleine Kunin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Compulsory reading for anyone, male or female, who has ever pondered the mysteries of political life. (16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
The triumphs and challenges of the political arena shape an extraordinarily candid, often lyrical, memoir from former Vermont governor and current Deputy US Secretary of Education Kunin. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >