Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 1288)

ELIZABETH I by Paul Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 1974

"Totally involving biography, perhaps even touched with relevance for our own era of crisis in world leadership."
This in-depth portrait of English history's consummate stateswoman — her "Justice, temper, magnanimity, judgment" (the queen's own assessment of what best fitted a monarch) — focuses on politics rather than the cult of personality. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1974

"However, Caro's tremendous, artfully compiled detail, based on dozens of interviews and exhaustive source-hunting, ensure that The Power Broker will be acclaimed as the definitive monument to Moses, as well as a key study of the web of political figures connected with, and against, Moses' career."
At the height of his power Robert Moses was emperor of nearly all New York State public works—bridges, highways, housing, parks, electrical power, the World's Fair and the United Nations—without ever holding elected office. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 1974

"Meanwhile, 'I have come almost to love that monstrous world' of the Archipelago, he says — it was more rial than ordinary secular life."
We have lived through so very much, and almost none of it has been called by its right name." Read full book review >
ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN by Bob Woodward
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1974

"Just never.'"
Bernstein and Woodward, the two Washington Post journalists who broke the Big Story, tell how they did it by old fashioned seat-of-the-pants reporting — in other words, lots of intuition and a thick stack of phone numbers. Read full book review >
WAMPETERS, FOMA & GRANFALLOONS by Kurt Vonnegut
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 1974

"So it goes."
"You understand, of course, that everything I say is horseshit" — Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. — so damn disarming how can you not like the fella? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1974

"McPhee's warm portrayal of Taylor and his detailed assessment of current security practices will make your fears mushroom."
"I think we have to live with the expectation that once every four or five years a nuclear explosion will take place and kill a lot of people." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1973

"There have been and will be more better and worse soldier-survivor recalls of that slaughterhouse we now call Nam."
A group of very low-keyed autobiographical sketches about America's least-popular war, narrated by an intelligent, rather lonely Pfc. who knows he really should be somewhere else. Read full book review >
ISAAC ASIMOV'S TREASURY OF HUMOR by Isaac Asimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1971

"Isactly."
Unplugged Isaac's at the typewriter again, this time playing for laughs, guffaws, cackles, squeals, wheezes, whatever he can get. Read full book review >
HO by David Halberstam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1971

"Those interested in a more intensive look at Ho's career must go back to Jean Lacouture's Ho Chi Minh (1968)."
"The higher he rose, the simpler and purer Ho seemed." Read full book review >
THE SELLING OF THE PRESIDENT by Joe McGinniss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1969

"Part published in the August Harper's."
This is the beginning of a whole new concept. . . . Read full book review >
LEVELS OF THE GAME by John McPhee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 1969

"Your advantage."
From The New Yorker where it appeared as a two-part profile, this is the kind of job that Mr. McPhee did on Bill Bradley (A Sense of Where You Are — 1965) and gives an on and off court photomontage of Arthur Ashe and Clark Graebner at Forest Hills. Read full book review >
MEN IN DARK TIMES by Hannah Arendt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1968

Hierarchy of values, knowledge, sympathy, independence and lucidity of judgment, above all an historical mind—these are the attributes of the beneficent critic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >