History Book Reviews (page 919)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Well-researched, engrossing, and admirably objective, Shalom, Friend is a significant contribution."
An absorbing portrait of the remarkable life of the late Israeli Prime Minister. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Hundreds of actors wander on and off stage in a sweeping narrative that deftly underscores the crisis of confidence now troubling our political system. (Author tour)"
A sobering and sometimes maddening play-by-play of Bill Clinton's abortive crusade to reform health care. Read full book review >

THE DECENT SOCIETY by Avishai Margalit
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"Like a crossword puzzle, an ingeniously constructed matrix that cannot quite rise above being just a clever diversion."
Down to the last detail, an overly theoretical and abstract elaboration of exactly what would and would not comprise a decent society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Nash's well-researched reporting of Hoover's public life in 191718 should be of interest to scholars, but for the general reader, an entire volume covering two years in Hoover's life may offer more detail than they need. (41 photos, not seen)"
The third volume of Nash's definitive biography further enhances the stature of a too often disparaged great American. Read full book review >
VIETNAMERICA by Thomas A. Bass
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1996

"The Amerasian story deserves to be told in a better- researched, less personalized manner."
A sympathetic, anecdotal look at the sad stories of a dozen or so Amerasian children of the Vietnam war, by a writer who feels the need to include himself in his narrative. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 1996

"Kramer is knowledgeable and he writes well, and it is not his fault, though it is Russia's tragedy, that his account tails off into something close to despair. (An excerpt from this book was included in Best American Essays 1994.)"
A vivid personal journey into the question of how Communism ruined farming in the Soviet Union, and an indication that we should not look for improvement any time soon. Read full book review >
THE MAZE by Lucy Rees
NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1996

"While it relies too heavily on a vague, New Age mysticism, this slender book is nonetheless an engaging and unique travelogue. (illustrations)"
Rees, a horse trainer with a love of travel, offers a rambling account of her adventure in the wilds of the Old West. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1996

"An elder eminence's meagerly substantiated but righteously framed prescriptions for creating collective heavens on earth."
Always more of a critic than a scholar, Galbraith (The Culture of Contentment, 1992, etc.) here offers an exiguous primer on what, in his unabashedly partisan view, would constitute an attainably good society. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1996

"Kimmage's tale of divided loyalties is a timely reminder of the need to reassess the Cold War's legacy at home as well as abroad. (19 b&w photos, not seen)"
Or, I Was a Teenage Communist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 1996

"Students of the Information Age will find little new here, but Winograd and Buffa still offer useful points for debate."
When the machines of the information society take over, will the old political machine throw a rod? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1996

"A dry and sometimes narrow work of history, meant for a specialist audience. (23 illustrations, not seen)"
Harvard historian Sullivan carefully details the impact of Roosevelt's later New Deal in the Old South, noting that any step forward often meant two steps back. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1996

"Many stories have been shared about casualties of the Cultural Revolution, but Sun-Childers's stands out for its unique childhood perspective and its probing treatment of the loss of innocence. (photos, not seen)"
The intelligent and affecting memoir of a young woman who grew up during the Chinese Cultural Revolution and managed to thrive despite its horrors. 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 >