Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

JOE MORGAN by Joe Morgan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 1993

"A winner all the way. (Photographs)"
Acutely intelligent baseball memoir by retired second-baseman Morgan, now a commentator for ESPN, and freelance baseball writer Falkner (The Short Season, 1986). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 1993

"The subtlety and richness of Till's argument cannot be conveyed by prÇcis: A feast for the intellectually adventurous. (Photographs—not seen)"
An erudite mix of music, history, philosophy, biography, sociology, and even depth psychology—adding up to a triumphant study of Mozart's supreme masterworks. Read full book review >

ORNETTE COLEMAN by John Litweiler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1993

"Litweiler focuses strongly on the music, though if one hasn't heard it, no words can describe it—and newcomers will find it tough to follow the overload of ever- shifting personnel changes. (Eight page of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Life of the innovative, ``free jazz'' composer-musician that attempts to place him among the gods with Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 16, 1993

"A tip of the hat to this playful yet thought-provoking work. (Fifty-two illustrations)"
Robinson (English/University of San Diego; Comic Moments, 1992, etc.—not reviewed) traces the cultural significance of the bowler hat from 1850 to the present—in a study as lighthearted and charming as its subject. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 13, 1993

"Unlikely to change the minds of hard-liners on either side of the gun debate; but, still, a fascinating study of the practical application of political power."
Beginning with the story of ``Eddie'' Purdy, who killed five children in a California schoolyard and then turned his AK-47 assault rifle on himself, Davidson (Broken Heartland, 1990) writes what at first seems an emotional antigun tract. Read full book review >

JAZZMAN by Robert Hilbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"Once underway, tremendously entertaining."
From the president of the International Society of Jazz Record Collectors: a life of great jazz clarinetist Pee Wee Russell (1909- 69), who cut the figure of a legendary drinker and inspired player but who during his life was at once reviled for incompetence and respected for genius. Read full book review >
HITTER by Ed Linn
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"An unsentimental appraisal that succeeds in giving human dimensions to a baseball legend and in putting fresh luster on his fabled achievements. (Photographs—not seen.)"
An unusually thoughtful sports bio that puts the accomplishments and contentious nature of Ted Williams into clear perspective. Read full book review >
THE LAND WHERE THE BLUES BEGAN by Alan Lomax
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"The devil's own music gets its due. (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
Singingly well-written cornbread-and-moonshine odyssey of folk-archivist Lomax's second swing through the Mississippi Delta in search of seminal blues songs and players, this time during early WW II. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Enough for a game perhaps, but far short of set or match. (Eight-page photo insert.)"
A decade after his account of life on the men's tour (Short Circuit, 1983), journalist/novelist Mewshaw (True Crime, 1991, etc.) turns his attention to the women's game—in a frequently insightful, but surprisingly tepid, chronicle of the 1992 season. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"A fine and revealing report on economic man at work and play on a field of dreams."
Assuming that Bismarck was correct in his judgment that citizens should not see how either their sausages or laws are made, baseball fans might be well advised to eschew reports like the absorbing one at hand—which documents the many ways in which the national pastime is, at the major-league level, more a commercial venture than a sport. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Gracelessly written but stimulating study that could induce TV critics—and addicts—to redefine the meaning and impact of the medium in their lives."
In an impassioned rebuttal to those who complain that TV enslaves millions of zombielike viewers, freelancer Davis (Newsweek, Vanity Fair, etc.) argues that we neither passively receive—nor are much influenced by—our changing and complex TV technology. Read full book review >
SERIOUS FUN by Robert Edelman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"An informed and informative appraisal of what the Western sports community once viewed as the Big Red Machine. (Twenty halftones—some seen)"
An agreeable and enlightening overview of spectator sports in the Soviet Union from the 1917 revolution through Communism's collapse. 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 >