Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 10)

THE REMARKABLE EDUCATION OF JOHN QUINCY ADAMS by Phyllis Lee Levin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An intimate, richly detailed portrait of a powerful political figure."
The formative experiences that shaped a political mind. Read full book review >
THOMAS CROMWELL by Tracy Borman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A fine rags-to-riches-to-executioner's-block story of a major figure of the English Reformation."
A mildly revisionist biography of Thomas Cromwell (1485-1540). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An elucidating intellectual history of an influential strategic sage that few outsiders have ever heard of."
A well-organized biography of Andrew Marshall (b. 1921), the architect of the Defense Department's "net assessment" strategy since the early days of the Cold War. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A telling inside view of 20 years in international tiger conservation work, including the successes, failures and the work that is still required."
Conservation consultant Mills examines the failure of conservationists to stop the commodification and farming of endangered tigers. Read full book review >
A MAN OF GOOD HOPE by Jonny Steinberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"For truly capturing the power of dreams and the resilience of human nature, this book deserves a wide audience."
Steinberg (Little Liberia: An African Odyssey in New York City, 2011, etc.) weaves together the many personas of a man whose story is at once unique and an archetypal example of an all-too-large collective.Read full book review >

I THINK YOU'RE TOTALLY WRONG by David Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A stimulating intellectual interaction with lots of heart."
Two writers—one successful, the other still working on it—venture into the woods over the course of four days with one objective in mind: Argue so well that people will want to read about it. Read full book review >
FINDING ZERO by Amir D. Aczel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"If readers can avoid getting bogged down in the side trips through Eastern philosophy, the journey to zero is an adventure worth joining."
The author of the best-selling Fermat's Enigma (1996) and other popular books on mathematics and science takes readers through a history of zero and takes himself on a journey through the jungles of Cambodia to find its earliest use. Read full book review >
RUSSIAN TATTOO by Elena Gorokhova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Without the flair of Gary Shteyngart or the urgency of Anna Politkovskaya—of some interest but modestly so."
In her second memoir, St. Petersburg native Gorokhova (A Mountain of Crumbs, 2010) chronicles a decadeslong clash of cultures between Russia and America.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Compelling research within an overwrought presentation."
A romantic, rueful portrait of the Confederate general and the fatal decision that shut him out of history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"Beyond the political implications and entanglements, the story engrosses with its fast-paced, plainspoken narrative."
A nonfiction account of an unlikely American hero in revolutionary Cuba that succeeds as both a thriller and a love story. Read full book review >
MARISSA MAYER AND THE FIGHT TO SAVE YAHOO! by Nicholas Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A well-researched, up-to-date story about a fight to define one famous company's future."
The inside story of the cult of personality that surrounds the leadership of Silicon Valley's technology behemoths. Read full book review >
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO LIFE by Michelle Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sweet, if occasionally hackneyed, book of advice for young girls."
A mother's collection of bromides to her young daughter that centers on healthy emotional growth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >