Religion Book Reviews (page 177)

Released: Sept. 4, 1992

"Good feelings galore, but next time, hold those maxims."
A Conservative rabbi (The Healer of Shattered Hearts, 1990) ponders the ways by which words link God and humans. Read full book review >
THE CREATIONISTS by Ronald L. Numbers
Released: Sept. 2, 1992

"Numbers's objectivity, eye for anecdote, and knack for deciphering the enigmas of science and pseudoscience make this the best history of creationism to date—a landmark work in the field. (Twenty-four b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A beautifully balanced and comprehensive history of ``scientific creationism.'' Although Numbers (History of Science and Medicine/Univ. of Wisconsin at Madison; Prophetess of Health, 1976) is a staunch evolutionist, he professes sympathy for creationists, a product of his Seventh-Day Adventist childhood. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"More personal information about Blank would have been welcome; even so, a delightfully offbeat travelogue."
Part travel-journal, part retelling of an Indian epic, part cultural and political analysis, this first book by a former editor of Tokyo's Asahi Evening News is both eclectic and ambitious. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Less the sound of one hand clapping than of hands, mind, and heart working together to lead a sanctified life—and, as such, a sound corrective to Western misunderstandings about Zen. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs.)"
A myth-shattering foray behind the walls of a Korean Zen Buddhist monastery. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Novel, to say the least—and despite the weird conclusions, a solid introduction to the subject. (Illustrations.)"
A theological Tootsie Roll pop from MacGregor (Philosophy/USC): a tasty study of beliefs about life after death, with a gooey mess at the center—the author's own decidedly unusual views on the matter. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A highly readable study that probes the unprecedented scarring and healing of some of this century's most remarkable victims."
The first book-length study to document and analyze the ordeals and successes of immigrant Holocaust survivors. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 19, 1992

"Twelve thousand Jewish soldiers fought and died for the Kaiser during WW I. A perfect bar mitzvah gift—and, one hopes, of interest to non-Jews too—Gay's book rescues a long and variegated history from the dark shadow of recent events."
The history of Jews in Germany begins with the third century A.D., when a settlement at Cologne was paying taxes to the Emperor Constantine. Read full book review >
SHAKKAI by Lynn V. Andrews
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

In a bizarre addition to her Sisters of the Shield series (The Woman of Wyrrd, 1990, etc.), Andrews recounts her ``spiritual'' adventures in a future life as a young Japanese woman, an acolyte of Shakkai, keeper of the sacred gardens—an image of nature, its healing power, and the inner female life. Read full book review >
VIRGIN TIME by Patricia Hampl
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Much like a High Mass: rich, beautiful, boring, elevating."
Hampl, a poet, professor (English/Univ. of Minnesota), and MacArthur Fellow, peers into her soul and finds the Church. Read full book review >
LAWS OF HEAVEN by Michael Gallagher
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A thumbtack on the chair seat for moral equivocators, whatever their faith."
The impassioned, sometimes holy, sometimes holier-than-thou world of Catholic political activists. Read full book review >
SATI by Sakuntala Narasimhan
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Clearheaded, informed, and persuasive, Narasimhan makes her points with a quiet yet powerful indignation. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
When 250,000 people gathered in 1987 in the Indian town of Deorala to watch an 18-year-old widow immolate herself on her husband's funeral pyre, achieving glory for herself and honor for her family, the Indian government passed yet one more law against the immolation ritual of sati. Read full book review >
Released: July 27, 1992

"Exciting and reliable, and thus a superb replacement for Edmund Wilson's pioneering but hysterical (and hopelessly out-of- date) 1955 bestseller, Scrolls from the Dead Sea."
Outstanding anthology, drawn in part from The Biblical Archaeological Review and The Bible Review, that serves as a complete primer to what biblical scholar Harry Thomas Frank has called ``the most sensational archaeological discovery of the century.'' Shanks, editor of The Biblical Archaeological Review, has a flair for drama, evident both in the many essays here about the intrigue that swirls around the scrolls—spies, conspiracy theories, and shadowy antique-dealers all play their part—and in his two final selections. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >