Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

DANCING SPIRIT by Judith Jamison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"An interesting chronicle of Jamison's development and philosophy—but the woman remains an enigma. (Forty-five b&w photographs—not seen)"
Jamison, a major figure on the American dance scene, is best known as an Alvin Ailey leading lady and muse; she has lesser credits as a choreographer and teacher—and is now cause for excitement as artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Read full book review >
LUPE VELEZ AND HER LOVERS by Floyd Conner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1993

"A benchmark in the art of paste-pot bio—and winner of the Plan Nine from Outer Space Award as the worst movie book ever written. (Sixteen pages of photographs)"
Dizzyingly dreadful bio of the once-famous ``Mexican Spitfire,'' who racked up lovers like billiard balls and married Tarzan, a.k.a. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 1993

"Virtuoso scholarship, formidably researched and exciting to read."
Maslowski (History/University of Nebraska at Lincoln) breaks fresh ground with a comprehensive history of WW II's anonymous heroes: its combat photographers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"As a brief for MacDonald, too obviously slanted to be convincing; nonetheless, a powerful tale of ethnic awakening. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen)"
The autobiography-cum-exoneration of MacDonald, once tribal chairman of the Navajo Nation, now a prisoner in a Navajo jail. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"A dirt-dishing, fast-paced progress report on a consequential and controversial magnate on whom the book has yet to be closed. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A gossipy but enlightening rundown on the madcap mogul whose contrarian approach to broadcast media has made him a billionaire and left big tracks across the globe. Read full book review >

IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS by Helen Suzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"An inspiring record of courage and principle modestly recalled—and a distinguished contribution to the history of both apartheid and women in politics."
The autobiography of renowned anti-apartheid politician Suzman—who kept the faith and fought the good fight in South Africa's long dark night of shame—that not only ``relives a magnificent battle against apartheid'' but reminds us how daunting that fight was. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1993

"Strong in discussing Earhart as an advocate for women's equality, weaker in establishing her as an icon of popular culture. (Photographs—not seen)"
A well-argued case that gives feminist substance to Amelia Earhart's firm place in the national pantheon. Read full book review >
BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL by Herman J. Viola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Viola neither lionizes nor challenges Campbell's machismo—and this moral neutrality makes for a curiously old-fashioned biography, informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (Forty b&w photographs—not seen)"
An uncritical biography of the new US senator from Colorado, the only Native American serving in Congress. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1993

"Without Beauvoir's responses, the letters reveal the trivial and commonplace preoccupations of even the most heroic of intellects in the most trying of times."
A sequel to Witness to My Life (1992), which collected Sartre's letters to Simone de Beauvoir from 1926 to 1939. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Top-heavy with Eiseley and Newton anecdotes, limiting the popular appeal—but a must-read for biographers everywhere."
The ins and outs of the biographer's craft, by a man who has penned several (Fox at the Wood's Edge, 1990. etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE GODSON by Willie Fopiano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Fast action in a moral vacuum: frightening and compelling. (Photos—not seen)"
Gritty memoir by a former Boston gangster, written with the help of New York Post crime reporter Harney. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"A fine, balanced portrait. (Fourteen halftones)"
A fascinating look at the life and thought of the great jurist and scholar that vividly connects his sometimes dry legal pedantry and his remarkable life and personality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >