History Book Reviews (page 918)

LONDON AT WAR by Philip Ziegler
NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 1995

"As good a history as we are likely to see of what it meant to be alive in London during the war. (32 pages photos, not seen)"
In the hands of a skillful historian like Ziegler, the reader emerges from this account of London's wartime experiences in at least as benevolent a spirit as the Londoner sweeping away debris at the height of the blitz who remarked that ``if that feller 'Itler keeps on like this, 'e'll get 'isself disliked''. Read full book review >
VOLCANO by Garrett Hongo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 1995

"Lyrical and aching in all the right measures, a finely crafted piece of work distilled to its essence."
A strikingly elegant family history, shot through with a poet's appreciation of Hawaiian geology. Read full book review >

THE EAGLE AND THE ROSE by Rosemary Altea
NON-FICTION
Released: May 19, 1995

"The author's simplicity and patent sincerity will warm the hearts of readers who reserve judgment on Spiritualist phenomena. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured alternate; Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
A moving account by renowned English medium Altea of her life, her preternatural gifts, and the meaning that she sees in these for herself and others. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 1995

"A fascinating look at a transformative event in the history of the British Isles."
In this limpidly written, absorbing text, British historian Marsden recreates the vanished world of Celtic Christianity and the devastating impact upon Hiberno-British monasticism of the first Viking raids. ``From the fury of the Northmen, O Lord, deliver us,'' prayed the monks of Ireland, England, and Scotland during the early Viking Age. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1995

"A good introduction for the layperson; flawed for more serious scholars."
A fluid account of five men who helped shape the American Century. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 1995

"Some unusual insights, but too often simply more of the familiar stories picked up by journalists, related in an excessively talkative style."
This exuberant account of life in post-Communist Czechoslovakia by one of its colorful prodigal sons reads much like a grand extension of its breathless title, but it fails to sustain the same punch and humor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1995

"If, as this insider argues, bespredel represents socialist morality in reverse, then Zhirinovsky mirrors the disturbing realities of that reversal. (11 b&w photos)"
An intriguing look at Russia's most talked about politician. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1995

"A minor tale of the Cold War, but well told."
An unusual biography cum investigation of an academic caught up in a Cold War controversy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1995

"A fitting memorial to the crew of the Black Cat."
A poignant story of a B-24 crew from the selection and training of its members through their spine-tingling combat raids over Germany in WW II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1995

"Rich in incident and anecdote, but Gilbert turns over soil already so thoroughly mined that it is hard to find a nugget."
For all the drama inherent in the story of WW II's end, this is one of the noted British historian's least interesting books. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1995

"The book is written in a rather irritating historic present tense, but it is an important, extraordinarily informed, and comprehensive insight into the grand strategy of the Second World War."
One of the most remarkable books to emerge from the treasure trove of communications between the Germans and the Japanese intercepted by the Allied code breakers in World War II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1995

"The constant reference to intramural academic matters naturally limits the audience, but Genovese's collection offers much of value."
The South rises again—if only in this study of American history. 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 >