History Book Reviews (page 944)

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from Alice Walker, Audrey Lorde, Rita Dove, Jamaica Kincaid, and others, as well as selections from lesser-known, unpublished writers.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 >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Copious footnotes and appendices pad the sometimes uneven text, but Vernon's research adds a valuable chapter to the story of African-American contributions."
An affectionate tribute to the resilience and innovativeness of the African-Americans of a small farming community in South Carolina's pine belt. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The text has over 20 helpful maps. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for March; Main Selection of the History Book Club)"
At once accessible, concise, and comprehensive: a masterful overview of WW II. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"It deserves to sell and sell and sell. (Eleven photographs—not seen)"
The media called them Good Samaritans, those brave souls who rescued drivers trapped at the Florence and Normandie intersection- -ground zero of the '92 L.A. riots. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A model of moss-velvet nature writing, quite possibly a classic."
Thoreau-voiced memoir of a day off spent recharging the author's batteries by his lonesome in the Ozark woods. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >