Religion Book Reviews (page 18)

RELIGION
Released: May 15, 2003

"Mix Harold Bloom with Stephen Jay Gould, and you'll get something like Kass. A wonderfully intelligent reading of Genesis—and surely worthy of sequels, a fat volume for each branch of the Pentateuch."
A learned and fluent, delightfully overstuffed stroll through the Gates of Eden. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2003

"An invaluable contribution to the history of an unspeakably brutal century."
Newcomer Ansky takes us on a harrowing tour of blood-soaked ground: the Russian-Polish borderlands during the worst years of WWI. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"A lively, always captivating blend of comparative religion, cultural history, literary travel, and eccentric trivia that deserves a broad readership among the spiritually inclined."
Western culture, scholars say, rests on the twin foundations of Hellenism and Judaism. In this brilliant historical essay, BBC producer and writer Kriwaczek makes a solid case for adding Zoroastrianism to the mix. Read full book review >
LOST IN AMERICA by Sherwin B. Nuland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2003

"Charring and eloquent."
A dark, distressful, and deeply felt memoir of life with father—and its aftershocks—by National Book Award-winner Nuland (How We Die, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
MICHELANGELO AND THE POPE’S CEILING by Ross King
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Readers looking for the lite version of this tale may still want to fire up the VCR and watch Charlton Heston chew the scenery. Those seeking a richer understanding of Renaissance art-making will find this a pleasure."
A legend-busting, richly detailed account of the four-year making of the Sistine Chapel frescos. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2002

"A skillful, persuasive blend of history and polemic, sure to incite controversy and to earn its author much attention."
Goldhagen's Hitler's Willing Executioners (1996) may have "unwittingly provoked a moral uproar," but there's nothing unwitting about this provocative work, an unblinking consideration of the role of Catholic doctrine in the machinery of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
GIRL MEETS GOD by Lauren F. Winner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2002

"Intriguing, absorbing, puzzling, surprisingly sexy, and very smart."
In her debut memoir, Christianity Today senior writer Winner recounts her two religious conversions, first to Orthodox Judaism, then to Evangelical Christianity. Read full book review >
MY FATHER’S PEOPLE by Louis D. Rubin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A family album so deftly and perfectly done—with not an instant of longueur—that not only do the people come alive, but so do their time and place as Rubin again proves himself one of the finest chroniclers of the American past."
Another intelligent and companionable book from Rubin (An Honorable Estate, 2001, etc.), a family story "to try to understand who my father's family were, and what they meant for and about me." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"A work that dazzles with its nuance as it winds up to sock you in the gut."
Los Angeles transplant Gordis chronicles his family's first few years of emigré life in Jerusalem through a mix of news headlines, essays, and e-mails sent to friends around the world. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >