History Book Reviews (page 943)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 1992

"A significant study."
A penetrative and timely analysis of the postwar history of Communism, by Ulam (Director, Russian Research Center/Harvard; Dangerous Relations, 1983, etc.). Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF MIDDLEBROW CULTURE by Joan Shelley Rubin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 9, 1992

Rubin (American Studies/SUNY at Brockport) offers a thorough, thoughtful history and critique of ``middlebrow culture'' during the 1920's-40's, profiling Will Durant and other ``apostles of a shattered faith'' who promoted it. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 9, 1992

"An articulate and provocative collection—with something for lovers of western facts and figures, as well as for the more theoretically inclined. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Thirteen wide-ranging essays form an introduction to the cutting edge of western scholarship in this Festschrift to Yale historian Howard Roberts Lamar, who also contributes a chapter. Read full book review >
ROGUE WARRIOR by Richard Marcinko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 1992

"Profane and asking no quarter: the real nitty-gritty, bloody and authentic. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
The stormy career of a top Navy SEAL hotspur. Read full book review >
MY CHICAGO by Jane Byrne
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A compelling account of modern urban politics, from one who was there. (Photographs—not seen.)"
In an engaging and readable work of history and autobiography, Chicago's first woman mayor reflects on the history of her city and of her tenure. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1992

"God-fearers), but his study reinforces the perception that his subjects live in a simply perceived world of theological givens."
An ethnographer's safari into the black-and-white world of Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Read full book review >
M.I.A. OR MYTHMAKING IN AMERICA by H. Bruce Franklin
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1992

"Intelligent, provocative, and courageous."
A calm and thoughtful book on a firestorm of a subject, by Franklin (English and American Studies/Rutgers; War Stars, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
ONLY MAN IS VILE by William McGowan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"McGowan has done his homework, offering instructive insights into Third World politics gone mad."
An exhaustive treatment, in the manner of a grim travelogue, of the ongoing Sri Lankan civil war. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A solid journalistic contribution to one of the enduring controversies in cold war spookery, with close attention paid to the byzantine mind-games that the CIA waged against its enemy and, ultimately, its own staff. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
This Kafkaesque chronicle from CIA maven and novelist Wise (The Samarkand Dimension, 1987; The Children's Game, 1983, etc.) might just as easily be titled Damage: damage to an agency's morale, to its officers and their families, to civil liberties, and ultimately to US military and foreign policy in some of the hottest years of the cold war. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1992

"Much of the impact of this smart, sweeping, intermittently clarifying commentary comes from well-captioned b&w photographs of influential landmarks of taste—from a Paris restaurant of 1900 to Converse sneakers, Coco Chanel, a William Morris print, and the Rothschilds' chateau."
A British design critic (Harley Earl and the Dream Machine, 1983) offers an opinionated tour of the modern and mercurial concept of taste, that ``merciless betrayer of social and cultural attitudes.'' ``Good'' and ``bad'' taste, Bayley argues, are not absolutes, and no longer the simple matter of rules they were in Joshua Reynolds's England. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Unfocused and as much about Scarborough's milieu as the man himself, but still a colorful rendering of the hard men (and women) who thrived on the frontier. (Photos.)"
The life and times of one of the more modest frontier gunmen, and his sizable role in the taming of the New Mexico and Arizona Territories, by Wild West biographer DeArment (Knights of the Green Cloth, 1982—not reviewed). Read full book review >
CLAIMING BREATH by Diane Glancy
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1992

"A worthwhile model for those advocating women's journal writing as a road to self-actualization and for people seeking to reconnect with a lost cultural heritage; other readers will be only intermittently rewarded."
Glancy (the story collection Trigger Dance, 1990) won the North American Indian Prose Award for this wildly uneven grab-bag in the form of a journal: fresh language and banality, fine prose- poetry and self-indulgence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >