Biography & Memoir Book Reviews (page 985)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

"An absorbing and sympathetic account of a highhanded spokesman for the downtrodden. (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Elegant, energetic biography of controversial Harlem congressman Adam Clayton Powell (1908-72), by Boston Globe reporter Haygood. Read full book review >
LONG QUIET HIGHWAY by Natalie Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1993

Goldberg, author of two popular Zen-inspired writing guides (Wild Mind, 1990; Writing Down the Bones, 1986), tells in simple, dead-honest prose the story of her ``awakening'' to writing and to life. ``Americans,'' Goldberg says, ``see writing as a way to break through their own inertia and become awake, to connect with their deepest selves.'' This way works, she insists, but ``it is hard. Read full book review >

FLAUBERT-SAND by Gustave Flaubert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Caring, private, revealing: a treasure of friendship and a rare exchange enriched by the careful participation of Steegmuller- -more a tactful mediator than an editor—who has turned the correspondence into a work of art."
A charming exchange between two extraordinary writers, from 1866 to 1876, with an illuminating introduction and continuity provided by Steegmuller (A Woman, A Man, and Two Kingdoms, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
GOAT BROTHERS by Larry Colton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 1993

"A sometimes arduous climb with Colton's goats to scale his nearly quarter-million-word mountain, but some compelling views along the way—and likely to receive attention for its baby- boomer focus. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Heartfelt but taxing chronicle of the lives of five fraternity brothers from their 60's matriculation at USC-Berkeley to their present middle age. Read full book review >
POWER, PRIVILEGE, AND THE POST by Carol Felsenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 1993

"Skin-deep on the Post's influence—yet compulsively fascinating on the woman who constantly surprised the men who underestimated her. (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
In her latest of a series of studies of formidable women, Felsenthal (Alice Roosevelt Longworth, 1988, etc.) profiles the longtime Washington Post and Newsweek publisher, often called ``the most powerful woman in the world.'' As the now-retired Graham writes her memoirs, she will surely feel aggrieved by this massive, often unsparing biography. Read full book review >

MURDOCH by William Shawcross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 1993

"A worldly-wise rundown on a visionary magnate."
A thoroughly professional report on the rise and near fall of Rupert Murdoch as the planet's ranking multimedia baron. Read full book review >
THE SEWING ROOM by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Generic goodwill, in appetizing bites."
Spiritual embroidery on everyday themes, with the accent on love and compassion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"The accessible text has charts and graphs throughout (not seen)."
An informed assessment of what's in store for the computer industry now that IBM is no longer showing the way. Read full book review >
OUTERCOURSE by Mary Daly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Nothing new for Daly fans, and little help to Daly scholars: Like all good preachers, Daly reveals very little of herself in the end."
Charming Daly (Feminist Ethics/Boston College; Pure Lust, 1984; Gyn/Ecology, 1978, etc.) gives us her side of the story in this ``account of my time/space travels and ideas.'' Daly has always dispensed pretty strong medicine, and in the last few years seems to have opened her own sanatorium: This book employs the same fractured vocabulary and inverted syntax that she established as her lingua franca in Gyn/Ecology. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Benny blows—and the angels sing."
Goodman (1909-86) bestrides the Swing Era in this stirring portrait that focuses largely on the clarinetist's wonder years during the 30's and 40's—though his childhood as a musical prodigy and his later years following the death of the big bands get their due. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"A song of the streets, fortissimo."
Angry autobiography of a Mexican-American who survived the gang wars of the late 60's and early 70's. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"The scrupulously documented text has 16 pages of photos (not seen)."
An illuminating, unsentimental biography of William H. Gates III, youthful cofounder of Microsoft—the multibillion-dollar enterprise that dominates the world of PC software. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >