Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 5)

1924 by Peter Ross Range
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A lucid description of a year that made all the horror possible, even inevitable."
Following the current trend of focusing a work of history on a single year, a journalist and academic examines the year that Hitler spent in Landsberg Prison for his failed putsch of 1923. Read full book review >
LIFE IS NOT AN ACCIDENT by Jay Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Of a piece with other inspirational and aspirational memoirs by athletes who have overcome adversity."
Memoir/cautionary tale by former basketball star Williams, whose fortunes were utterly changed a decade ago following a motorcycle accident. Read full book review >

A SPLENDID SAVAGE by Steve Kemper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 2016

"Thrilling adventures presented with the flair they deserve."
Freelance journalist Kemper (A Labyrinth of Kingdoms: 10,000 Miles through Islamic Africa, 2012, etc.) revives a legendary adventurer, "one of the only people who could turn [his] garrulous…friend Theodore Roosevelt into a listener."Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A well-organized, deeply researched work that ably digests the Balkan war, the criminals, the criminal court, and its legacy."
A bracing history of the hunt for Balkan war criminals and the seminal establishment of the Hague Tribunal in 1993. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF SPIES by Paddy Hayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"As exciting as any good spy thriller—but it's all true."
Intelligence researcher Hayes opens the door on the fascinating life of one of England's greatest spies, Daphne Park (1921-2010). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge—good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates."
The former secretary of defense offers insights into being an effective leader. Read full book review >
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity."
A neurosurgeon with a passion for literature tragically finds his perfect subject after his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer. Read full book review >
THE NARROW DOOR by Paul Lisicky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Honest and compassionate."
A creative writing professor's memoir of two profoundly intense relationships that permanently marked his life. Read full book review >
THEIR PROMISED LAND by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The author shapes his family's labor of a lifetime into a scintillating work of art."
A prizewinning historian recounts his German-Jewish family's time in England during the most turbulent years of the 20th century. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO LITTLE DRIBBLING by Bill Bryson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Anglophiles will find Bryson's field notes equally entertaining and educational."
Bryson (One Summer: America, 1927, 2013, etc.) takes us on another fascinating cross-country jaunt.Read full book review >
BERNIE by Ted Rall
by Ted Rall, illustrated by Ted Rall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An effective, if unapologetically partisan, primer on a strong voice from the left to counter the Democrats' rightward shift."
More than a campaign biography, this graphic narrative traces the decline and possible resurgence of liberalism within the Democratic Party. Read full book review >
AMERICAN GOVERNOR by Matt Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An evenhanded, timely biography of a boisterous politician who 'personif[ies] a media-focused, celebrity-obsessed, blunt-talking U.S. of A.'"
A hard-boiled account of the career of Chris Christie, colorful governor and presidential aspirant, "the first bona fide American YouTube politician." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >