Religion Book Reviews (page 178)

ISAAC HECKER by David J. O'Brien
RELIGION
Released: July 22, 1992

"A fascinating account of an exceptional man. (Twenty-five photographs—not seen.)"
An intriguing biography of the founder of the Paulist order, unfolding a rich chronicle of the intellectual and religious controversies of 19th-century America. Read full book review >
THE END OF DAYS by Helen Sendyk
HISTORY
Released: June 19, 1992

"Vastly worthwhile and affecting."
Sendyk is the last member of a Jewish family of 12 from Chrzanow, Poland, only three of whom survived the Holocaust. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1992

Art critic Weber (The Drawings of Josef Albers, etc.—not reviewed) offers vivid, laudatory portraits of five individuals who helped revolutionize American artistic sensibilities in the 1920's and 30's. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1992

"An absorbing if far-fetched story of spiritual adventure, likely to interest the same Castaneda-oriented readership as Taisha Abelar's The Sorcerers' Crossing (reviewed above)."
Psychologist Villoldo and playwright Jendresen (The Four Winds, 1990) reteam to describe Villoldo's latest shamanistic adventure in Peru. Read full book review >
THE SORCERERS' CROSSING by Taisha Abelar
RELIGION
Released: June 1, 1992

"But who knows?"
An intriguing if incredible-sounding account of anthropologist Abelar's training by the same mysterious family of sorcerers that allegedly spawned Carlos Castaneda. Read full book review >

GREAT SWAN by Lex Hixon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 1992

A remarkable portrait of a most remarkable spiritual teacher. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1992

Enthusiastic biography of wildly successful evangelist Sunday (1863-1935), by Bruns (The Damndest Radical, 1986; Knights of the Road, 1980). Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN AMERICA by Howard M. Sachar
HISTORY
Released: May 2, 1992

With this comprehensive, insightful, and spirited opus, Sachar (Modern History/George Washington Univ.; A History of Israel, 1976 and 1977, etc.) rises to the position of preeminent Jewish historian of our day. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: May 1, 1992

"Remarkable ideas remarkably set forth."
Bloom wanders a bit, away from Yale into "the Evening Land" of America and its churches—and reconstructs a remarkable diagram of the religious imagination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pretty slim pickings: a few nice bits sunk in a sea of platitudes."
More of Merton's spirituality for the modern age, here in the form of talks given to nuns on retreat at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 27, 1992

"A decent source book, then, but a total failure as an argument."
Biblical historiography, with an edge, by an Oxford don whose sword is too unwieldy for his prey. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 27, 1992

"Reading this memoir is a bit like that—you come out shivering but cleansed. (Thirty-four photographs.)"
Salsitz was born in 1920 in the Polish town of Kolbuszowa, population 4000, half Jewish, half Polish. 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 >