Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 68)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Holt's acid portrait is for anyone who cherishes the truly wild West."
A nicely tart travelogue set in Big Sky country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A rural canvas of extremes—from hard-bitten bigots to the naïve, the sure of faith, and the latitudinarians—disentangled by the author with deft, probing strokes."
Talk about strangers in a strange land: Bloom's story of the heartland Lubavitcher meatpackers and the waves they caused to ripple across the rural Iowan landscape is an immediate, elegantly personal piece of reportage. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An extraordinarily helpful contribution toward understanding a region that, although far away, figures in so many headlines—and obituaries."
A tour de force of historical research and contemporary reportage on one of the world's most hotly contested corners. Read full book review >
CHERRY by Mary Karr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Energized by Karr's sharp wit, this tale of Texas adolescence reads like a fast-paced novel. More importantly, her clear-eyed recollection of what it's like to change from child into woman resonates with truth."
Fans of Karr's award-winning The Liars' Club (1995) will not be disappointed by this feisty, funny, and tender memoir of a drug-ridden coming of age in Leechfield, her Texas hometown. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 26, 2000

"An invaluable contemporary account of how millions of Europeans have taken divergent paths—of compromise or conflict—in reaction to a decade of unanticipated change."
Ash (The File: A Personal History, not reviewed) acts as informed, impassioned eyewitness to post-communist Europe in this collection of dazzling essays, most of which were originally published in the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Sept. 20, 2000

"An intelligent, wonderfully written account of life in millennial Asia that, despite its almost quaint goal of painting a portrait of a continent, works best when it simply tells the stories of people whom the authors have come to know."
An entertaining and occasionally thought-provoking tour of Asia as it prepares for the 21st century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Entertaining, fair-minded, and important reading for the end of an election year."
Historic insider's insights into presidential qualities. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A quiet treasure."
A vivid and affectionate memoir of the vanishing traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people living on Sapelo Island, off the coast of Georgia. Read full book review >
THIS CRAFT OF VERSE by Jorge Luis Borges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fascinating journey that weaves together the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature to cast old questions in a new light and supplement our understanding of a complex literary mind."
An elegant and deftly woven five-part lecture series that uses philosophic, etymological, and personal inquiry to offer an erudite and coherent exposition on the power and limitations of language with regard to the crafting of poetry. Read full book review >
LEFT BACK by Diane Ravitch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 29, 2000

"An incisive examination of failed utopian schemes in the classroom."
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Ravitch (The Troubled Crusade, 1983) recounts a dispiriting record of pitched debates and failed reform attempts in the American educational system over the last century. Read full book review >
AS SEEN ON TV by Lucy Grealy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2000

"Relaxed, honest, and illuminating, Grealy achieves her goal: if life is the answer, 'start finding the questions worthy of it.'"
A funny, imaginative, and intelligent collection of essays that incorporate memoir, cultural observation, philosophy, sex, death, disease, and drag queen fashion. Read full book review >
THE BURNING OF BRIDGET CLEARY by Angela Bourke
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Aug. 7, 2000

"Impressive scholarship applied to a fascinating episode."
A riveting account of a horrific murder in 19th-century Ireland that is also a scholarly analysis of culture, politics, religion, and mythology. 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 >