History Book Reviews (page 943)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Provocative and intriguing—but not without flaws."
A forceful study of the relationship between Jews and the state. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Levy does a service in pointing out that prosecutions of people on religious grounds aren't unthinkable—and indeed sometimes still occur."
In an eloquent, monumental study that retraces some of the ground covered in his Treason Against God (1981), Levy (Humanities/Claremont Graduate School; Original Intent and the Framers' Constitution, 1988) recounts the often shameful history in the West of ``the suppression of freedom of expression in the field of religious belief and experience.'' Although Levy focuses on the development of the concept, plus the common law, of blasphemy in the Anglo-American tradition, he covers the evolution of the offense everywhere in Judeo-Christian thought through the Reformation (Christian thinkers, he says, expanded the technical ancient Jewish understanding of blasphemy to encompass idolatry, heresy, sacrilege, and related offenses of nonconformist thinking). Read full book review >

ONLY WORDS by Catharine A. MacKinnon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Although MacKinnon's passionate conviction sometimes causes her ideas to elide and her logic to blur, the ideas are original and gripping, her references are wide-ranging, her legal logic is provocative—and her latest is must reading for anyone interested in either fairness or free speech."
Three passionate, intellectually fascinating essays, each arguing an aspect of the case that sexual words and pictures may by their nature be bannable, even though they may also be Constitutionally protected speech—by University of Michigan law professor and noted feminist legal scholar MacKinnon (Feminism Unmodified, 1987, etc). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An eloquent revival of the simple verities of a vanished era- -idealism, patriotism, small-town parochialism, sense of family and manhood, and fear of failing in the eyes of one's community—that drove the soldier of the North. (Twenty-five halftones)"
An insightful glance at the unique cultural and social milieu of the Union soldier. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"With magisterial command, Stokes does full justice to his momentous subject."
Authoritative, cogent, and compelling account of the upheavals in Eastern Europe. Read full book review >

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE by Patricia A. Turner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Highly repetitious in detail and argument—but, still, an intriguing and thorough analysis. (Five b&w illustrations—not seen)"
Fried chicken will make you sterile; the FBI killed Martin Luther King, Jr.; the ``powers that be'' facilitated the crack epidemic, the AIDS epidemic, and the murders of black children in Atlanta: Here, folklore scholar Turner (African-American and African Studies/UC Davis) offers an illuminating examination of why rumors like these persist in the African-American community. Read full book review >
'BROTHER WOODROW' by Stockton Axson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Revealing of the idealism, energy, and talents—as well as of the preoccupied and cold personality—that carried Wilson to a dominant presidency. (Thirty halftones—not seen)"
Personal memoir of Woodrow Wilson by his brother-in-law, edited by Link (American History/Princeton). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"A cultivated humanist's marvelously readable memoir of revolution's hard realities, which 20 years later has appeal for readers of almost any political persuasion."
A genuine literary treasure from Latin America's recent past, which—though originally published in 1973 in Spain and elsewhere- -is just now available in a gracefully translated US edition, with a laudatory preface by Octavio Paz. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 30, 1993

"Post-glasnost history of real substance."
Hard-digging study of how US foreign policy was reshaped by Truman and his cabinet members by means of disinformation. Read full book review >
WARRIORS IN EDEN by Mariano Gagnon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A moderately gripping story of a modern-day hero, despite the warts. (Photos)"
A Franciscan missionary battles drug-runners and Shining Path terrorists on behalf of Peruvian Indians: a story competently told with the help of the Hoffers, specialists in coauthoring tales of Third World trauma (Midnight Express, Not Without My Daughter). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"A curious combination of scholarship, exactness, and disorganization: a difficult but rewarding read for those not students of the period."
An exhaustive, fascinating examination of the controversial role played by Heidegger in the early years of the Nazi regime. Read full book review >
POINT MAN by James Watson
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 25, 1993

"The text, which has about as much subtlety and sensitivity as a swift kick to the groin, includes 12 b&w photos—not seen."
A veteran's salty recollections of what it meant to be a member of the Navy SEALs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >