Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

MY UNFORGETTABLE SEASON--1970 by Red Holzman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A poorly prepared, seemingly off-the-cuff account. (Photos—not seen.)"
The ex-coach of the New York Knicks looks back in meandering fashion at his team's first championship, which capped one of the most exciting seasons in basketball history. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"An entertaining look at pro golf's lighter side. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Delightful recollections of Jacobsen's 17 years as a touring golf pro, emphasizing his role as one of the great characters of the game. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"Fun at the outset, but most seats will be empty by the seventh-inning stretch."
Unmemorable memoir by a former Hollywood writer and producer (M*A*S*H; Cheers) who chucks it all in middle age to become a baseball announcer. Read full book review >
BASEBALL IN THE AFTERNOON by Robert Smith
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Elegant, lovingly detailed all-star memories. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Mellifluous essays on the dawn of baseball, by a veteran sportswriter (My Life in the North Woods, 1986, etc.). ``When I inhale the full and mellow fragrance of a new baseball glove,'' writes Smith, ``I find it easy to summon the light of other years around me.'' His evocation begins with his own youth: playing sandlot games with a ball wrapped in black friction tape and watching it crash through a neighbor's window; visiting the Red Sox dugout, where he sees ``an exceptionally happy looking'' Babe Ruth. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A sorry, well-told tale that sheds considerable light on how corrupt corporate insiders in league with underworld gangsters managed to beat some potentially bad raps, thanks mainly to government forbearance. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A journalist's harsh review of a federal case that, he believes, brought far too few white-collar scofflaws and mobsters to justice. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"A fine baseball-as-business book for those with no head for business."
Another entry in one of the hot topics of the year, baseball as big business—and potential bust. Read full book review >
CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM by Edward W. Said
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

Said's latest book largely reiterates his familiar argument for cultural recognition of the "Other" (more cogently marshalled in his Orientalism, 1978), particularly the colonized "Other" that has been molded in popular perception by the crucial (to Said) element of Western imperialism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 1993

"EWSLUGB stands at center stage. (Photographs.)"
Big bio of Louis B. Mayer, the most thorough ever, from the tireless Higham (The Duchess of Windsor, 1988, and lives of Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn, and others). Read full book review >
MANUTE by Leigh Montville
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Oddly touching and funny: a captivating look at a unique individual. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
With humor, a touch of pathos, and equal amounts of jock-talk and social history, Sports Illustrated senior writer Montville tells how 7'7'' Manute Bol went from cow-tender in the Sudan to multimillionaire shot-blocker for basketball's Philadelphia 76ers. Read full book review >
AT YOUR OWN RISK by Derek Jarman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 21, 1993

"For readers fresh to the fray, the title tells all. (Eighteen b&w photographs.)"
Patchy memoir by gay British filmmaker Jarman, who tested HIV- positive five years ago, has survived a handful of illnesses, and is still going strong. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 19, 1993

"As polyrhythmic as Carnival itself: an artful blend of music, politics, and the land; a maelstrom of sounds and images from which Krich concocts an intriguing picture of Brazil."
Everything you ever wanted to know about samba and the kindred sounds of Brazil, told with the neurotic hipness that leavens Krich's best writing (El BÇisbol, 1989, etc.). 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 >
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 >