Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: June 1, 2015

"Excellent from start to finish, demanding a soundtrack of Stax hits as background listening."
Intellectually complex life of Otis Redding (1941-1967), the doomed King of Soul. Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 2015

"An avuncular account of a life spent uncovering deception for the CIA."
Memoir from a veteran of the arcane specialty of covert polygraph espionage interrogations. Read full book review >

33 DAYS by Léon Werth
Released: May 12, 2015

"An invaluable document of history as well as a riveting literary narrative, spirited out of France by Saint-Exupéry yet somehow 'lost.'"
An extraordinary account of a French couple's fleeing of Paris just in front of the Germans in June 1940, followed by a despairing stint among some eagerly appeasing villagers. Read full book review >
REAGAN by H.W. Brands
Released: May 12, 2015

"An exemplary work of history that should bring Reagan a touch more respect in some regards but that removes the halo at the same time."
Monumental life of the president whom some worship and some despise—with Brands (History/Univ. of Texas; The Man Who Saved the Union: Ulysses Grant in War and Peace, 2012, etc.) providing plenty of justification for both reactions.Read full book review >
DIALYSIS by Lisa Frieden
Released: July 2, 2014

"A compelling story about coping with a serious illness, offering lessons in the value of slowing down and appreciating life in the moment."
A hard-charging PR pro battles kidney failure, as chronicled in this heartfelt memoir. Read full book review >

THE DAD REPORT by Kevin Cook
Released: June 1, 2015

"An enjoyable exploration of baseball, fatherhood, and how 'there's something special about the way families share the game.'"
Stories of fathers, their sons, and a way forward for the troubled game of baseball. Read full book review >
JFK AND LBJ by Godfrey Hodgson
Released: May 26, 2015

"A deeply detailed, fascinating characterization of two men, a country, and an era. Sometimes it takes a non-American to see what we all missed."
British commentator Hodgson (Martin Luther King, 2009, etc.) dissects the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2015

"In addition to World War II buffs, other readers will enjoy the intrigue, back-stabbing, action, and diplomacy in this well-written book."
Attorney Jordan (Brothers, Rivals, Victors: Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley and the Partnership that Drove the Allied Conquest in Europe, 2011, etc.) delivers another page-turning chronicle of World War II.Read full book review >
PIRATE HUNTERS by Robert Kurson
Released: June 16, 2015

"An enjoyable read, especially if you've got a thing for pirates."
A look inside the world of professional treasure hunters, focused on the search for a sunken pirate ship. Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 2015

"An unflinching look at the consequences and rewards of open adoption, written with care and precision."
If giving up a child for adoption leaves a void in the mother's life, what happens when she remains an active part of the child's life afterward? That void must be carried with her. Read full book review >
ELON MUSK by Ashlee Vance
Released: May 19, 2015

"Despite Vance's best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients."
A look at aerospace/automotive mogul Elon Musk. Read full book review >
THE RAPE OF EUROPA by Charles FitzRoy
Released: June 23, 2015

"Some will prefer more about Titian's work, as this book has too much extraneous information, but it should broaden readers' knowledge of the many other worlds that surround the history of art."
Trailing the provenance of Titian's greatest work, Fine Art Travel tour leader FitzRoy (The Sultan's Istanbul on 5 Kurush a Day, 2013, etc.) includes short histories of Europe's great powers and lessons in art and art history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >