Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 622)

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Not a critical study—the merits of Olmsted's causes are taken as given—but an engrossing introduction to an interesting woman living in interesting times. (Twenty-nine illustrations—not seen.)"
From Bacon, veteran historian of feminism and the Quakers (The Quiet Rebels, 1985, etc.): a history of suffragist and peace- activist Mildred Scott Olmsted (1890-1990) that's as much mirror to a turbulent age as an account of a remarkable woman. Read full book review >
THE JUDAS FACTOR by Karl Evanzz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Vastly convincing, ending in a bloodbath of assassinations. (First printing of 40,000)"
Timely look at the death of Malcolm X—in a book set for publication three days after Spike Lee's film Malcolm X opens. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"At best, a sophisticated analysis of a very real crisis, and an earnest plea for America to face some home truths; at worst, an experience akin to suffering from the blur of a 350-page Op-Ed piece."
A heartfelt and perceptive analysis of what Guinness (Visiting Fellow/The Brookings Institute; The Gravedigger File, 1983, etc.- -not reviewed) sees as the cultural crisis facing America today. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 25, 1992

"Though strongest in its earlier chapters, when Jackson's raw material is at its most dramatic, this wonderful self-portrait of emotional life in the mother zone provides solace and surprises from start to finish."
An account of becoming and being a mother that reads like a novel and is as intimate as a poem. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 20, 1992

"But Reingold admires where Crichton bashes; as such, essential for all Japan-watchers. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
The former Tokyo Bureau chief of Time magazine, now a senior correspondent, on ``one of the most complex tales of modern twentieth-century history'': the astonishing rise and contradictory nature of postwar Japan. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 1992

"Admirable passion, then, but screwy logic."
Scathing attack on American Jews by the former editor-in-chief of Globes, Israel's leading business newspaper. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Given the current massive flux of US ethnic makeup, then: a timely work."
Thoughtful examination of ``ethnoracial'' influences on US foreign policy from colonial times onward; by DeConde (History/UC Santa Barbara; Town and Gown—ed., 1971, etc.). Read full book review >
BONES by Douglas Ubelaker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"The general reader in search of true-crime forensic suspense, though, will be better off with Christopher Joyce & Eric Stover's livelier Witnesses from the Grave (1990). (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Bullet, stab, and hatchet wounds abound in this super-serious memoir/essay about police science—but Ubelaker (Curator of Anthropology/Smithsonian Institution) and Scammell (Mortal Remains, 1991) avoid sensationalism in discussing their gruesome subject, and give a close, often technical look at how skeletal remains aid in solving mysteries. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"An overdose of unabashed sensationalism, then, that will ultimately turn off all but the most avidly celebrity-hungry ambulance-chasers. (Photos—24 pp.—not seen.)"
A century's worth of crimes, sex scandals, and other foibles of the idle rich, rewarmed by two New York Post reporters who covered the William Kennedy Smith rape trial. Read full book review >
GAY IDEAS by Richard D. Mohr
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 12, 1992

An insightful and iconoclastic series of essays on gay issues, by Mohr (Philosophy/Univ. of Illinois at Urbana; Gays/Justice, 1990, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"Let Us Now Praise Famous Men for the gay community: a substantial, lucid, and lyrical work of journalistic sociology."
A stereotype-shattering work by journalist and gay activist Rist (Christopher Street, The Nation, The Village Voice, etc.). Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN WAY OF BIRTH by Jessica Mitford
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 6, 1992

"Indispensable for prospective parents who may discover that they can just say no to doctor-dictated birth practices and can prescribe their own terms for having a baby."
From the author who 29 years ago roasted the funeral industry in The American Way of Death: a witty, pungent, comprehensive look at the frequently unfortunate practices that guide how American babies are born. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >