Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 960)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"Jeffers inverts Teddy's most famous saying with a book that walks loudly (lots of swaggering by the protagonist and others) and carries a small stick (nary a whack of dissent)."
A fast-paced but toothless report on the crime-busting years of America's toothiest politician: scads of atmosphere and action, no critical bite. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Wolfe reduces an electrifying tale of power and disgrace into a lifeless narrative, and compelling figures into straw men. (Frist serial to Vanity Fair; Literary Guild selection)"
Both more and less than you wanted to know about the scandalous downfall of the chief judge of New York State's Court of Appeals. Read full book review >

INSIDE SANTA RITA by Sr. Baez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Proof that not everyone who has a transformative experience should write a book."
A well-intentioned but uninspired memoir by the mother of folk singer Joan Baez. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Surely, the greatest voice in jazz deserves an equally compelling biography; for now, her own Lady Sings the Blues, although deeply flawed in its factual account, remains the best introduction to her life and work. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A very much less than definitive biography of one of our greatest jazz performers. Read full book review >
LOVE IN AMERICA by Julian Green
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Self-portrait of the artist as a young man, rendered with an excoriating candor that makes Green such a master and exemplar of the confessional voice."
American expatriate Green records searing conflicts between heart and spirit as he finally comes to recognize his sexual identity in this third volume of autobiography (The Green Paradise, 1992; The War at Sixteen, 1993). Read full book review >

THE POWER AND PASSION OF M. CAREY THOMAS by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"At times burdened by its unrelenting attention to detail, Horowitz's account personalizes a courageous woman and provides the historical context to balance her complex and contradictory life choices. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen)"
A lengthy biography of educator M. Carey Thomas (18571935). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Clark's observations of British political life are acute and his gossip hilarious."
The diaries of Clark, who held cabinet positions under British prime ministers Thatcher and Major from 1986 to 1992, have already caused something of a sensation in the UK. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A tribute with the genre's characteristic virtues (warmth) and vices (lack of objectivity), but on the money in assessing a justice unwavering in his dedication to civil rights and civil liberties."
The happy warrior of the Supreme Court's liberal wing from 1956 to 1990 is fondly recalled in these miscellaneous articles collected by Goldman (Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure/St. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A useful introduction to some of the obstacles gay teachers face, but this subject merits much livelier treatment."
A book devoted to the experiences of lesbian and gay teachers and the innumerable pressures on them to remain closeted. Read full book review >
HOW I GOT THIS WAY by Patrick F. McManus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Trepid, vincible, domitable, and predictable as the seasons, Pat McManus is still the funniest guy in a flannel shirt."
Bucolic essayist McManus (The Good Samaritan Strikes Again, 1992, etc.) pops out of the tall timber to present his ninth gathering of lies and giggles from field and stream. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Generously illustrated with remarkable photographs, this is an illuminating examination of a subject that is frequently misunderstood or misrepresented, and that remains current—in new waves of Irish emigrants—to this very day."
This book, based on a documentary film that will air on PBS stations later this year, is an exceptionally vivid study of Irish immigration from the American Revolution to the present. Read full book review >
DIANNE FEINSTEIN by Jerry Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Indeed, this book, though mainly respectful, should not garner her new acolytes. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
This competent biography of California senator Feinstein, who in November will be up for reelection, hews to the new archetype in political drama: It's the tale of the child who triumphs over the dysfunctions of family life and grows up to become an influential public figure. 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 >