Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

NIXON'S VIETNAM WAR by Jeffrey Kimball
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1998

"Kimball puts Nixon's and Kissinger's Vietnam War maneuverings under a microscope and discovers a malignant cancer on the presidency. (History Book Club selection)"
A convincing, devastating deconstruction of Richard Nixon's and Henry Kissinger's Vietnam War policies that attempts to explode the "peace-with-honor" myth. Read full book review >
CHARLES KURALT'S AMERICAN MOMENTS by Charles Kuralt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 1998

"Just as hokey and sentimental as Kuralt's broadcasts, they will appeal to his many fans but won—t win many converts among the unbelievers."
An illustrated anthology of —American moments— from the late newsman and wanderer Kuralt (A Life on the Road, 1990; On the Road with Charles Kuralt, 1985). Read full book review >

MUSSOLINI by Jasper Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 1998

"Still, though not without its flaws, this is a valuable introduction to Mussolini."
This new biography will refine our portrait of a 20th-century dictator. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 1998

"Gripping and convincing. (50 b&w photos, not seen) ($75,000 ad/promo; first printing of 100,000; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
Probably the last book on the Kennedy assassination you will need to read. Read full book review >
THE FIRST TIME by Cher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1998

"As an added bonus, one can open the book at almost any page and start right in—the perfect arrangement for hard-pressed readers. (32 pages color and b&w photos) (Television satellite tour)"
A collection of short, easily digestible anecdotes—of her first Rolling Stones concert, her first solo recording, her first wedding ceremony—told by Cher and committed to paper in a tone of talkiness that seems to come straight from the tape recorder. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1998

"All of Christgau's considerable strengths and weaknesses are on display."
Village Voice rock critic Christgau finally achieves life between hardcovers (although the paperback original collections of his justly famous "Consumer Guide" columns have long been in print) with this wildly variegated assortment of profiles. Read full book review >
MY ONE GOOD NERVE by Ruby Dee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1998

"As Oscar Wilde put it, 'A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.' (A joint memoir by Dee and her husband, Ossie Davis, will be published by William Morrow, also in November.) (b&w photos, not seen)"
With this painfully sincere collection of poems, stories, and character pieces, Ruby Dee joins the unhappy pantheon of actors, such as Jimmy Stewart and Leonard Nimoy, who have strayed disastrously into scribbling. Read full book review >
GLEN EDWARDS by Daniel Ford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1998

"Edwards's own words are skillfully interwoven with Ford's, offering a richly detailed account of postwar aviation—and the infant years of the military-industrial complex. (photos, not seen)"
The fascinating diary of the WWII bomber and postwar test pilot (after whom Edwards Air Force Base was named) placed into context by Ford, a contributing editor at Air & Space/Smithsonian magazine. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1998

"A fascinating portrait of lives left behind and re-created."
A vibrant, affecting collection of first-person accounts of those'some well known, some not—who fled Nazi Germany to find refuge in America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1998

"Published in conjunction with an exhibition about the expedition at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, this book occupies a prize spot in the already abundant literature of polar exploration."
The saga of the Endurance and her crew—Shackleton's Antarctic fiasco turned heroic melodrama—is discovered anew through the expedition's previously unpublished photos and Alexander's (The Way to Xanadu, 1994, etc.) well-turned storytelling. Read full book review >
MARILYN MONROE by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"Odd, but with a touch of genius. (32 paghes b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A dramatic, psychologically astute biography of the troubled sex symbol and star of such classics as Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and The Seven Year Itch. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 1998

"A semi-hidden life of unbroken allegiance, compassionately rendered. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
Devotion to genius characterizes the life of Eugene O—Neill's daughter and Charlie Chaplin's wife in this respectful overview. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >