Biography & Memoir Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"A pleasure for students of modern history, especially useful for those seeking an introduction to the broad field of intellectual history. Barzun, Berlin, and Needham would likely argue at points, but this fits squarely in their tradition."
A broad survey of the ideas that have driven modern history since the 19th century—and on account of which millions of lives have been changed for good or ill. Read full book review >
TEACHING PLATO IN PALESTINE by Carlos Fraenkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Fresh, iconoclastic, stimulating debates."
A valiant attempt to provoke philosophical questions about identity and purpose in unlikely hotspots. Read full book review >

BUCKLEY AND MAILER by Kevin M. Schultz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"In a book rich in anecdote and insight, Schultz assays their relationship splendidly."
A perceptive analysis of the evolution of political cultures that infuses a dissection of the contradictions within liberal and conservative thought with revealing character studies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2015

"Excellent from start to finish, demanding a soundtrack of Stax hits as background listening."
Intellectually complex life of Otis Redding (1941-1967), the doomed King of Soul. Read full book review >
NAKED AT LUNCH by Mark Haskell Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A thoughtful and entertaining analysis of why so many still want to ditch their clothes and let it all hang out."
An open-minded writer drops his skivvies at various locations around the world in an amusing and earnest attempt to understand the appeal of nudism. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bountiful literary history that maps the work of 'an intellectual orchestra, a gathering of sparkling talents in a common cause, each participant the master of his own chosen field.'"
How a "circle of instigators" thrived in mid-20th-century England. Read full book review >
THE THEFT OF MEMORY by Jonathan Kozol
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A compassionate, cathartic, and searingly intimate chronicle of a crippling condition."
An errant son memorializes the devastating impact of his father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Read full book review >
STALIN'S DAUGHTER by Rosemary Sullivan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"The author manages suspense and intrigue at every turn."
A biography of haunting fascination portrays its subject as a pawn of historical circumstance who tried valiantly to create her own life. Read full book review >
SPECTACLE by Pamela Newkirk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"An inspired and moving work of intrepid scholarship."
A shocking tale of a young African taken from his home for the purposes of Western science throws into relief the turn-of-the-century's ill-conceived intentions and prejudice. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"With concussions from sports injuries making the news, Elliott's easy-to-read account of his experiences is a valuable contribution to a better understanding of the condition."
Up-close view of living with the harrowing effects of a concussion by a professor of artificial intelligence who kept thorough notes of the experience and shares what he learned about overcoming his severe disabilities. Read full book review >
THE GREAT DETECTIVE by Zach Dundas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bright read for Sherlock's fans."
A lively look at the enduring detective. Read full book review >
GEORGE THE DOG, JOHN THE ARTIST by John Dolan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A disarmingly modest yet profound tale of redemption."
The story of a desperately poor Londoner and a twice-abandoned Staffordshire bull terrier named George poses the question, "Who rescued whom?" 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 >