Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

LENI RIEFENSTAHL by Leni Riefenstahl
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"Hard to swallow, even with a grain of salt. (Forty pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A sad and stupendously flat reminiscence by the doyenne of the German cinema, who even now seems unwilling to admit that she backed the wrong horse in 1933. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"There's a definite need for a serious and thorough history of country music, always a poor stepchild in musical scholarship, but this isn't it. (Photographs—192 b&w)"
Attractively produced but flawed history of women in country music from the turn of the century to today, by anthropologist/social-worker Bufwack and Nashville Tennessean music-reporter Oermann. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 21, 1993

"A profound work that will hook readers from the start."
A bold and eloquent work in which New York Times editorial page director Raines (Whiskey Man, My Soul Is Rested—both 1977) looks at his obsession with fly fishing as cause, symptom, and remedy for the woes of middle-aging. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

Engrossing account of the early career of a promising country singer, from small-town beginnings to careful grooming as potential superstar. Read full book review >
MORE MEMORIES by Ralph Emery
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Captivating, and likely to capture another top rung on bestseller lists. (For a less satisfied glance at Emery's life, see Skeeter Davis's Bus Fare to Kentucky, reviewed above.) (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Emery and Carter prove lightning can strike in the same place twice: Witness this scintillating follow-up to their 1991 megabestseller, Memories. Read full book review >

A PLACE ON THE WATER by Jerry Dennis
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Smooth, with a gently impressionistic touch—like easy- listening radio for anglers. (Line illustrations—some seen)"
Pleasant essays—five of which won first-prize awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America—on a youth spent fishing and canoeing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan, by Dennis (It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, 1992—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Not for casual readers—but sure to get stock-car enthusiasts' engines running."
Golenbock, best known for baseball histories (Fenway, 1992; The Forever Boys, 1991, etc.), now turns his diligent attention to stock-car racing—a sport he calls ``chess on wheels.'' In what's primarily an oral history patched together with generous helpings of his own commentary, Golenbock enthusiastically examines the history, personalities, and ins-and-outs of NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 4, 1993

"Not quite enough lore to go with the legends, but this should make the faithful dewy-eyed. (Sixteen page photo insert—not seen)"
The late Ed ``Moose'' Krause spent 60 years at Notre Dame, 32 as its athletic director. Read full book review >
A WOMAN'S VIEW by Jeanine Basinger
Released: Sept. 2, 1993

"And no doubt the 45 b&w illustrations will boost reader interest."
Serious, extended study of the woman's film during the three decades of its heyday (1930-60), filled with both obscure and well- remembered titles. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Well-done popular history that will delight older fans while providing a solid introduction to newer students of the game. (One hundred b&w photos—not seen)"
An informal retrospective on pro football in the 1960's, skillfully blending facts, figures, and historical analysis with a fan's joyful nostalgia. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fields' influence has been subtler and more pervasive''). (Fifty photos—not seen)"
Long-winded but unrevealing bio of Jewish-American vaudevillian Lew Fields, who produced Rodgers and Hart's first successes and fathered lyricist Dorothy Fields (``I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby'') and musical librettists Herbert and Joseph Fields. Read full book review >
HANDEL'S MESSIAH by Richard Luckett
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A Handelian home run."
A joyous but far from superficial paean to Handel's beloved masterwork. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
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 >