Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 983)

FRANCIS BACON by Perez Zagorin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"A valuable work for the serious Bacon scholar, but not for the layperson. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
An erudite investigation into the work of the man regarded as the founder of the Scientific Revolution, this volume attempts to tie together Bacon's many writings, not only on science, but also on language, morals, politics, rhetoric, law, and history. Read full book review >
TITAN by Ron Chernow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"Business biography on a grand scale."
The archetypal American institution-builder—in industry, philanthropy, and the family dynasty bearing his name—is etched with uncommon objectivity and literary grace by National Book Award—winning business historian Chernow (The Death of the Banker, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 1998

"Such attention to small, everyday details makes this intimate familial memoir more affecting than third-person history. (Author tour)"
McCray's loving tribute to her mother chronicles one woman's battle for racial equality from Reconstruction to the Depression. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >