Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2003

"Sheer heaven for movie buffs."
Superb bio of the high living, larger-than-life film producer, spellbindingly detailed by Harper's Bazaar European editor Fraser-Cavassoni. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2003

"Just the thing for spring training, and a lovely farewell gift from a clear-headed and passionate thinker."
In this sparkling collection, the late paleontologist and popular science essayist (The Hedgehog, the Fox, and the Magister's Pox, see above) gathers random writings on one of his many passions: baseball. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2002

"But Murdoch is nothing if not a survivor, and Chenoweth's lively biography pays due respect to a slippery but tenacious fellow."
A roller-coaster ride through the life and self-made world of the Australian billionaire. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2002

"A pleasure for practitioners, and a rewarding entertainment for the armchair swashbucklers and varlet-tamers among us."
A literate, learned, and, beg pardon, razor-sharp history of fencing and kindred martial arts, by an English Olympian and saber master. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Trenchant film-by-film analysis from an author clearly in love with his subject. A compelling introduction to one of Hollywood's golden eras."
Companion volume to LaSalle's Complicated Ladies (2000), about female stars of Hollywood's aesthetically rich pre-Code era. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A human sunrise."
Pure gold, as Zollo does a Studs Terkel on Old Hollywood. Read full book review >
FAITH IN TIME by David  Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"An invaluable life narrative of a key jazz stylist that raises disturbing questions about the shabby treatment accorded Scott's musical generation."
The moving, startling tale of a near-forgotten jazz master's return from oblivion. Read full book review >
THE FOUNDING FISH by John McPhee
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"'I'm a shad fisherman,' says McPhee. True, but also a talented portraitist of the fish, a Gilbert Stuart of the species, and a William Hogarth, too, sticking an elbow into the ribs of his obsession."
A blue-chip tour of the American shad from McPhee (Annals of the Former World, 1998, etc.), maestro of the extended essay, if not the fly rod. Read full book review >
THE PARTLY CLOUDY PATRIOT by Sarah Vowell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 5, 2002

"Refreshing, inspiring, enchanting."
Pop-culture commentator Vowell (Take the Cannoli, 2000) offers an engrossing take on suddenly sexy topic of love of country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As breath-stopping as the event itself. (140 drawings and photographs)"
A heady, rushing account of the outrageous high-wire act performed by Petit, on August 7, 1974, between the World Trade Center towers. Read full book review >
ON THE WATER by Nathaniel Stone
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 9, 2002

"Stone rows his boat into a work of art."
In an impeccable piece of travel-writing, newcomer Stone travels by rowboat on a course that turns the eastern US into a big island that he transportingly circumnavigates. Read full book review >
FRENCH REVOLUTIONS by Tim Moore
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 2002

"Outstanding: a must for cycling enthusiasts and recommended to lovers and haters of France, general sports fans, or anyone who has ever cheated at anything."
An amusing British writer creates a lively swirl of action and observation as he bicycles the route of the 2000 Tour de France. 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 >