Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 974)

THE SIXTIES by Edmund Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"Candor and intelligence come through on every page—in this always absorbing journal by perhaps the last great man of American letters."
The last of Wilson's five volumes of journals is as entertaining and full of gossipy detail as the first four (The Fifties, 1986, etc.)—and together they form an amazing literary document of the first half of the century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1993

"Though foulmouthed, Loesser grows on you wonderfully through his daughter's eyes."
Engaging life of brilliant lyricist, songwriter, and composer Frank Loesser (1910-69), whose genius with words brings life to this loving biography by his daughter (a journalist, editor, geologist, etc., who's been published in Life and Family Circle). Read full book review >

MONSTER by Kody Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 1993

"Anyone who wants to know why L.A. burned will find the chilling answer here. (First printing of 65,000; first serial rights to Esquire)"
LÇon Bing's study of L.A. gangs, Do or Die (1991) featured on its cover an awesomely muscular African-American male, naked to the waist, wearing sunglasses and wielding an automatic weapon. Read full book review >
SIMONE SIGNORET by Catherine David
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 1993

"Far, far less fulfilling than Signoret's own Nostalgia Isn't What It Used To Be (1972) or Montand's You See, I Haven't Forgotten (1992). (Twenty-two b&w photos—not seen)"
Bittersweet rise and decline of the great French movie star Simone Signoret (1921-85), by a writer for Paris's Nouvel Observateur. Read full book review >
DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 22, 1993

"The new standard against which all future lives of Sitting Bull will be measured. (Thirty-two b&w photographs, three maps) (History Book Club Main Selection)"
Enormous, groundbreaking biography of the great Lakota Sioux war chief (c. 1831-90). Read full book review >
ROAD TO HEAVEN by Bill Porter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1993

Porter, who as ``Red Pine'' has written several studies of Eastern religions (The Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma, 1989, etc.— not reviewed), now clambers over the Chugnan mountains of central China in search of solitary mystics and saints. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1993

"Best for country-music buffs and scholars, particularly with its descriptions of the Nashville growth years in the 50's and 60's. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Country boy from dirt poverty makes millions as a Nashville publisher/producer/writer. Read full book review >
GRACE BEATS KARMA by Neal Cassady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1993

"This isn't everyone's cup of tea, of course, spiked as it is with huge dollops of self-indulgence, but it's a welcome—if relatively minor- -literary and cultural offering that some will down like elixir."
Unlike the Beats and hippies he inspired and who enshrined him in turn (most notably as Dean Moriarity in On the Road), Cassady (1926-68) left behind few writings other than a big mess of a novel, The First Third (1971). Read full book review >
IN MY OWN SWEET TIME by Blanche Cooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1993

"A striking record of unwavering commitment, told without gloss or sentimentality—and, like the best autobiographies, with all the shading and narrative drive of a good novel."
A beguilingly candid love story of the two radicals—the author and her husband, Jim—who founded the Phoenix, the quarterly that first published Henry Miller in the US. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1993

A lengthy, albeit consistently engrossing, take on the Reader's Digest and how it became one of the worlds's most influential periodicals. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1993

"A provocative and—given our concern about an imbalance of trade with Japan—unusually relevant examination."
As the Clinton Administration prepares for a potential trade war with Japan, historian McGlothlen—drawing on interviews with contemporaries of former secretary of state Dean Acheson (Dean Rusk and Paul Nitze among them) and quoting from original policy memoranda—outlines in detail the evolution of US policy toward Japan's trading partners. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >