Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Certainly a labor of love, and all the more valuable for holding the Fabs to the highest critical standards."
An ideal pathfinder on the Beatles' long and winding road from moptops to magi—insightful, informative, contentious, and as ambitious and surprising as its heroes. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Well flavored with wonderful passages on the foods, the people, the travel from village to city, and the joys and frustrations of daily life in a foreign land. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sunny, refreshing season of pro basketball in the Lega Pallenestro Italiano. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Telander's oddly muted admiration combined with jaundiced cynicism spike any punch the book might have had, but despite the confused viewpoint, his analysis of the program's transformation is sound and sturdy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
How the University of Wisconsin athletic department went from a debt-ridden mess in 1990 to one of the healthiest programs in the country, capped by its once hapless football team's stunning 1994 Rose Bowl victory. Read full book review >
BACK TO THE BATCAVE by Adam West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Holy Publishing Event,'' but there's good fun for Batfans."
An amiably ungrandiose, entertaining memoir of TV's Batman by the Caped Crusader himself. Read full book review >
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN CULTURE by Robert M. Crunden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Leavening common information with uncommon insights and skillfully managing—without directly addressing—the difficulties of its mission, Crunden's work should provoke fine conversations on what Americans might want to say next."
Reworking a book first published abroad, Crunden (American Civilization/Univ. of Texas at Austin) provides readers in these United States with a useful overview of their cultural history. Read full book review >

WE BOMBED IN BURBANK by Vance Muse
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, a small tale well told."
An entertaining autopsy of a failed NBC TV drama/comedy. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"He depicts tough, hard-working men living with privation and pain for the sake of eight seconds of furious heroics."
A grueling year on the rodeo circuit with the bronc busters and bull riders who keep alive what Johnson calls America's ``most powerful myth.'' Joe Wimberley of Cool, Tex., is typical of the rodeo riders of the new Old West, says Johnson, Denver bureau chief of the New York Times. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 1994

"Motown historians will glean little new about Reeves's life; fans of the kiss-and-tell genre will be disappointed by the dearth of dirt. (Three 8-page b&w photo inserts, not seen) (Author tour)"
A less-than-average celebrity memoir of the averagely famous Motown singer, written with the coauthor of Micky Dolenz's I'm a Believer (1993). Read full book review >
CAROL REED by Nicholas Wapshott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Proficiently written and well researched, this book begs a simple question: If Reed's work is for the most part undistinguished, why bother?"
A meticulous but dry biography of the British director, himself a meticulous but dry filmmaker. Read full book review >
JEAN RENOIR by Ronald Bergan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 21, 1994

"A charming work that successfully and lovingly evokes the world of one of the cinema's true giants."
Film historian Bergan (The United Artists Story, not reviewed) contributes a warm and intelligent new biography of the great French filmmaker to the celebration of the centennial of his birth this fall. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"An often dramatic and compelling story that will serve as necessary reading for those who are too young (or too straight) to have been there and which will strike a chord of nostalgia among those who were. (Author tour)"
Selvin has provided an authoritative account full of rich details (sometimes too many) of the San Francisco music scene from 1965 to 1971. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 15, 1994

"With input from Dennis Cooper, Leslie Dick, Lynne Tillman, and others, this polyglot book edited by two writers and visual artists addresses race, gender, sexuality, and Captain Jean- Luc Picard."
Perhaps the proof that human beings are different from the rest of the animals lies not, as theologians claim, in the existence of a soul, but rather in the existence of poststructuralism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >