History Book Reviews (page 944)

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 >

FORTY DAYS by Bob Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 1992

"The involving testament of a man who's been to the brink and learned that the abyss does indeed stare back."
An affecting first-person account of the ordeal endured by one of the most celebrated casualties of the Persian Gulf War. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN AMERICA by Howard M. Sachar
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 1992

With this comprehensive, insightful, and spirited opus, Sachar (Modern History/George Washington Univ.; A History of Israel, 1976 and 1977, etc.) rises to the position of preeminent Jewish historian of our day. Read full book review >
CROSSING THE POSTMODERN DIVIDE by Albert Borgmann
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Not a light read—and never disingenuous."
Rather astoundingly large-minded vision of the nature of humanity, civilization, and science, by Borgmann (Philosophy/Univ. of Montana at Missoula). Read full book review >

PACIFIC RIFT by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

An inquiry into sociological divergences that, for all its apparent artlessness and deceptive brevity, goes a long way toward explaining precisely what strains the commercial ties that still bind the US and Japan. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Extraordinary in so many ways, Sartre's 1924-39 letters illuminate his evolving thought and his groundbreaking relationship with Beauvoir—perhaps at its finest in their exchange of written words."
Only three months after Simone de Beauvoir's Letters to Sartre appeared in English, we now have a fine translation of the other side of this rightfully legendary correspondence. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1992

"A first-rate history with appeal for general readers as well as specialists."
A masterful overview of how President Truman restructured the US military in the face of determined opposition from officer elites and of the grave problems attendant on the new cold war. Read full book review >
INSTINCT FOR SURVIVAL by II Hoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Able writing, but hobbled by uncertain focus. (Five illustrations.)"
Rambling essays on the author's character formation as he was reared in the South, and on the meaning of masculinity, inner life in the military, and his way of writing essays. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"He offers a rich and fascinating history, essential for any understanding of modern Africa's troubles—and a welcome contrast to the blame-the-Africans-for-their-problems books that have proliferated in the past decade."
For 40 years, Davidson (Can Africa Survive?, 1974, etc.) has fought to secure Africa's place in world history. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Persuasively argued and thoroughly documented, this is clearly no mere set of unfounded allegations."
A detailed investigation of the extent to which American universities, Harvard and Yale in particular, collaborated with government intelligence agencies in monitoring and suppressing political dissent in the early cold war period. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 1992

"Or as a warning of how long stretches of hard times can bring out the worst in people."
Peukert, who died in 1990 at age 39, also wrote Inside Nazi Germany: Conformity, Opposition and Racism in Everyday Life. 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 >