Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Benny blows—and the angels sing."
Goodman (1909-86) bestrides the Swing Era in this stirring portrait that focuses largely on the clarinetist's wonder years during the 30's and 40's—though his childhood as a musical prodigy and his later years following the death of the big bands get their due. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Sarno, despite his genuine affection for the Pygmies, is a puzzling figure who unintentionally reveals more about himself than about the Pygmies, whom he seems to see through all-too-Western eyes."
Sarno, an American, heads for the rain forest of the Central African Republic. Read full book review >

HAUNTS OF THE BLACK MASSEUR by Charles Sprawson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Positively liquescent with brilliant images and insights. (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
One of the strangest and most stylish books of the year: a cultural history of swimming, by a dealer in 19th-century paintings. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An invigorating, world-class ride down some tricky and rewarding terrain."
The 80-mile-an-hour exploits of the US Men's Downhill Ski Team propel this bracing report from Miami Herald staffer Wilson (coauthor, Maximum Morphonius, 1990). Read full book review >
PAUL McCARTNEY by Ross Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Solid Beatleiana, to be set on the shelf alongside Alan Clayson's Ringo Starr (p. 823). (Forty b&w photographs.)"
``Will you still love me when I'm 64?'' wrote Beatle Paul on the Sgt Pepper album (1967). ``Perhaps not,'' readers of this thoughtful biography may reply, especially if the McCartney (now 51) whom British journalist Benson presents doesn't soon loosen up a bit. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"Braunbehrens has done much necessary spadework—but a sharper, more graceful writer, Ö la Ernest Newman in his magisterial Gluck and the Opera, should now make us want to learn the music. (Twenty illustrations.)"
Despite the sexy title, this is no mere refutation of the Amadeus canard about poisoning Mozart, but a serious study by Braunbehrens (Mozart in Vienna, 1990) of Antonio Salieri's musical output, primarily the numerous operas that during his lifetime (1750-1825) were performed throughout Europe. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"More or less a long press release for Coach K and Duke, as Brill mechanically recounts events, taking almost everything said by the coach at face value. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Here, the Duke Blue Devils' back-to-back NCAA basketball championships (1991-92) are given superficial treatment by Brill, past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Devils coach Krzyzewski. Read full book review >
THE JAZZ SCENE by Eric Hobsbawm
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Podium chat backed by a snare drum's whispering percipience."
Intelligently written and updated study of American jazz first published in Britain 30 years ago (under the pseudonym Francis Newton) by Marxist social historian Hobsbawm (Nations and Nationalism Since 1780, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CITY IN SLANG by Irving Lewis Allen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A good read that puts on airs: Allen should have dropped the philology and stuck to his chronicle of the urban scene. (Six halftones, 12 line drawings.)"
A professor goes slumming through the dives and byways of Gotham, Ö la Henry Higgins, to hear what people have to say and to tell us what it means. Read full book review >
STRAVINSKY by Robert Craft
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"But for those with an already established interest in the diverse outpourings of a genius, nearly indispensable. (Illustrations.)"
A brilliant hodgepodge of pieces about the life and art of the 20th century's greatest composer, by his longtime associate and amanuensis. Read full book review >
MUSIC CITY BABYLON by Scott Faragher
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Straightforward writing, unique anecdotes, and everything you're not supposed to know about the music biz. (Twenty-four pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A Machiavellian manual on what's really happening in the Nashville music industry—including the stars stripped of glitz. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Intellectual history at its most stimulating—teeming with insights into American violence, politics, class, and race."
Concluding a trilogy that began with Regeneration Through Violence (1973) and The Fatal Environment (1985), Slotkin (English/Wesleyan Univ.) now offers a subtle and wide-ranging examination how America's fascination with the frontier has affected its culture and politics in this century. 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 >