More inspiration than documentation but definitively global in scope, a happy contrast to so many Eurocentric “world”...

RAD WOMEN WORLDWIDE

ARTISTS AND ATHLETES, PIRATES AND PUNKS, AND OTHER REVOLUTIONARIES WHO SHAPED HISTORY

An international array of badass women through the ages and up to the present.

Though Schatz reaches back to Enheduanna, the first named author in history, and Pharaoh Hatshepsut, most of the nearly 300 women she names have shown their courage and convictions within the past century or so. Most are just names (with country of origin), but she selects around 60 for admiring profiles. Some are such familiar figures as Frida Kahlo and Malala Yousafzai, but many more are likely to be new to most, and not just younger, readers, such as Colombian street artist Bastardilla, British punk trailblazer Poly Styrene, and Dame Katerina Te Heikoko Mataira, a leader in the modern revival of Maori language and culture. The author also pays tribute to groups, such as the first 14 Madres de la Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, the six women charged with inventing ENIAC’s initial programming, and, poetically, the millions of stateless refugees. Arranged in a rough geographical order, the profiles open with tagline quotes, plus black-and-white-paper portraits based on photos or historical images, and run to one or two double-columned pages in length. Though an afterword lays claim to much research and personal contact, there are no specific sources cited. Still, it’s clear enough that these women lead or led “awesome, exciting, revolutionary, historic, and world-changing lives.”

More inspiration than documentation but definitively global in scope, a happy contrast to so many Eurocentric “world” surveys. (Collective biography. 11-15)

Pub Date: Sept. 27, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-399-57886-1

Page Count: 112

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Review Posted Online: June 22, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2016

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THE HILL OF DEVI

A collection of letters, recording Forster's remembrances of India and written during his visits in 1912-13 and again in 1921 when he served briefly as secretary to the Maharajah of Dewas. Not only do these enchanting letters tell of the social and religious life, the Maharajah's marital and family problems, his political intrigues, but they tell a great deal about Forster himself. For those who remember his famous book, A Passage to India, they throw light on much that the book revealed. The quality of the letters, written to friends and family, is such that they seem to have been written for the reader. Before their close, one feels that a close personal friend has shared his impressions of India through a delightful correspondence. In any list, this book will stand high for literary favor.

Pub Date: June 15, 1953

ISBN: 0156402653

Page Count: -

Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich

Review Posted Online: Sept. 23, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1953

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The author’s wide-ranging knowledge and generous insights (gained through interviews with many of Parcells’s associates)...

PARCELLS

A BIOGRAPHY

An often-perceptive, warts-and-all account by veteran sportswriter Gutman (My Father, the Coach, 1976, etc.) of one of football’s most interesting, successful, and mercurial coaches.

If the National Football League’s coaching community has a patron saint of lost causes, it has to be Parcells. Famed for turning around moribund franchises—he’s taken two perennial losers (the New York Giants and the New England Patriots) to the Super Bowl, and coached a third (the New York Jets) from a 1–15 record to the league’s penultimate game—Parcells’s great leadership ability comes wrapped in a peculiar package. A born-and-bred “Jersey guy,” Parcells can be at any given moment folksy or imperious, warm-hearted or sharp-tongued. Known as much for building winners as he is for leaving them in dramatic fashion—he ditched the Giants after winning his second Super Bowl in 1991; he broke with the Patriots after their trip to the championship game, an event that required league intervention to settle; and he left the Jets with a year remaining on his contract—Parcells is also famously loyal to the cadre of colleagues that have been part of his coaching staff for nearly two decades. (Two of them, Ray Handley and Al Groh, succeeded Parcells at the Giants and Jets; while a third, Bill Belichick, was designated Parcells’s successor at the Jets until he orchestrated his own rancorous departure to the Patriots.) Taking readers through Parcells’s peripatetic coaching journey (which included stops at Wichita State, Army, Texas Tech, Air Force, and three NFL teams), Gutman sheds light on his subject’s offbeat brand of genius.

The author’s wide-ranging knowledge and generous insights (gained through interviews with many of Parcells’s associates) make this solid off-season reading for Parcells fans and detractors alike.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2000

ISBN: 0-7867-0731-3

Page Count: 320

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 2000

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