Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"An extremely well-written, highly provocative discussion of the origins and meaning of culture."
Humans have no monopoly on culture or ethics, argues a respected expert on our animal cousins. Read full book review >
FRIEDRICH HAYEK by Alan Ebenstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"A solid and serviceable, if somewhat dry, introduction to Hayek's life and work."
An intellectual biography of one of the 20th century's greatest economists. Read full book review >

KITCHENER by John Pollock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"An engaging narrative that brings the colorful, late-Victorian military and political world vividly to life. (maps, illustrations, and photos)"
A biography of the complicated soldier who transformed Great Britain's military from a late-Victorian fighting club into a modern army. Read full book review >
TROUBLEMAKER by Kathleen Burk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Taylor himself thought his life unimportant, and Burk can't quite persuade us that it's worth covering in this detail. Still, Taylor's contribution to the intellectual history of this century makes this account fascinating and valuable."
The life of "possibly the greatest, and certainly the most famous, diplomatic historian of the twentieth century," by a former research student now teaching at London University. Read full book review >
ARMED AND DANGEROUS by Gina Gallo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"An utterly credible picture of what a big-city cop's life is really like and of how being a cop affects thinking, beliefs, and behavior."
All the ugliness, danger, and misery of life as a big-city cop, told with perception, humor, and apparently without fear of reprisals by a 16-year veteran on the Chicago police force. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"A sometimes astonishing, worm's-eye view of life under totalitarianism, and a valuable contribution to Soviet and Jewish studies."
The thoughtful memoirs of a disillusioned daughter of the Russian Revolution. Read full book review >
MOTHER JONES by Elliott J. Gorn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Amid the current concerns over global labor exploitation, this is a timely, unromanticized reminder that human suffering has accompanied industrial change in the past, and that people fought to ameliorate it."
A stimulating biography of the pugnacious labor organizer that sheds light on radical movements while questioning the myth-making machine that surrounds great figures. Read full book review >
THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF EXPLORERS by John Keay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Nothing new to fans of the genre, but a rich and entertaining miscellany."
Forty-two selections penned by the explorers themselves make a fat but engaging compendium. Read full book review >
THE SHORT SWEET DREAM OF EDUARDO GUTIÉRREZ by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"A straightforward account of an illegal that comments eloquently on the human cost of globalization."
Legendary newspaper columnist and novelist (I Don't Want to Go to Jail, p. 347, etc.) Breslin's revealing and tragic saga of an illegal Mexican worker who perished in a 1999 New York City construction accident. Read full book review >
FROM BUCHENWALD TO CARNEGIE HALL by Marian Filar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Like Wladyslaw Szpilman's The Pianist, a well-written, perceptive tale that evokes the splendor of prewar Warsaw and its progressive music scene, and a poetic testimony of artistic beauty triumphing over evil."
A combination of musical memoir and Holocaust history, in which pianist Filar traces his career from Warsaw to Philadelphia, revealing how his passion for music helped him persevere, and defending his decision to study in postwar Berlin under world-renowned pianist Walter Gieseking, <\b>an alleged Nazi. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

Canadian medical journalist Abraham debuts with this well-detailed chronicle clarifying what happened to Einstein's brain after his death. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Worth reading, but only with your willing suspension of disbelief fully engaged."
A strange foray into the history of the Third Reich that posits skullduggery and conspiracy in the matter of the SS leader's celebrated suicide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >