Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2001

"Despite a few missteps (e.g., a poke at Yale for having students read the clichéd 'dead, white European males'), a raw and searing remembrance of negotiating the remaining American fault lines of race and class."
The daughter of novelist Alice Walker delivers a stunning memoir about the confusion, uncertainty, and anger she felt straddling her mother's African-American culture and her father's Jewish one. Read full book review >
THEM by Jon Ronson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Ronson's eye for the telling detail and his gift for capturing hilarious dialogue make this an entertaining read, but laughs aside, this is serious and thought-provoking stuff, and likely to nettle left, right, and some in the middle too."
A picaresque journey into the wonderland of delusional fanatics, often scary, yet wildly funny. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A love story of rare quality: intelligent, wise, and, above all, generous in spirit and understanding."
In a perfectly pitched and insightful account, physician David Gurewitsch's widow lovingly recalls her husband's abiding friendship with Eleanor Roosevelt. Read full book review >
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG’S JOURNEY by Allen Shawn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Truly delightful, and long overdue. (140 b&w illustrations)"
A splendid survey of the life and music of the 20th century's most controversial composer. Read full book review >
A GENTLEMAN OF COLOR by Julie Winch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Indefatigable research and lucid prose combine to produce a book whose importance cannot be overstated. (16 halftones, not seen)"
Rigorously researched and creatively imagined biography of an African-American who fought in the American Revolution, amassed a small fortune, and fought slavery and racial discrimination. Read full book review >

PINOCHET AND ME by Marc Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A powerful page-turner—its only flaw is its brevity."
A thrilling yet heartrending account of an American journalist's experiences in Chile from the rise of Allende to the trial of Pinochet. Read full book review >
ANTHONY BLUNT by Miranda Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Many books recount Blunt's espionage; this one is a complete biography that does him justice. (16 illustrations)"
British journalist Carter limns the complex life and fascinating times of the eminent art historian best known for being exposed in 1979 as a former Soviet spy. Read full book review >
MATTERS OF STATE by Philip Hamburger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Marvelous, gentle, uncynical, lyrical—everything that American politics itself is not."
More than 50 years' worth of reminiscences from a longtime political observer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A story of high drama told with aplomb, a story of the kind that allows readers to put their woes into perspective."
An affecting, transporting memoir of growing up fast during the grim years following the overthrow of Haile Selassie in Ethiopia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Stunning."
One of the boldest contributions to the history of the Holocaust in the last decade. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A top-drawer biography, at once scholarly and popular, generous in its intelligence, rich in context and anecdote. (Halftones and maps)"
Another sublime contribution to the historical literature of the American West from Worster (The Wealth of Nature, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
ELIZABETH by David Starkey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 2, 2000

"Reveals a livelier Liz: lovely, clever, wise, and—like all the other Tudors—possessed of the 'besetting sin' of 'rapacity.' (16 pp. color photos and illustrations)"
In brisk, bracing prose, a freelance historian follows England's first Queen Elizabeth from birth to the early days of her reign. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >