Book Reviews



 Book Reviews (50) by Francis X. Archibald

Published in
The State, Columbia, SC
December 1985 to September 1991

and September 1996 to April 1997

Publication Date in Parenthesis

(Also one written but un-published.)

  Gardner, John. The Secret Generations. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 383 pages, 1985. A fictionalized account of the British Secret Service. (Nov. 17, 1985)

  Bar-Zohar, Michael. Arrows of the Almighty. Macmillan, 224 pages. 1985. A real-life story of espionage in Palestine during World War II. (Nov. 17 1985)

  DeAndrea, William L. Snark. The Mysterious Press, 275 pages. 1985. Espionage fiction. (Nov. 17, 1985)

  Buckley, Jr., William F. Right Reason. Doubleday, 454 pages. 1985. A collection of articles, columns, speeches and essays from possibly the most prolific conservative author of the times. (Dec. 8, 1985)

  Norton, Hugh S. The Quest for Economic Stability: Roosevelt to Reagan. University of South Carolina Press, 329 pages. 1986.  A study of the economic convolutions America has undergone in the last 50 years. (Dec. 15, 1985)

Prendergast, Curtis. The World of Time, Inc. Atheneum, 590 pages. 1986. Volume three in the history of one of the world's greatest publishing enterprises. (Feb. 2, 1986)

 Wriston, Walter B. Risk & Other Four Letter Words. Harper & Row, 243 pages. 1986. A collection of essays and speeches delivered "often at the height of some public controversy" by one of the giants of Wall Street. (Mar. 23, 1986)

Truman, Margaret. Bess Truman. Macmillan, 445 pages, 1986. A biography of a sensitive woman who advised and counseled her husband through decades of tumultuous political life. (May 4, 1986)

 Beschloss, Michael R. Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev and the U-2 Affair. Harper & Row, 544 pages. 1986. A valuable insight to the Eisenhower White House and a major incident between superpowers which contributed to continuing world turmoil. (May 11, 1986)

 Netanyahu, Benjamin. Terrorism: How the West Can Win.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 254 pages, 1986. A collection of addresses, essays and lectures on a "coherent and united international response" to terrorism. (May 25, 1986)

 Kahin, George McT. Intervention: How America Became Involved in Vietnam. Alfred A. Knopf, 550 pages. 1986. The political dimension of America's policy in Vietnam from pre-World War II to the Johnson years. (June 22, 1986)

 Benchley, Peter. "Q" Clearance. Random House, 340 pages. 1986. A fictionalized account of working and living in the White House during President Lyndon Johnson's era. (July 6, 1986)

 Clancy, Tom. Red Storm Rising. Putnam's, 652 pages. 1986. A pseudo-real life military-political superpower confrontation. (Aug. 10, 1986)                               

 Kneece, Jack. Family Treason: The Walker Spy Case. Stein and Day, 240 pages. 1986. A factual representation of betrayal of America with scenes and events in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. (Dec. 7, 1986)

 Szulc, Ted. Fidel: A Critical Portrait. William Morrow & Co., 703 pages. 1986. One of the few worthwhile critical reviews of Castro available in English which also details American business and political attitudes toward the Caribbean. (Dec. 14, 1986)

 Duarte, Jose Napoleon. Duarte: My Story. G.P. Putnam's, 284 pages. 1986. President Duarte's turbulent and hazardous political life through his election to the Presidency of El Salvador, and his views of American policy. (Dec. 14, 1986)

 West, Nigel and   Pujol, Juan.  Operation Garbo. Random House, 205 pages. 1986. A tale of World War II by one who participated in what Churchill called "a bodyguard of lies." (Dec. 28, 1986)

 Kramish, Arnold. The Griffin. Houghton Mifflin, 294 pages.  1986. Could Germany make the atom bomb and why the Allies succeeded first. (Dec. 28, 1986)

 McElvaine, Robert S. The End of the Conservative Era: Liberalism After Reagan. Arbor House, 338 pages. 1987. Author projects that mixed signs could signal a return to liberalism. (Aug. 3, 1987)

 Fairbank, John King. China Watch. Harvard University Press, 219 pages. 1987. The views of an Old China Hand on events since Nixon's reopening of relations with China, with flashbacks to earlier relations. (Sept. 6, 1987)

 Ignatius, David. Agents of Innocence. W.W. Norton, 444 pages, 1987.  Spy novel which is probably based on a real-life CIA officer Robert Ames who was killed in the Mid-East. (Oct. 11, 1987)

 Semkyonov, Julian. Tass is Authorized to Announce. Riverrun Press, 353 pages, 1987. KGB-CIA spy novel set in Mid-East written by a Soviet author. (Oct. 11, 1987)

 Urofsky, Melvin. The Douglas Letters. Adler & Adler, 448 pages, 1987. Selections from the private papers of the man who served longer than any other Justice of the Supreme Court. (Nov. 15, 1987)

 Miller, Merle. Ike The Soldier. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 859 pages, 1987. An excellent portrait of Dwight D. Eisehnower as a man and a soldier. (Dec. 20, 1987)

 Buckley, Jr., William F. Mongoose R.I.P. Random House, 322 pages, 1988. Historical events to do away with Fidel Castro are turned into a docudrama. (Jan. 24, 1988)

Breslin, Jimmy. He Got Hungry and Forgot His Manners. Ticknor & Fields, 275 pages, 1988. A humorous look at New York City welfare battles. (Feb. 14, 1988)

 Ludlum, Robert. The Icarus Agenda. Random House, 677 pages, 1988. Events in the Mid-East serve as a backdrop for another spy-chiller. (Mar. 13, 1988)

(Unpublished).   Roosevelt, Archie. For Lust of Knowing: Memoirs of an Intelligence Officer. Little, Brown & Co., 500 pages, 1988. The boring tale of a former CIA station chief in the Mid-East. (Spring, 1988)

 Herzstein, Robert Edwin. Waldheim: The Missing Years. Arbor House/William Morrow, 303 pages, 1988. A look into Kurt Waldheim's service to the Third Reich. (May 1, 1988)

 Higgins, George V. Wonderful Years, Wonderful Years. Henry Holt, 261 pages, 1988. A crime novel that is well-written and full of humor. (Dec. 4, 1988)

 Belin, David W. Final Disclosure: The Full Truth About the Assassination of President Kennedy. Charles Scribner's, 249 pages, 1988. A rehash of the Kennedy assassination by a Warren Commission staffer who was later executive director of the Rockefeller Commission on the CIA. (Dec. 25, 1988)

 Deighton, Len. Spy Hook. Alfred A.Knopf, 292 pages, 1989. The first book of Deighton's 1989-1990 spy trilogy. (Feb. 12, 1989)

 Maurer, Harry. Strange Ground: Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975, An Oral History. Henry Holt & Company, 634 pages, 1989. Interviews with men and women who contributed to the Vietnam experience. (Feb. 19, 1989)

 Rooney, Andrew A. Not That You Asked. Random House, 270 pages, 1989. America's favorite old codger vents his spleen. (Apr. 16, 1989)

 Knightley, Phillip. The Master Spy. Alfred A. Knopf, 292 pages, 1989. Another insight into Kim Philby, "the (British) spy who betrayed a generation." (Apr. 30, 1989)

 Kessler, Ronald. Moscow Station: How the KGB Penetrated the American Embassy. Scribner's, 305 pages, 1989. Security breaches at the AmEmb in Moscow and US reaction. (May 21, 1989)

 O'Reilly, Kenneth. Racial Matters: The FBI's Secret File on Black America 1960-1972. The Free Press, 456 pages, 1989. The FBI under Hoover set out to "expose, disrupt or otherwise neutralize" leaders of the Black movement in America. (Aug. 13, 1989)

 Taylor, Paul. See How They Run. Alfred A. Knopf, 305 pages, 1990. A look at the 1988 Presidential campaign, by a writer of The Washington Post. (Oct. 28, 1990)

 Simon, Roger. Road Show. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 356 pages, 1990. A look at the 1988 Presidential campaign, by a writer of The Baltimore Sun. (Oct. 28, 1990)

 Persico, Joseph E. Casey - The Lives and Secrets of William J. Casey: From the OSS to the CIA. Viking, 601 pages, 1990. A favorable biography of the CIA boss during the Reagan years and the Iran-Contra affair. (Nov. 11, 1990)

 Grant, Zalin. Facing the Phoenix. W.W. Norton, 395 pages, 1990.- The controversial program enacted in South Vietnam to win over or kill Viet Cong guerrillas. (Jan. 20, 1991)

 Wicker, Tom. One of Us: Richard Nixon and the American Dream. Random House, 731 pages. 1991. A summary of political evolution of Nixon. (May 3, 1991)

O’Reilly, Victor. Games of the Hangman. Grove Weidenfeld, 516 pages, 1991. Novel about terrorism, mid-East and others. (Sept. 29, 1991)

Toobin, Jeffrey. The Run of His Life. Random House, 466 pages, 1996. A critique of the O.J. Simpson trial by a non-participant. (Sept. 29, 1996)

Theroux, Paul. My Other Life. Houghton Mifflin, 456 pages, 1996. Author explores his so-called other life in latest fiction book. (Oct. 13, 1996)

leCarré, John. The Tailor of Panama. Alfred Knopf, 336, 1996. A satirical look at the world of British espionage. (Nov. 10, 1996)

Follett, Ken. The Third Twin. Crown, 422 pages, 1996. A snap, crackle and pop crime story set in one hectic week in Baltimore and Washinton. (Dec. 1, 1996)

Stender, William. Master Switch. Peachtree, 440 pages, 1997. South Carolina native uses Gulf War to plot tale of war. (Feb. 9, 1997)

Silva, Daniel. The Unlikely Spy. Villard, 481 pages, 1997. World War II intrigue in Churchill’s “bodyguard of lies.” (March 2, 1997)

Kennedy, Douglas. The Big Picture. Hyperion, 374 pages, 1997. A man cuckolded takes his revenge and prospers. (Apr. 6, 1997)

Chinnoy, Mike. China Live: Two Decades In The Heart of the Dragon. Turner, 397 pages, 1997. A TV reporter grows up and reports on hectic days of turmoil in China. (Apr. 27, 1997)



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