Incorporated, State of California, May, 17th, 1967

  1967 - 1993 25th Anniversary

1993 – In Review

BEST BOOKS of 1993




1. President Kennedy

by: Richard Reeves. We knew he was no saint. Now we have 800 carefully researched pages to tell us that J.F.K. was more Hollywood than Harvard, a gifted politician who relied on his personal charm rather than deep under- standing and conviction. He was often “careless and dangerously disorganized.” The image of vigor was also an illusion: hormone shots and amphetamines kept him pumping.

2. Lenin’s Tomb: The last days of the Soviet Empire

by: David Remnick. What do good journalists do when they find them selves in the middle of the story of a lifetime? If the reporter is David Remnick and the story is the fall of the U.S.S.R., you dig till you drop and type like hell. Remnick covered thousands of miles for hundreds of interviews to explain who did what to whom when the Kremlin came tumbling down. The result is history still hot from the crucible.

3. W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Race

by: David Levering Lewis. The first of a planned two parts, this volume tracks the controversial black intellectual—”The Old Man” to generations of black leaders —from his middle-class roots in Massachusetts to Paris for the 1918 Pan-African Congress. Lewis reveals the crusading editor and author of The Souls of Black Folk to be an aloof thinker struggling with contradictory ideas about racial inclusion and separatism.

4. Leni Riefenstahl: A Memoir

by: Leni Riefenstahl. At 91, the German dancer turned actress and film-maker has a lot to remember. Her Late Romantic style won raves from Hitler and invitations to his mountain lair. Her documentaries about the 1934 Nazi Party Congress and the 1936 Olympic Games glorified the New Order with innovative and striking techniques. Whether one thinks of her as indomitable or abominable, Riefenstahl is an energetic writer with a vivid memory of intimacies in an amoral time.

5. A History of Warfare

by: John Keegan. Casting a cold eye over 4,000 years of mortal combat convinces this British historian that making war is basically a bad habit. Alive with sudden, unexpected delights of knowledge, the book ranges across time and distance to brilliant effect. Unromantic but admiring, Keegan provides the grim details about the profession of arms with a stoic clarity that blurs all flags and levels all battlefields.



1. SmiIla’s Sense of Snow

by: Peter Hoeg. The exploitation of Greenland’s mineral resources by Denmark seems unlikely background for a detective thriller about the mysterious death of a six-year-old lnuit boy. Unlikely too is flue investigator, one Smilla Quaavigaaq Jasperson, a woman caught between the native Greenland culture of her hunter- tracker mother and the well-appointed world of her Danish father, a physician and scientist. Like Ross Mac-donald, Hoeg creates an unfamiliar but palpable world that steadily envelops the reader.

2. Operation Shylock

by: Philip Roth. The uncontested master of comic irony comes up with another ticklish situation: a writer named Philip Roth journeys to Israel to confront a Philip Roth imposter who is trying to persuade Jews to go back to Europe and re-establish Yiddish culture. Seriously funny about Middle East madness, Roth riffs with an abandon not seen since Portnoy’s Complaint.

3. Remembering Babylon

by: David Malouf A celebrated Australian novelist re-imagines his country’s pioneer past with a haunting tale of a white man raised by Aborigines. It is the mid- l9th century, and the struggling Queensland settlers are homesick for the British Isles and afraid of the natives. Malouf works the themes of culture clash and racial fears into a seamless lyric narrative.

4. The Shipping News

by: E Annie Proulx Winner of this year’s National Book Award, Proulx’s ram- bunctious second novel zeroes in a coastal New-foundland community coming apart economically and socially when the fishing and seal hunting industries fail. Proulx’s sharp ear for regional speech and barbed style can be both startling and humorous.

5. Te Pugilist at Rest

by: Thorn Jones. A collection of short stories about damaged men that poses important questions: Is courage a virtue, or is it simply testosterone poisoning? Is God just a neurochemical event, part of the tantalizing aura that precedes an epileptic fit? Jones is an ex-Marine and former amateur prize-fighter who puts a wallop in his prose.

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