History Book Reviews (page 943)

HISTORY
Released: May 21, 1992

"Disappointingly short on both drama and insight. (Nineteen b&w illustrations.)"
Pallid, unconvincing portrait of the doyenne of the Pre- Raphaelite Brotherhood, the mid-Victorian art movement whose members—Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris, Holman Hunt—were as well known for their laudanum and license as for their innovative paintings. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 20, 1992

Lavender, a prolific historian of the West (The Way to the Western Sea, 1988, etc.), offers a tragic tale of a Native American tribe's loss of its land, culture, and identity. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1992

"Not a seminal work of history, but a well-told and worthwhile look at two important incidents in the history of American government. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
In a pleasant if unremarkable history lesson, America's Chief Justice (The Supreme Court, 1987) recounts ``two episodes in American history'' that were ``of extraordinary importance to the American system of government''—the impeachment trials of, in 1805, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase and, in 1868, President Andrew Johnson. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 18, 1992

In this unflinching account of betrayed ideals, Wettlin, an American who went to Russia in 1932 for one year but fell in love and stayed another 50, gives a stunning and moving portrait of a long-suffering people ``essentially unpragmatic, uncompetitive, and acutely sensitive to the mystery of life.'' A native of Philadelphia, Wettlin went to the Soviet Union eager to contribute her skills as a high-school teacher to this nation that promised so much. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1992

"A thoughtful, well-researched look at the current pronounced conservatism of a most enigmatic and influential institution. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Los Angeles Times reporter Savage engrossingly chronicles a sea change in the nation's high court—its transformation, under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, from guardian of an expansively interpreted Bill of Rights into a highly restrained and, toward government authority, profoundly deferential court. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 15, 1992

"An activist's handbook complete with legal appendices and lists of waste sites, but much, much more: This is a clear and concise condemnation of practices and attitudes in the last bastion of unregulated environmental destruction in America."
Boston science-journalist Shulman hammers away at the US military establishment's abysmal handling of deadly waste—an extensively researched exposÇ certain to enlighten and frighten all who have the Armed Forces or the Department of Energy as neighbors. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 15, 1992

"Warmly written with much to weigh, not all of it fantasy."
Massive companion volume to Livingstone's massive 1989 study (not reviewed) of JFK-assassination evidence, now a paperback bestseller. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 14, 1992

"A fair-minded and balanced report, backed by extensive research."
Davis—coauthor of Kelley (1987), the autobiography of former FBI director Clarence M. Kelley—delves into the FBI's secret counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO), which from 1956 to 1971 aimed to stifle dissent among domestic radical groups. J. Edgar Hoover, Davis explains, obtained a vast charter for the FBI to monitor domestic intelligence when FDR signed a special directive just prior to WW II, and managed to get the National Security Council to expand the FBI's portfolio in this arena in 1956. Read full book review >
INSIDE CAMPAIGN FINANCE by Frank J. Sorauf
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 1992

"The evenhanded text includes an abundance of tabular material—not seen."
A rigorously revisionist, if somewhat detached, view of the supporting role money has played in American political campaigns since Watergate-instigated modification of the electoral regulatory regime. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 10, 1992

"Disheartening: a 'portrait' painted in simplified strokes and with no perspective."
Manchester, temporarily putting aside his rousing Churchill series (The Last Lion), offers a disappointing retread of past histories about the explosive dawn of the modern age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 1992

An informed and evenhanded critique of the ``creeping professionalism'' that imperils American sport; by an activist observer with impeccable credentials. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 4, 1992

"Still, a provocative and sobering assessment of how self-government's reach can exceed its grasp."
An angry inquiry into the putative decline of democracy in the US. 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 >