History Book Reviews (page 918)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1996

"In the end, the preaching is directed to the choir, no matter how good the oratory may be."
Liberal pulpit-pounding from a young master of the exploding what's-wrong-with- America genre. ``People are tired of being preached to, from the Left and Right,'' talk-radio host Smiley observes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1996

"But as society reshuffles the balance between individual and community rights in the service of policy, this book—never mind its flaws—may just help pave the theoretical way. (Author tour)"
A muffled clarion call to deliberately vague action resounds in this philosophical and political attack on autonomy. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 1996

"Nothing less than the definitive account of the Pentagon Papers case. (37 b&w photographs)"
Set to come out on the 25th anniversary of the New York Times's publication of the Pentagon Papers—the 7,000-page secret history of the government's Vietnam War decision-making commissioned by Robert S. McNamara in 1967—Rudenstine's book is a remarkable achievement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 1996

"Compelling characters like Elad and the loyal army secretary who lies for generals and prime ministers (and lies down with them) offer dramatic potential, but the possibilities are not exploited by Teveth's flat writing style."
An overlong recounting of a long-past Israeli political scandal. Read full book review >
HEAVEN AND EARTH by Steve Wick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 1996

"Storm warnings cloud the North Fork farming forecast, much as they did for Peter Matthiessen's fishers in Men's Lives."
Wick's (Bad Company: Drugs, Hollywood, and the Cotton Club Murder, 1990) elegiac story of the farmers on the North Fork of New York's Long Island, whose centuries-old way of life is approaching a sorry finale. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 1996

"An uncommonly sensible and evenhanded reckoning."
An upbeat and forceful audit that persuasively documents the many ways in which corporate America meets its actual and presumptive social responsibilities. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1996

"This accessible biography presents a much fuller historical picture of this near-mythic American hero. (maps, not seen) (Book- of-the-Month Club alternate/History Book Club main selection)"
An admiring and dutiful account of the military exploits of the Civil War hero and leader of the Seventh Cavalry at the ill- fated battle of the Little Bighorn. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1996

"An important contribution to our understanding of the last 40 years in Russia, even if one can't avoid the thought that it was never quite so clear at the time. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
Valuable insight into developments in the Soviet Union since the death of Stalin, by a former Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press, Newsweek, and US News and World Report (for which he now serves as Paris bureau chief). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1996

"A book that may speak to a small audience, but that speaks eloquently and sanely all the same."
A thoughtful, good-natured critique of the left by one of its longstanding supporters. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 1996

"A Euroskeptic's bleak reckoning of protectionism's appallingly high price."
A concerned conservative's astute appreciation of the possible consequences of a continuing shift in the balance of economic power from Occident to Orient. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 1996

"The controversy, however, does nothing to diminish Lazare's accomplishment in bringing to light an important episode in the history of the 20th century. (Author tour)"
A challenge to traditional views of Jewish passivity in the face of the Holocaust. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 1996

"A passionate, often sanctimonious denunciation of the Soviet Union that dwells more on the past than the future."
Reluctant to relinquish America's Cold War mentality, a veteran journalist revives our image of the Soviet Union as the evil empire we loved to hate. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >