History Book Reviews (page 944)

HISTORY
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"So it is, but in his modest, plodding way Chalfen sheds a pure and painful light on the education of a great 20th-century poet and the destroyed world that nurtured him."
Germany has made a Rumanian Jew the poet laureate of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"A refreshingly candid memoir told with pride but also an often disarming flippancy."
Bytes and bombs, bureaucrats and booze dominate Wiener's lively account of the six months he spent as the CNN executive producer in Saddam Hussein's Baghdad. Read full book review >

THE RADICALISM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION by Gordon S. Wood
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 1992

"A provocative, highly accomplished examination of how American society was reshaped in the cauldron of revolution."
Perhaps, as is often noted, the American Revolution was not as convulsive or transforming as its French and Russian counterparts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 1992

"In his diverting manner, Cwiklik strips away the mythology of American democracy to paint an amusing but disturbing picture of what really goes on atop Capitol Hill."
Bismarck once said that the public should never see how sausages or laws are made. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"A startling look, then, at a country quite different from, and hauntingly similar to, the US. (Forty photographs—not seen.)"
A desanitized view of Australia from a veteran Australian journalist, ranging from its founding as a penal colony in 1788 to the machinations of the ``Old Mates,'' the powerful ``dullards'' who threaten the nation's hard-won status as a working-class society of equals. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Remarkable mainly for its consistently graceless style, the text includes over 30 pages of photographs—not seen."
A truncated history of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which reads more like jottings from a house organ than a presumably objective journalist's reportage on a consequential outpost of laissez-faire capitalism. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 10, 1992

"Persuasive and provocative, and a fitting contribution to the commemoration of the Columbus legacy. (Eight b&w photos; three drawings.)"
A fresh and thorough review of the role of prophets and religion in Native American relations with Europeans and Americans during a critical period of contact. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 9, 1992

"Lacking the power and focus of Robinson's earlier work, this serves as little more than reference material for die-hard Crusade fans. (Maps.)"
The author of Born in Blood: The Lost Secrets of Freemasonry (1989)—which provocatively argued that the Freemasons are a descendant order of the medieval Knights Templar—now concentrates, in a highly detailed but far less captivating addendum, on the Knights' role in the Crusades. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 6, 1992

"As much an elegiac memory book of old Jewish Boston as a searing indictment against her killers."
A metaphor for America's urban tragedy as told in the dramatic story of old Jewish Boston's swift and cruel demise. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Splendid, stirring stuff."
Another of those strange fiction/nonfiction hybrids that only science fiction seems to generate. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"A definite briefing on one of modern history's landmark events. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An insider's tellingly detailed and chilling recap of the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF EVELYN WAUGH AND DIANA COOPER by Artemis Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Many charming moments, far apart. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Lifetime of letters largely from Waugh to Lady Diana, a famous beauty ten years his senior, whom he loved but never bedded. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >