Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Bush remains, as this biography demonstrates, a complex, deeply controversial, and profoundly influential figure."
Disproving Vannevar Bush's claim that any biography of him would be terrible, Zachary (Show-Stopper!, 1994), a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, deftly follows the life and career of the single most important scientist working for the US during WW II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Allitt makes good use of the extensive scholarship available on many of these figures, adding his own incisive observations and showing how their work tried but failed to restore the cultural visibility that the Church had enjoyed in former centuries."
A scholarly and stimulating history of the impact made by gifted thinkers who became Catholics on both sides of the Atlantic between 1825 and 1962, and of the problems they faced in their new Church and in society Generations of penal legislation in Britain and in many parts of the American colonies had left Catholics an uneducated, suspect group. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

Stereotyped by admirers and critics alike, Pope John Paul II finds in former Wall Street Journal reporter Kwitny (Acceptable Risks, 1992, etc.) a biographer who takes his full measure. Read full book review >
WELLINGTON by Christopher Hibbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A useful introduction to a complex, powerful figure. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The prolific Hibbert (Nelson: A Personal History, 1994, etc.) offers a lively if unsurprising portrait of a contentious hero. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A commanding and important work that will captivate readers with its unique voice, narrative power, and unforgettable scenes of life in southern Africa. (17 b&w photos, not seen)"
An African woman's poignant and beautifully crafted memoir lyrically portrays the brutal poverty and reliance on ritual that shape the lives of her people, the Basotho. Read full book review >

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE by Alan Schom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"French history. (32 pages b&w photos, 20 maps, not seen)"
A biography so negative, it even casts doubt on Napoleon's military genius. Read full book review >
DAVID BOWIE by George Tremlett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"This sober look at one of pop's most mercurial icons will no doubt send fans scurrying to dust off their Bowie platters and listen to them anew. (photos, not seen)"
Despite his long-term access to Bowie and others close to him, British rock journalist Tremlett (Dylan Thomas, 1992, etc.) is stronger in its portrayal of the finances of the rock biz than in profiling one of pop music's most enigmatic figures. Read full book review >
JUGGLING by Jane S. Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Despite this admitted shortcoming and the occasional excess of personal information, Juggling provides an honest and insightful consideration of one courageous woman's experience."
A sobering account of women's struggle for opportunity and equality in the work force, seen through the eyes of one of the leaders in the fight. Read full book review >
HAND TO MOUTH by Paul Auster
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Required, inspiring reading for Auster-holics and aspiring writers."
Artistic failure, financial woes, and broken love are the subjects of Auster's wide-ranging philosophical memoir, a candid assessment of the demands and rewards of art, work, and money. Read full book review >
ULYSSES S. GRANT by Geoffrey Perret
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A shrewd, if insistent, brief for Grant as his era's most imaginative and resourceful master of war. (16 pages b&w photos)"
In contrast to his last subject, the vainglorious Douglas MacArthur (Old Soldiers Never Die, 1996), military historian Perret profiles the Union commander as an unassuming strategist ahead of his time and as a president whose abysmal standing deserves re- evaluation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A moving, albeit verbose, very East European testimony about roots, the writer's life, and personal discovery."
An ÇmigrÇ's account of his return to post-Communist Romania exudes his own and his native land's irrepressible personality. Read full book review >
SPEAKING FREELY by Nat Hentoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Perhaps Hentoff understood that, as interesting as his life may have been, the world needs ideas expressed clearly more than it needs another memoir."
Memos packaged as a memoir from Village Voice and Washington Post columnist Hentoff (Listen to the Stories, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >