The Love of Good Women, Isabel Miller (Naiad) "compares almost exactly to 'Lady Chatterley's Lover' as a speculative examination of how sex and economics clash . . . . An unsettling, wildly political book" (Carolyn See).
The Great Chinese Revolution: 1800 to the Present, John King Fairbank (Harper & Row). "A prodigious synthesis of political, military, economic, and social (not so much cultural) history, crammed with insights and peppered with wry wit" (Perry Link).
My Father, My Son, Adm. Elmo Zumwalt Jr. and Lt. Elmo Zumwalt III with John Pekkanen (Macmillan); Agent Orange on Trial, Peter H. Schuck (Belknap/Harvard University). The former is an "affecting" dual biography of a father and son whose lives became entwined, and eventually consumed, by the after-effects of Agent Orange; Peter Schuck's book is "an engrossing tale of naive, angry veterans, their crusading, often self-serving lawyers, well-heeled chemical companies, and both ineffective and brilliant judges" (Martin M. Goldstein).
Diary of a Yuppie, Louis Auchincloss (Houghton Mifflin); Louis Auchincloss, Christopher C. Dahl (Ungar). The first, about a ruthless, rising 32-year-old lawyer, should reward the true Jamesian with "a genuine frisson of revelation"; Dahl's study of Auchincloss provides "an excellent introduction" to Auchincloss' work (John Espey).