History Book Reviews (page 943)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"A powerful corrective."
In seven essays and addresses on postmodern thought, Himmelfarb (Emeritus, History/CUNY) becomes the conscience of contemporary intellectual life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1994

"In all, Nardi's letters are less revealing of the woman or poet than of the dysfunctional personality who brought out the best in some very talented people, including O'Neil."
Marcia Nardi (1901-90) was the anonymous female Williams quoted in Paterson (1946), using her letters to represent either the deprived misunderstood poet or the isolated unconventional woman. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 9, 1994

"No simple answers here but perceptive insights intelligently presented."
A well-informed, convincing analysis of the most oppressive regimes of our century and what we can learn from them for the future, by Chirot (Political science/Northwestern; Social Change in the Modern Era, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 7, 1994

"Not all things to all readers, but a varied pasture for literate browsers."
Essays, articles, and reviews from the past few years by scholar and classicist Knox (The Oldest Dead White European Males, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 2, 1994

"In all, an authoritative and accessible survey of a life-or- death issue. (Maps; 16 pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A grim reminder that much of the post-cold war world remains armed and dangerous. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Reading through it is immensely rewarding—like having an hourlong, tell-all phone conversation with a close friend."
A moving, eloquent assortment of personal writings from the diaries of contemporary black women, collected by Bell-Scott (coeditor: Doublestitch: Black Women Write About Mothers and Daughters, 1991—not reviewed) and including excerpts from Alice Walker, Audrey Lorde, Rita Dove, Jamaica Kincaid, and others, as well as selections from lesser-known, unpublished writers. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Thought-provoking, if dry, historical fare for the intelligent nonexpert."
Blum (formerly History/Princeton; the scholarly The End of the World Order in Rural Europe, etc.—not reviewed) offers a detailed, if pedestrian, analysis of a remarkable decade. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"In brief, then, an academic's examination of a presumptive pathology, which will strike many readers as rotten to the Corps. (Photos, line drawings, and maps.)"
In a revision of his 1990 doctoral dissertation, Cameron (History/Old Dominion Univ.) attempts to anatomize the esprit of the 1st Division of the US Marine Corps on the basis of its performance during WW II and after. Read full book review >
DENG XIAOPING by Richard Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Excruciatingly circumstantial, yet as comprehensive a look at the hitherto shadowy leader as we're likely to have any time soon. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
From a prominent Sinologist, once British ambassador in Peking: an authoritative if numbingly detailed biography of the aging communist revolutionary and leader. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Davidson has his biases, and they show—but so, too, do his great affection and goodwill for a continent too often maligned or ignored."
A mixed bag of 20 essays and lectures (most reprinted from The New Statesman and other journals) by Africa-expert Davidson (The Black Man's Burden, 1992, etc.), selected by the author in commemoration of his 80th birthday. Read full book review >
RED AZALEA by Anchee Min
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A haunting and quietly dramatic coming-of-age story with a cultural cataclysm as its backdrop."
Fascinating memoir of a young Chinese girl during the collapse of the Maoist regime. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"As an addition to the genre of Gulag literature, a remarkable and heroic story, recounted with great simplicity and nobility."
Nineteen years in Mao's labor camps—as chronicled by Wu (resident scholar at the Hoover Institution) and Wakeman (To the Storm—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >