Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Deft and probing, with stunningly close-up glimpses of a maniac's ascendancy."
Penetrating biography of a man once on such intimate terms with Hitler that his son would know the Holocaust's progenitor as "Uncle Dolph." Read full book review >
POLITICS by Hendrik Hertzberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2004

"Superb writing, subtle thinking. Just the thing for politics junkies and journalism buffs, especially those wondering who merits wearing Izzy Stone's mantle today."
One of American journalism's brightest intellectual lights shines forth in a fine—and long overdue—selection from four decades of work. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"'Many early symptoms that heralded the Roman decline may be seen in our own nation today,' writes Byrd. Few students and practitioners of politics are better equipped to make such assessments. An outstanding broadside from a true patriot."
"I do not want to remember my country as being on the side of evil": the distinguished gentleman from West Virginia—whose service and tenure in the Senate are legendary—pulls tight his toga and renders withering scorn unto Caesar. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"Scholarly and entertaining, written with a keen eye for the politics, but never forsaking the pleasures. (16-page color insert, not seen)"
An irreproachably researched and amusingly written history of European monarchs' jezebels. Read full book review >
THE NEW WORLD OF MARTIN CORTÉS by Anna Lanyon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"Luminous proof that history glows with emotion. (11 b&w illustrations)"
Lanyon's graceful, compelling account of her pursuit of the story of the son of Hernán Cortés and Malinche, an Amerindian woman who was the subject of the author's Malinche's Conquest (2000). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"A shrewd confessional by a knowing veteran—and a helluva cop book."
Archetypal street-smart cop Leuci (Blaze, 1999, etc.) initiates us into the workings of the brotherhood of New York's finest a generation ago. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2004

"Few first-person memoirs of the rock biz are as smart, honest, and entertaining as this tart, incisive work."
The drummer for a well-known Minneapolis rock band looks back on the group's oft-bumpy ride from semi-obscurity to success and back again. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2004

"A candent, mordant tribute to left-wing America."
Rambling, revelatory story of two anarchists: one dead, the other very much alive and full of pizzazz, despite his protestations. Read full book review >
LONGFELLOW by Charles C. Calhoun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Could well encourage a new generation to read Longfellow."
A sprightly, long-needed biography of 19th-century America's most famous, myth-making poet. Read full book review >
LET ME GO by Helga Schneider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Survivor's tales come in as many shapes as mothers. This one, from the dark side, is as affecting as a kick in the stomach."
Mothers come in all shapes and persuasions: this one enthusiastically joined the Waffen SS, abandoned her children, and embraced her tasks at Auschwitz, as gloomily recounted in her daughter's memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism."
Writer/filmmaker Downey looks inside one of New York's elite firehouses before and after 9/11. Read full book review >
SARGE by Scott Stossel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A careful and capable portrait, of much interest to advocates of activist, beneficent government and students of the Kennedy era alike."
An overstuffed but highly readable biography of the liberal stalwart who founded the Peace Corps, Head Start, Special Olympics, and many other good causes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >