Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 21, 2004

"Literate, sophisticated, and plenty ticked-off: vintage Lapham, and a ringing endorsement of First Amendment freedoms."
The noted contrarian takes on a presidency that seems devoted to taking the path of least resistance. Read full book review >
THE IRRESPONSIBLE SELF by James Wood
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2004

"A miscellany, then—and an unusually rich and satisfying one."
A theory of distinctively "modern" comedy is and isn't consistently addressed in this provocative gathering of 21 recent (1999-2003) reviews by the stylish critic (The Broken Estate, 1999, etc.) and novelist (The Book Against God, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2004

"An eye-opening look at the intersection of art and political power."
A revealing portrait of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75), who managed to keep skin and soul intact during the worst years of the Soviet terror. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2004

"What's gained here is the pleasure of watching exemplary reporting illuminate a fascinating crossroads of American popular art and commerce."
On the hundredth anniversary of the naming of Times Square, journalist Traub (City on a Hill, 1994, etc.) traces the colorful history of America's premier theater district and appraises its most recent makeover by Disney and other global corporate brands. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2004

"As drug-crazed, booze-swilling megalomaniacs go, Yetnikoff makes excellent company."
Yetnikoff, head of CBS Records Group from the mid-'70s through the '80s, looks back on his addled joyride at the top of the American music business. Read full book review >

SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA by Lynne Cox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An otherworldly existence brought hugely to life."
An awesome study in immersion from long-distance swimmer Cox. Read full book review >
ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Patrick McGilligan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Master-ful. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The Master of Suspense finally gets an authoritative life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 9, 2003

"Godspeed, Colin Angus, and may there soon be another river to fire your hapless exuberance and your readers' good fortune."
You'd think he would have learned from his Amazon misadventure, but humorously intrepid river runner Angus (Amazon Extreme, 2002) is back on the wildwater, this time following the mighty Yenisey. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 10, 2003

"A monumental piece of work, stuffed to the gills with both clean and dirty secrets, certain to be de rigueur poolside reading in Beverly Hills this summer."
The story of MCA and its unrivaled influence on the culture and business of entertainment under perhaps the most powerful man about whom most Americans know nothing. Read full book review >
MONEYBALL by Michael Lewis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 3, 2003

"Has Lewis spilled Beane's beans? Maybe so, but considering the mulish dispositions of baseball's scouts and front offices, they'll miss the boat again."
A solid piece of iconoclasm: the intriguing tale of Major League baseball's oddfellows—the low-budget but winning Oakland Athletics. Read full book review >
THE TEAMMATES by David Halberstam
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 14, 2003

"A string of pearly anecdotes that reverberate far beyond the diamond."
Affectionate, informed, and smooth-as-cream portrait of four Boston Red Sox greats and their abiding friendship over many years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2003

"An important, vindicatory contribution to music history, restoring Morton to the high station he deserves in American jazz. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
Aided by a trove of uncovered historical documents, two veteran Chicago Tribune journalists sweep aside demeaning caricatures regarding the great jazz composer and pianist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >