Religion Book Reviews (page 11)

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A monumental, sobering attempt to make sense of collective insanity."
Within the extended scope of European history, coauthors of the acclaimed Auschwitz (2000) deliver a rigorously documented positioning of the persecution and murder of Jews prior to and during WWII. Read full book review >
WHY I AM A CATHOLIC by Garry Wills
RELIGION
Released: July 16, 2002

"Deserves—and will almost certainly find—a wide readership while garnering for Wills both praise as a principled oppositionist and condemnation as a heretic."
The prolific historian offers a timely confession of faith and an apology in the true sense of the term. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 2, 2002

"Contemporary Israeli poets and Arab intellectuals pine for the glories of al-Andalus, as did Federico García Lorca and Antonio Machado. So, too, does Menocal."
A resonant and timely case study of a time when followers of the three monotheisms set aside their differences and tried to get along. Read full book review >
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. by Marshall Frady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2002

"Excellent, as are almost all of the volumes in the Penguin Lives series, and a fitting homage to a man now much honored but little studied."
An exemplary, brief life of the African-American leader who effected epochal changes in his 39 years. Read full book review >
STILL ALIVE by Ruth Kluger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"A work of such nuance, intelligence, and force that it leaps the bounds of genre."
Stunning contemplation of human relationships, power, and the creation of history through the prism of one woman's Holocaust survival. Read full book review >

STUFFED by Patricia Volk
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"And would she ever make them proud in these pages. Emotionally luxurious and heart-gladdening. (22 photos)"
Novelist/essayist Volk (White Light, not reviewed) pens a stylishly written memoir that's really a series of portraits of the memorable characters who make up her extended family. Read full book review >
SORCERER’S APPRENTICE by Tahir Shah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A rich, exciting read for the armchair Indiana Jones who longs to learn the secrets of Houdini."
A Briton of Afghan descent reveals his quest for the secret of India's greatest conjurers—a journey that takes him through several subcontinental cities and provides a humorous anthropological study of the world of Indian con artists. Read full book review >
ALFRED E. SMITH by Christopher M. Finan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"Well written, thoroughly researched: likely to stand as the definitive portrait of Smith for years to come."
A rock-solid biography of the muckraking New York politician. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A splendid account, highly recommended to all readers interested in early American history, women's studies, or the history of religion."
An elegantly written life of the enigmatic and powerfully charismatic Shaker prophet. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 18, 2001

"A work of stunning scholarship and imagination whose appeal will be to determined readers rather than casual ones. (32 pages photographs, 16 color, not seen; 7 maps)"
A meticulous reconstruction of the final years of some persistent medieval Pyrenean heretics whose leaders—called "Perfects"—were eventually burned or otherwise dispersed by the equally relentless Inquisition. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2001

"Lucid, often surprisingly funny: a very welcome contribution to our understanding of this tragic nation."
An instructive memoir by an Afghan-American thrust into the news after September 11, 2001. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 20, 2001

"Literate and witty, full of memorable moments and keenly observed details: both wonderfully entertaining and highly instructive."
A superbly realized account of travels into Asia Incognita. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >