Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 1998

From Marszalek (History/Mississippi State Univ.; Sherman, 1992, etc.), a vivid evocation of a dramatic episode that preoccupied and temporarily crippled the Jackson administration. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 1998

"An informative (and always timely) case history of the damage resulting from congressional abuse of its oversight function and from using military commanders as partisan whipping boys. (12 photos, not seen) (History Book Club selection)"
The Thompson committee on campaign fundraising abuses is hardly the first controversial congressional investigative body, as demonstrated in this revealing study of a Civil War prosecutor. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 1998

"The political intrigue revealed in this biography alone makes it a gripping tale; the author's eye for balancing public and private lives nicely clarifies what could have been a murky read. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A fascinating look at a little-remembered contributor to 20th-century history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 1998

"Well written and researched, this book warrants a spot on every serious American history student's bookshelf. (19 pages b&w photos)"
A remarkable biography (the second, after Lois Beachy Underhill's The Woman Who Ran for President, 1995) of one of America's most controversial (and neglected) suffragists. Read full book review >
MAYBE LUCK ISN'T JUST CHANCE by Ruth Liepman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"Liepman, now 87, tells this dazzling story of intrigue and danger in flat, conversational prose with the faint air of the tape recorder running through it."
Liepman, a prominent European literary agent, recalls her turbulent Holocaust story and her career in this entry in Northwestern's ``Jewish Lives'' series. Read full book review >

MY SISTER LIFE by Maria Flook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"Flook's book should sing with pain, but it's strangely flat, if skillfully written—the reflections of her reflections, minus the power of myth."
A retelling of the lives of two sisters, separated as young teenagers when each was caught in an undertow of drugs, prostitution, and mental institutions. Read full book review >
REBUILDING A HOUSE DIVIDED by Hans-Dietrich Genscher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"An essential book for anyone interested in European policymaking, but the great man plays his cards too close to his chest."
The former foreign minister for the Federal Republic of Germany reports on his accomplishments. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO PETER DRUCKER by Jack Beatty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1998

"Written with Drucker's cooperation, a loving portrait of a distinguished life that fails to measure up to its subject."
A slim volume by a senior editor of the Atlantic about the legendary figure who invented the business of management and whose theories profoundly influenced modern American corporations, including General Motors. Read full book review >
CHURCHILL AND SECRET SERVICE by David Stafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 1998

"A first-rate and, what is more remarkable, an original contribution to Churchilliana, of sure interest to students of Churchill, modern history, or military intelligence. (25 b&w photos)"
Former diplomat Stafford compellingly tells the fateful story of Winston Churchill's lifelong obsession with intelligence and secret warfare, which had both trivial and large-scale consequences for the British from the Boer War through the 1950s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Perhaps one could argue that a more fitting, albeit less flattering, comparison might be Sid (Vicious) and Nancy (Spungeon)."
How one views this gossamer-thin account of the doomed Doors frontman and his equally troubled common-law wife rests largely on one's (forgive the expression) ``perception of the Doors.'' This book will be tonic to those eager for more dish on the man they regard as the Rimbaud-esque cynosure of the angst-filled '60s generation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Still, their scholarship is thorough, and their book makes good introductory reading on our conflicted feelings about the nation's highest office."
Americans' paradoxical views of the presidency are explored by two political scientists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Grammy-winning musician Davis gets taken for a ride by the KKK in this futile and pointless volume. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >