History Book Reviews (page 944)

WHY THE CONFEDERACY LOST by Gabor S. Boritt
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1992

"A stimulating, authoritative, and persuasive contribution to Civil War historiography."
In this slender but sensibly argued group of essays edited by Boritt (Civil War Studies/Gettysburg College), five outstanding Civil War scholars offer their views of what led to Robert E. Lee's appointment with Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Not as much fun as might be hoped as Hancock digs through literary and bibical texts while convincing himself that the Ark exists. (Sixteen pp. of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
English journalist Hancock retells the circumstances and thoughts that led to his discovery that the Lost Ark of the Covenant really exists. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Haunting vignettes of civil strife's barbarities—and fatal attractions."
A journalist's unsentimental and impressionistic reminiscences of his experiences as a free-lance correspondent in embattled Afghanistan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"An agenda-driven play-by-play that's told too far from the heat of the field."
Weighted report on the 1990 Democratic campaigns of Ann Richards, who won the statehouse in Texas, and Dianne Feinstein, who lost it in California; by the author of Fanny Wright: Rebel in America (not reviewed). Read full book review >
DE GAULLE by Jean Lacouture
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A leisurely biography that stints on explaining how de Gaulle worked his imperious will, but scores in detailing his evolution as a symbol of national unity and as a geopolitical realist. (Photographs.)"
Lacouture follows up his De Gaulle: The Rebel, 1890-1944 (1990) with another admiring volume, tracing how the triumphant leader of the Free French consolidated his position as the colossus bestriding his country's political institutions. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Every quote from Tocqueville makes you wish that he were still here to speak for himself."
Here, Derber (Sociology/Boston College; coauthor, Power in the Highest Degree, 1990) blames America's ethical, social, and economic collapse on ``wilding''—the same term used for the brutal 1989 attack by a gang of youths on a Central Park jogger. ``Wilding'' is an epidemic, Derber argues, ``seeping into America mainly from the top.'' Why use the term ``wilding''? ``Wilding includes a vast spectrum of self-centered and self- aggrandizing behavior that harms others.'' Its cause? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Despite a paucity of personal detail, the absorbing text (ten years in preparation) will likely be the definitive life story for decades to come."
In a 1962 spoof for Esquire, Richard Rovere quoted John Kenneth Galbraith as deeming John J. McCloy ``chairman of the US Establishment''—but McCloy has never been the subject of a full- dress biography. Read full book review >
KHRUSHCHEV by Fedor Burlatsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Burlatsky's candor—modified only by a short and unrevealing chapter about Gorbachev—makes this one of the most fascinating works ever about the inner workings of the Soviet system."
An almost unprecedented look into life at the top of the former USSR, by a former speechwriter and adviser to Khrushchev, Andropov, Brezhnev, Kosygin, and Gorbachev. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Vivid reportage, thoughtful analysis, and comprehensive research: a seminal work not only on the war itself but on the conflicts that threaten post-cold-war, post-apartheid Africa."
A sobering look at one of Africa's most devastating civil wars, by Finnegan (Dateline Soweto, 1988; Crossing the Line, 1986)- -a war whose murky beginnings and stubborn resistance to resolution reflect old ideological conflicts as well as a clash between the modern and the traditional. Read full book review >
ONE NATION UNDER THE GUN by Rick Hornung
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Remarkable for letting the parties involved speak for themselves, though long on daily events and short on analysis; still, this is a good reporter's view from the scene of another sorry chapter in Native American history."
A blow-by-blow account by veteran Village Voice writer Hornung of the recent upheaval on Mohawk lands in New York and Canada, which culminated in the 1990 takeover by Mohawks of a major bridge into Montreal. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A partisan but restrained account; we are unlikely to see a better one."
A journalist's excellent history of the Nicaraguan civil war. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1992

"Essential reading for all those who care about South Africa and its neighbors."
In a lively and carefully reasoned analysis, Mallaby, the Economist's Africa correspondent, offers a cautiously optimistic prognosis for postapartheid South Africa. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >