Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

OTTO PREMINGER by Foster Hirsch
Released: Oct. 21, 2007

"Executed with the conviction and meticulousness of a Preminger production."
Richly embroidered biography of the legendary stage and film director with an incendiary temper and uneven legacy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Brilliant, illuminating and essential."
Rich, incisive analysis of the surreality of American life in the wake of 9/11. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Not just a masterful and engaging piece of film scholarship, but a gripping cultural and social history of the United States in the 20th century."
Academy Award-winning screenwriter Norman (Shakespeare in Love) enthusiastically traces the peculiar history of screenwriting in Hollywood. Read full book review >
(NOT THAT YOU ASKED) by Steve Almond
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"Biting humor, honesty, smarts and heart: Vonnegut himself would have been proud."
What do Joyce Carol Oates, snotty bloggers, right-wing radio freaks and a VH-1 reality show have in common? They all get on this author's nerves—and thank goodness. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 17, 2007

"Both compassionate and critical."
The swift rise to international celebrity and decades-long decline into profound obscurity of eccentric Hungarian pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi. Read full book review >

Released: July 1, 2007

"Essential for anyone interested in racial issues and the history of American filmmaking; a well researched, passionately felt and endlessly fascinating look at a singular American life."
The frankly amazing story of the black D.W. Griffith. Read full book review >
Released: June 6, 2007

"Brown's passionate, über-detailed study of pop's scariest visionary is just about as good as a music bio can get."
Shining the spotlight on one of modern music's most shadowy—and, frankly, most nutty—figures. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2007

"First-rate social and theatrical history combined with a dash of Shakespearian critical appreciation: a noteworthy story."
From British journalist Cliff, a lapidary chronicle of a drama turned deadly: the 1849 brawl in front of the New York's Astor Place Theater that resulted in more than 20 deaths. Read full book review >
IGGY by Paul Trynka
Released: April 10, 2007

"The author's love for a flawed-but-deep-down-okay dude, plus his amazing eye for detail, make this one of the finest rock bios of recent memory: Music and pop culture fans will dig it even if they don't dig Ig."
Is it possible to adore a rock star who has been known to throw watermelons at concertgoers, defecate onstage behind an amplifier and purposefully cut his bare chest with a shard of glass? You betcha. Read full book review >
NOT BY A LONG SHOT by T.D. Thornton
Released: April 2, 2007

"A fitting tribute to the race course that once featured Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Discovery and Whirlaway."
Terrific portrait of the 2000 season at Suffolk Downs, a mid-level, blue-collar, East Boston racetrack. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2007

"A brisk, wised-up and highly entertaining consideration of a crucial musical epoch's many facets."
A key producer of England's folk-rock greats looks back at the '60s. 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 >