Indie Book Reviews (page 625)

THE EMULATOR by Aidan Darnell Hailes
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"An engaging short-fiction concept which regrettably produces unengaging results."
A collection of 12 works of prose and poetry that aims to create new art through emulation. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"A clearly written, extensively researched book and an important contribution to World War II history."
A thorough history of East Prussia during and after World War II. Read full book review >

The Versatile Husband by Peter Benn
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"Frank, honest and understanding."
A straightforward, practical guide for men in heterosexual relationships who'd like to explore sex with other men. Read full book review >
Child Sex Slave: A Memoir by Monluedee Luecha
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"The lurid title belies the elegant poetry, honest humanity and complex culture exposed within."
Luecha's memoir of astonishing brutality and miraculous salvation details her trials of being treated like chattel in 1960s Thailand. Read full book review >
Unburying Hope by Mary Wallace
Released: Jan. 16, 2013

"A bittersweet tale that highlights the sacrifices people make for love, and at what cost."
The moving story of a woman holding on to romance while trying to save her troubled lover. Read full book review >

Teller's Tale: The Journals of Esoph by Angelo Verdelli
Released: Jan. 16, 2013

"An exciting, highly readable fantasy adventure that explores life's deep questions."
This pairing of the first two books in Verdelli's planned six-part YA fantasy saga tells of gods, kings and kids from South Portland. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2013

"A suspect, although thought-provoking, alternative to Western-style wellness treatments that may contain the kernels of good advice."
A modern-day proponent of ancient Taoism provides a regimen that aims to dramatically extend one's life span. Read full book review >
The Lordlings of Worship and Their Catastrophic Mindrides by Cameron Leigh
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A promising, if extraordinarily detailed, novel from a promising new talent."
Leigh's 590-page debut thriller, the first of a planned trilogy, may remind some readers of The Da Vinci Code—except that Dan Brown's book was not nearly so ambitious. Read full book review >
A STROKE OF BAD LUCK by Sebastiaan Bakker
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"This true survivor's moving story doubles as a valuable guide to recovering from the destructive consequences of brain stroke."
In this self-help autobiography, retired Dutch engineer Bakker reveals what it's like to recover from a debilitating stroke. Read full book review >
Coldwater by Diana Gould
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Celebrity, addiction, money and deception collide in this exciting debut mystery."
Derailed by addiction, a writer gets the chance to redeem herself in this suspenseful Hollywood thriller. Read full book review >
Holding On by Patricia Princeton
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"Victims of trauma are likely to gain strength from Princeton's brave account."
A harrowing memoir of abduction and sexual assault—and the eventual peace of spirituality. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"White-knuckle medical adventures paired with revealing, expert insights."
In this engrossing memoir, a thoughtful physician battles baffling ailments—including a strange new malady called AIDS. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >