Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A rural canvas of extremes—from hard-bitten bigots to the naïve, the sure of faith, and the latitudinarians—disentangled by the author with deft, probing strokes."
Talk about strangers in a strange land: Bloom's story of the heartland Lubavitcher meatpackers and the waves they caused to ripple across the rural Iowan landscape is an immediate, elegantly personal piece of reportage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Highly inspiring for the disabled, and for anyone interested in making an adventure of life."
A spirited story of adventure on dry land and the high seas. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A must-read for armchair historians and budding scholars; for experts, an excursion on well-trodden ground."
A vivid political history of the earliest and most unstable years of the American republic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2000

"Sets the heart a-racing. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thrilling account of the US women's crew as it prepared to compete in the 1975 World Championships in rowing. Read full book review >
HO CHI MINH by William J. Duiker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2000

"Required reading for students of the 20th century—and for all who want to understand how a man can come to epitomize a cause and sire a nation. (32 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A masterful, balanced biography of the charismatic Communist leader. Read full book review >

THE FIRST AMERICAN by H.W. Brands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Brands adds flesh to a hallowed ghost, and the result is that the reader admires Benjamin Franklin all the more. Superb."
A rousing, first-rate life of a Founding Father. Read full book review >
THE TRUMPS by Gwenda Blair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"Rich, detailed, and informative, and not just for Trump loyalists or detractors."
The triple biography of the entrepreneurial Trumps: Friedrich, son Fred, and grandson Donald. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Entertaining, fair-minded, and important reading for the end of an election year."
Historic insider's insights into presidential qualities. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A quiet treasure."
A vivid and affectionate memoir of the vanishing traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people living on Sapelo Island, off the coast of Georgia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

A minutely detailed and shockingly informed account of the looting of Russia by oligarchs, thugs, and crony capitalists during the Yeltsin era. Read full book review >
THIS CRAFT OF VERSE by Jorge Luis Borges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fascinating journey that weaves together the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature to cast old questions in a new light and supplement our understanding of a complex literary mind."
An elegant and deftly woven five-part lecture series that uses philosophic, etymological, and personal inquiry to offer an erudite and coherent exposition on the power and limitations of language with regard to the crafting of poetry. Read full book review >
AS SEEN ON TV by Lucy Grealy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2000

"Relaxed, honest, and illuminating, Grealy achieves her goal: if life is the answer, 'start finding the questions worthy of it.'"
A funny, imaginative, and intelligent collection of essays that incorporate memoir, cultural observation, philosophy, sex, death, disease, and drag queen fashion. 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 >