Religion Book Reviews (page 4)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 13, 2010

"Well-written and -documented, a supremely helpful guide in sorting out how we arrived at that odd state of affairs."
A lucid history of how California, land of fruits and nuts and be-here-nowness, became a bastion of fundamentalist reaction. The manuscript won the 2006 Allan Nevins Prize from the Society of American Historians. Read full book review >
THE BOY by Dan Porat
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"A remarkable work and an essential document in the vast library devoted to the Shoah."
A moving scholarly detective story that hinges on an iconic photograph from the Holocaust. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"Not to be confused with the 1997 Richard Vetere novel of the same name, Briggs's book provides an equally entertaining story, with the added benefit of being true."
Intriguing glimpse into the Vatican saint-making process. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Learned, lively and shrewd."
Lepore (American History/Harvard Univ.;New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, 2005, etc.) explores the nexus of the American Revolution, the understanding and telling of history and today's Tea Party. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Humble, challenging and inspiring."
With the assistance of science journalist Olson (Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past Through Our Genes, 2002, etc.), Bad Religion leader Graffin presents a memoir of a life lived "at the intersection of evolutionary biology and punk rock." Read full book review >

TWO CENTS PLAIN by Martin Lemelman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2010

"'Life is the biggest bargain. You get it for free,' reads one of the Yiddish sayings that introduce the chapters, in a book that is both a celebration and an affirmation of life."
Memory comes alive in this compelling amalgam of drawing, narrative and archival photography. Read full book review >
THE FLIGHT OF THE INTELLECTUALS by Paul Berman
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2010

"A stunning, riveting commentary."
In this sequel to the groundbreaking Terror and Liberalism (2003, etc.), political writer and New Republic contributing editor Berman analyzes the rise of the Islamist totalitarian movement and the Western media's troubling inability—or unwillingness—to identify and investigate its implications. Read full book review >
BONHOEFFER by Eric Metaxas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 20, 2010

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the 21st century."
A welcome new biography of one of the 20th century's leading lights. Read full book review >
THE CASE FOR GOD by Karen Armstrong
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 25, 2009

"Accessible, intriguing study of how we see God."
Fascinating journey through Western civilization's ongoing attempts to understand and explain the concept of God. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: July 9, 2009

"Genre-bending at its best."
In a lively blend of religious history, humor and quirky travel narrative, accomplished travel writer Farley (Writing/New York Univ.) chronicles his capricious journey to a tiny medieval Italian village in search of a controversial relic—the foreskin of Jesus Christ. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2009

"A work of towering research and conviction that will surely enliven academic debates for years to come."
Diner (American Jewish History/New York Univ.; The Jews of the United States, 1654 to 2000, 2004, etc.) hurls a passionate, well-delineated attack on the conventional view that postwar Jews and survivors wanted to forget the Holocaust rather than memorialize the tragedy. Read full book review >
INQUISITION by Toby Green
RELIGION
Released: March 17, 2009

"A persuasive proposal that two rich empires took a dark detour from Europe's Enlightenment and never completely recovered."
Images and insights distilled from a record of terrors inflicted over nearly four centuries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >