Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 982)

RICHARD S. EWELL by Donald C. Pfanz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1998

"A shrewd, highly readable, and exhaustively researched account that restores Ewell's reputation as a skilled commander and one who stubbornly gave his all for the Lost Cause. (photos, not seen)"
The adventurous life of one of Lee's dashing lieutenants, a man who distinguished himself in the Mexican War as a cavalry officer and in the Civil War as Stonewall Jackson's "right arm." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 27, 1998

"A first-rate, profoundly realistic addition to the enormous Civil War library, powerfully bringing home the experience of combat and defeat."
A vivid history of the final year of the Civil War as experienced by Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, drawing heavily on documentary sources. Read full book review >

WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST by Ben Procter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 23, 1998

"Procter's biography, like the Hearst newspapers of the period he chronicles, is great reading, but too much on the surface, shedding too little light on the realities underneath. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
An intensely detailed but still superficial chronicle of the media baron's life through early middle age. Read full book review >
FLAWED GIANT by Robert Dallek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1998

"But this remains a fair, impressively researched reassessment of this most complicated of presidents. (Feature in the Atlantic Monthly; $50,000 ad/promo; Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club selection; author tour)"
Presidential historian Dallek (History/Boston Univ.; Hail to the Chief, 1996) has all the dogged persistence of the scholar, but little of a master biographer's panache. Read full book review >
MARTIN HEIDEGGER by Rüdiger Safranski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"Safranski's own take—both critical and appreciative—on Heidegger mirrors the complexity of his subject, and provides a welcome entrÇe to a difficult thought world."
The author sheds light on the varieties of darkness that shade the life and thought of, arguably, Germany's most influential 20th-century philosopher. Read full book review >

LAND OF DREAMS by Mordecai Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"A memoir of early Israel of uneven literary and historical worth. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An intermittently engaging memoir recollecting the difficult birth of the State of Israel, by a novelist and translator. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1998

"Like an obscure club recording from a major jazz musician, this is a minor work from a profound thinker that perhaps only true devotees of Rorty will find of value."
In this slim volume (from a series of lectures), eminent liberal political theorist Rorty passes judgment on the state of the US left. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1998

"A powerful if somewhat incomplete sampling of voices, important especially for giving expression to those Palestinians whose stories are rarely heard. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
While limited in scope, this anthology of childhood memories of adults shaped by the Arab-Israeli wars is often quite moving. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1998

"The book closes with Galland's own nudges toward activism in her community of San Francisco, no longer as just an observer, but a thoughtful participant."
One pilgrim's stirring account of anger, activism, and healing in women's lives. Read full book review >
NO TIME TO DIE by Liz Tilberis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1998

"A lively, unflinching, and informative account of a woman's bout with ovarian cancer that could kick off the kind of campaign that made breast cancer a priority in women's health studies. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Ovarian cancer and the world of fashion are strange bedfellows in this autobiography by the editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 1998

"A remarkable book, the autopsy of a system that killed more people than any in history, with the possible exception of its Chinese counterpart."
A remarkable and unique insight into the character and history of the seven leaders whose careers spanned the birth and death of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 1998

"Despite her tendency to pedantry, Guinier is an original and stimulating thinker whose ideas, in contrast to her last wide exposure to the public eye, may now get the broader and fairer airing they deserve."
Legal scholar Guinier describes the experience that made her famous and the lessons she learned from it: President Clinton's withdrawal in 1993 of her nomination as assistant attorney general for civil rights, under withering attack from conservatives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >