Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

THE ICE OPINION by Ice-T
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1994

"You deal from a 150,000 first printing to even make 'em hear you."
Los Angelino rap musician Ice-T unbuttons his shirt about ghetto life and the storm that hit when his song ``Cop Killer'' seemingly fueled a weak-minded kid to murder a cop. Read full book review >
PENNANT RACES by Dave Anderson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1994

"There are contemporary photos throughout the consistently absorbing text."
If baseball championships are sprints, the pennant races that lead to divisional playoffs and/or the World Series are marathons during which literally hundreds of little-remembered events or moments can play important roles in determining outcomes. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ribowski's first-rate take on the national pastime brings to vivid life what Paige and his contemporaries accomplished on their Jim Crow field of dreams. (16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unsentimentally revealing biography of the legendary black pitcher, and a history of the catch-as-catch-can Negro leagues where he first flourished. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Fine fare for fans old and young."
Engaging reminiscences from an aging writer for whom the national pastime has been, if not a grand passion, at least a serious preoccupation. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"If his all-star handbook can't make casual fans masters of the game, it could at least enhance their credibility as second-guessers in season and out. (First printing of 40,000)"
An MVP of a guide to the national pastime from a savvy 17-year veteran of the major leagues who remains an ardent fan in retirement. Read full book review >

THE PUCCINI COMPANION by William Weaver
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Lovers of Puccini and Italian opera at every level of interest and knowledge will want this book. (Photographs—not seen)"
Puccini wins the prize for most-maligned great composer. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

Philosophy and history of American background music by pop- culture historian Lanza (Fragile Geometry, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >
PRIDE by Charley Pride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"Filled with wit and grit, an admirable exemplar of the celebrity bio genre."
The first black country music star spins a great life story. Read full book review >
MICK JAGGER by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"Sandford may manage to inch closer to the real Jagger, but only die-hard fans will be caught up in his account."
A sloppily rendered bio of the Rolling Stones' lead singer offers glimpses of a more human Mick Jagger than previously seen, but gets mired in contradictions and the details of the group's long decline. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 1994

"Recommended for students of both sport and society."
A spritely, subtly reasoned consideration of women and sports- -a study that goes beyond the historical record to examine athletics as both a reflection of and a challenge to culturally enforced notions of gender. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"Perhaps too close to the situation, the authors fail to capture what in other hands might have been a unique and inspiring story. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
About one of the NBA's ``bad boys'': an uninspired, sometimes sketchy account of Rodman's relationship with a rural family during his college days in Oklahoma. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"But it hardly matters: he's still one of the game's most interesting personalities. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
Hall-of-Fame cager Walton looks back at his injury-ridden college and NBA career. 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 >