History Book Reviews (page 944)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 6, 1994

"Riveting soldier's-eye views of the deadly confusion of battle, and a significant contribution to military and D-day literature."
Relying on correspondence, diaries, and interviews, Miller (The House of Getty, not reviewed) presents vivid first-person perspectives from British, German, and American combatants in the Allied invasion of Normandy. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 6, 1994

"Eloquent testimony for posterity, reminding us that military campaigns, however just, have awful costs."
While the 50th anniversary of D-day is being commemorated in many ways, few will be as affecting as the episodic journal of Marie Osmont, an aristocratic Frenchwoman who endured four comparatively pacific years of German occupation and three hellish months of liberation. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: June 6, 1994

"But his effort is worthy, and his conclusions contain much sense."
This broad-brush essay starts from the premise that ``there can be too much freedom in life, and that too much freedom has a serious moral, social, and emotional price.'' Schwartz (Psychology/Swarthmore) is concerned with the darker side of the seemingly limitless choices of middle-class American life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1994

Wit and wisdom for intelligent life forms who have gotten past kindergarten. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"These thoroughly researched and annotated reports add up to a one-volume study of Auschwitz without peer in Holocaust literature."
An immensely wide and deep collection of reports on the infrastructure, operation, population, and history of the Auschwitz death-camp complex. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"Historical writing that is remarkably accessible as well as incisive."
Another charge through the imperial past as Hopkirk deftly marshals facts, larger-than-life characters, and sweeping battles to demonstrate how close the Germans and their Turkish allies came to bringing down the mighty British Empire. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"An often tart, consistently incisive analysis of how the Allies, through trial, error, and anguish, achieved their winged victory."
A comprehensive survey of the worldwide conflict that defined the role of air power in modern warfare. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1994

"This poignant and provocative book goes beyond its historical setting to get to the heart of why people do or don't identify with ethnic, national, or religious groups."
A dramatic exploration of varying degrees of Jewish identity espoused, concealed, or denied by 15 Holocaust survivors during and after the war. Read full book review >
JUST DO IT by Donald Katz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1994

"An engrossing and illuminating appreciation of a distinctive corporate culture."
An agreeably fervid take on what makes Nike Inc. a consistent winner in the ultracompetitive sports-and-fitness trade. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"Certain to be controversial, Kilzer's is an absorbing and cogently argued original contribution to WW II literature."
An audacious rereading of the diplomatic history of WW II by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Minneapolis Star-Tribune investigative reporter. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1994

"A concise, passionately argued essay, sparked by Shlaim's dry wit and scathing sarcasm."
Shlaim (Collusion Across Jordan, 1988), a leading historian of the Israeli revisionist school, offers a brief but suggestive overview of the US role in the Middle East. Read full book review >
UNAMERICAN ACTIVITIES by Sally Belfrage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1994

"A spirited but myopic account of an adolescence that was both anomalous and all too American."
A roller coaster memory ride through the McCarthy era. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >