Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 978)

KINK by Dave Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 1997

"A far less ambitious but ultimately more satisfying account of Kinkdom than the colder, more evasive X- Ray. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Hard on the heels of Kinks singer/songwriter/megalomaniac Ray Davies's own memoir, X-Ray (1996), here is the autobiography of the other battling Davies brother, the one who is not widely considered to be a genius. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 1997

"In short: a fine collection of consistently absorbing war stories, which lacks the perspectives that could yield a coherent picture of the many mortal dangers still faced by the Global Village long after the Soviet Union's collapse."
A journalist's scattershot survey of the elite military and police units Western governments employ for their dirtiest jobs. Read full book review >

SHADRACH MINKINS by Gary L. Collison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1997

"Atmospheric, highly readable, and instructive; this is first-rate history. (18 illustrations, not seen)"
A lively and engaging account of a fugitive slave that also offers a glimpse into the painstaking process of historical inquiry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"Murray tells the story of Cray compellingly, and few readers will be able to close the book without a regret at the passing of an age when such independent giants could rule the world. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The name Cray is to the computer world what Ferrari is to the automotive world: a synonym for sheer speed and engineering bravado. Read full book review >
YOUR JOHN by Joanne Glasgow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 1997

"These letters will be much enjoyed by the enduring Hall fan club, and by literary enthusiasts and voyeurs."
Passionate and revealing love letters from the iconic lesbian novelist. Read full book review >

LOITERING WITH INTENT by Peter O'Toole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 1997

"There is a charming, witty, lapidary, very slim volume somewhere in here, but it is buried under minutiae."
Slowly, slowly, but sometimes delightfully, O'Toole takes us through just his first year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in this second volume of his memoirs (after (Loitering with Intent: The Child, 1993). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 1997

"For those seeking to understand the national debt, this book is a good place to start—it's just not a good place to stop."
American Heritage columnist Gordon (The Scarlet Woman of Wall Street, 1988) deserves credit for attempting a brief history of the national debt aimed at a wide audience, but the result is somewhat disappointing. Read full book review >
RADICAL SON by David Horowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1997

"Regardless of one's opinion on his present politics, Horowitz's searching reminiscences are a valuable contribution to the literature of dissent. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A sharply detailed, panoramic memoir of a ``red diaper'' baby and leftist activist who converted to political conservatism. Read full book review >
UNCERTAIN GLORY by John D. McKenzie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1997

"A powerful revisionist work. (12 b&w photos, 6 maps, not seen)"
A candid evaluation of Robert E. Lee's military career, penetrating the misty legends surrounding the ``marble man'' and the Lost Cause that grew after his death in 1870. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1997

This collection of essays by hot novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest, 1996, etc.) is sometimes tiresome but often truly rewarding. Read full book review >
PERSONAL HISTORY by Katharine Graham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 1997

"Her personal drama, however, upstages the rest. (24 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 200,000; author tour)"
Gracious, often touchingly ingenuous, at once panoramic and particular, Graham's autobiography absorbingly reconstructs her life of worldly privilege and affective deprivation as the daughter of one formidable man and the wife and widow of another, then chronicles her own rise to the challenges of captaining the Washington Post. Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE BRINK by Steven K. Beckner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 1997

"No doubt Alan Greenspan will be one of the most appreciative of those readers."
A detailed and sometimes fawning account of Alan Greenspan's chairmanship of the Federal Reserve Board. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >