Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

VIVALDI by H.C. Robbins Landon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"No fluff—just the facts and an invitation to explore the music. (Thirty illustrations)"
Short in length but long on scholarship, a ``life and works'' of the 18th-century Venetian master that belongs on the shelf of every serious music student. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Brilliantly written. (Includes a select discography, filmography, and videography)"
Essential biographical guide to composer/bandleader Duke Ellington's music, analyzing its development year by year with sidebar essays on the best recordings. Read full book review >

INSIDE THE HELMET by Peter King
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A bit uneven, but fun for those who love the game."
What goes into the ``X's'' and ``O's''—the art and the science—of football? Read full book review >
I'M STILL SCRAMBLING by Randall Cunningham
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"While Cunningham seemingly tries to respond to his critics here, not sidestepping the tough questions, his answers ring a little hollow and self-serving, even for a sports memoir."
In a candid if once-over-lightly effort, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Cunningham tells his side of the story of the firing of coach Buddy Ryan, the controversy over Cunningham's replacement by Jim McMahon, Cunningham's volatile relationship with his teammates, and his record-setting performances on the field. Read full book review >
GIFFORD by Frank Gifford
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Like the man himself, this long-awaited memoir by football Hall-of-Famer and broadcaster Gifford is a measured, straightforward, good-natured piece of work. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A clever, disciplined, and resourceful reading of the commonplace: a pioneering study that, though somewhat academic, will no doubt influence more popular studies. (Eight halftones, eight line drawings)"
To this original and erudite study, Lott (American Studies/University of Virginia) brings a mass of obscure information and a multidisciplinary approach, interpreting the meaning of black-face minstrelsy to the white working classes who invented and performed it. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana University; College Sports Inc., 1990) does in this exceptional, exhaustive history of Notre Dame football what he does best: dash myths and penetrate to systemic corruption and hypocrisy, all the while maintaining an implicit love for collegiate athletics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A winner for sure, but less blindly battered and pain-ridden than Art Linson's arias in A Pound of Flesh (reviewed above)."
Hypnotically frank, though not for the ages, the memoirs of movie producer Steel; or, Horatio Alger Walks through Lions in Darkest Hollywood—and gets killed but not eaten. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Intimate story of Harry, Jack, Albert, and Sam Warner and how they rose from immigrant rags to Hollywood riches by founding the Warner Brothers Studio—as told by Harry's granddaughter and family archivist Sperling, who spent 11 years researching, aided by Millner and with contributions by Jack Warner Jr., Ronald Reagan, and others. Read full book review >
JAZZ by James Lincoln Collier
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Bound to blow fresh winds through the jazz academy—and to please those interested in watching the feathers fly."
Ten philosophical essays on issues in jazz scholarship from jazz-historian and children's author Collier (author of controversial biographies of Armstrong, Ellington, and Goodman, among other works). Read full book review >
A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN...OR TOO TIRED FOR AN AFFAIR by Erma Bombeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"Overall, though, this is as light as a feather—and could float to the top of the lists. (First printing of 500,000)"
Bombeck (When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home, 1991, etc.) is in top form here, detonating snappy one- liners throughout this account of her 40-plus years of marriage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"Still, gratitude is owed Alyn for preserving Lipscomb's remarkable story. (Photos)"
The oral autobiography of black East Texas farmer and songster Mance Lipscomb—a life that's one of the great American stories. 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 >