Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 956)

GOLDWATER by Lee Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Required reading for Goldwater aficionados, and useful for students of contemporary American politics of whatever stripe. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Edwards, a Goldwater campaign veteran and professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, offers an anecdote- rich portrait of the intellectual and practical godfather of modern American conservatism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An uninformed and uninformative take on a pillar of the sweet- tooth trade. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
This trashy, overstated assault on the proprietors of Mars Inc. Read full book review >

LOST IN PLACE by Mark Salzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Salzman engagingly describes teen malleability and confusion; hopefully he'll immortalize his childhood next."
An affectionate and often incisive appraisal of the author's thoroughly peculiar yet thoroughly representative suburban Connecticut adolescence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 1995

"Raack's conclusions may sometimes run ahead of the available evidence, and he may make insufficient allowance for the difficulty the Allies opposing Soviet expansion faced, but this is a useful corrective to much naive, uninformed, and ideologically blinkered history."
A revisionist look at Stalin's foreign policy up to and during WW II that confirms most of the harshest judgments about it, and then some. Read full book review >
THEODORE H. WHITE AND JOURNALISM AS ILLUSION by Joyce Hoffmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 1995

"A fist-rate look at how newsand historycan be created and manipulated."
Hoffmann (Journalism/Old Dominion Univ.) compellingly argues that one of America's most distinguished journalists used his prestige and eloquence to manufacture influential illusions about great men and events rather than to tell the truth as he saw it. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1995

"Valuable for its information, if not its style."
A sympathetic portrait of a Native American leader perhaps best known to fans of Lonesome Dove. Read full book review >
SINS OF THE SON by Carlton Stowers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1995

"Compelling, but morally troubling. (10 b&w photos, not seen)"
A crime journalist's painfully honest attempt to come to terms with his son's downward spiral into a life of drugs and criminal activity. Read full book review >
FULBRIGHT by Randall Bennett Woods
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1995

"A window into US history from the genesis of the Cold War to America's withdrawal from Vietnam: crucial reading for anyone who would understand the politics of that era. (15 halftones, not seen)"
A cool, intellectual biography of the patrician southern politician who became one of America's most influential opponents of the Vietnam war. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE WHEEL AT CHRYSLER by Doron P. Levin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1995

"A cogent exposition that provides an understanding of who and what propels the monster auto industry through its exhilarating booms and dolorous slumps."
Detroit Free Press reporter Levin (Irreconcilable Differences: Ross Perot vs. Read full book review >
OSWALD AND THE CIA by John Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 1995

"Exhaustive, tedious, and diffuse, this study eschews sensationalism but threatens death by minutiae."
Intelligence veteran Newman (History/Univ. of Maryland; JFK and Vietnam, 1992) tackles Lee Harvey Oswald ``the file'' rather than ``the man.'' In this case ``the file'' refers to roughly 250,000 pages of documents from the CIA, FBI, DOD, Army, Navy, and the American Embassy in Moscow, recently released by the JFK Assassination Records Review Board. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 1995

"An informal and impressionistic account of some Civil War incidents as seen from the ranks; ghostly memories from a man of character."
An absorbing memoir of the battles of Seven Days, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 1995

"Challenged and challenging, the author offers a self- portrait of a man in a wheelchair, neither hero nor poster boy, that should help to rattle stereotypes a little further. (Author tour)"
In a memoir that is both funny and furious, tales of private and public adventure from a nationally known radio and TV reporter who is paralyzed from the chest down. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >