Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"Inclusive and modern theology that will give both Jewish and Christian readers a reason to celebrate sexual diversity."
A progressive look at homosexuality in religion told from a Jewish perspective. Read full book review >
HOLY GHOST GIRL by Donna Johnson
Released: Oct. 13, 2011

"A trustworthy narrator, Johnson is consistently funny, poetic and remarkably devoid of bitterness."
Growing up on the revivalist sawdust trail in the 1960s. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Well-written, disturbing tale of faith and evil."
Haunting account of the Peoples Temple, focusing on Jim Jones' many victims. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Ballen admits that they cannot reveal the motivation of all Islamic radicals, but few readers will deny that they illuminate the frustrations of young Islamic men living in repressive societies, alternatively fascinated and horrified by America."
Those who still believe terrorists are mindless fanatics will find little evidence in these revealing, often touching interviews with six young Islamic men. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A phenomenal blend of science and cultural history."
Hubble Fellow Adam Frank (Astrophysics/Univ. of Rochester) delves into the complex relationship between time and culture and concludes that culture and cosmology—even the Big Bang—are linked inextricably together. Read full book review >

THE UNRAVELING by John R. Schmidt
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"A deeply thoughtful study geared for the lay reader."
A rare lucid take on the turmoil in Pakistan by a former State Department official. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Johnson's portrayal of her time as a nun is likely to be controversial; her memoir is exceptional."
Beautifully crafted memoir of one woman's experience in Mother Teresa's order, the Missionaries of Charity. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A useful addition to a continuing lively discussion of Christianity and Islam, situated both in respect of religions and culture, as well as empires and trade."
Historian and Economist contributor Cliff (The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama and Death in Nineteenth Century America, 2007) presents Portugal's outreach to India as a deployment by a fundamentalist Christian monarchy against Islam. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A groovy blend of meditative and instructive writing."
Journey the road to self-fulfillment through the eyes of a true believer. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 2011

"A helpful reference for those familiar with the topic; a compelling but confusing jumping-off point for those who wish to know more."
An English-language collection of the sayings and lessons of an important Muslim teacher. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2011

"Recommended for those interested in the intersection of faith and politics."
A critique of the claim that American evangelicals are "conservative." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

"Well-written, often poignant and surprisingly relatable."
Memoir of a literature professor who converted to Christianity in the halls of Oxford University. 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 >