History Book Reviews (page 919)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Like a black-and-white war film: sweet, a little corny, unbearably sad."
This epistolary relationship is a throwback to an era of kinder, gentler romances. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Uncommonly sensible and heartfelt perspectives on being green, from a concerned citizen for whom environmentalism has become a matter of enlightened self-interest."
An engaging and thought-provoking memoir from a political conservative whose environmental consciousness was raised during a stint as co-head of a watchdog agency. Read full book review >

GOLDWATER by Lee Edwards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Required reading for Goldwater aficionados, and useful for students of contemporary American politics of whatever stripe. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Edwards, a Goldwater campaign veteran and professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, offers an anecdote- rich portrait of the intellectual and practical godfather of modern American conservatism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Warner's reader-friendly prose exposes some interesting details about the semi-secret war in Laos."
An engagingly written examination of America's not-so-secret war in Laos, told mainly by anecdote, using the colorful stories of a half dozen Americans who played pivotal roles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 30, 1995

"Raack's conclusions may sometimes run ahead of the available evidence, and he may make insufficient allowance for the difficulty the Allies opposing Soviet expansion faced, but this is a useful corrective to much naive, uninformed, and ideologically blinkered history."
A revisionist look at Stalin's foreign policy up to and during WW II that confirms most of the harshest judgments about it, and then some. Read full book review >

THE ASHES OF WACO by Dick J. Reavis
NON-FICTION
Released: July 24, 1995

Rushed to press to catch the wave of summer congressional hearings on the Waco debacle, this account by former Texas Monthly senior editor Reavis may raise a few hackles both within the Beltway and beyond. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 24, 1995

"Fascinating, intimate, and readable in the extreme. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
With the light, revealing touch of a master reporter, Fradkin (Wanderings of an Environmental Journalist, 1993, etc.) takes the Golden State's measure, top to bottom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1995

"Valuable for its information, if not its style."
A sympathetic portrait of a Native American leader perhaps best known to fans of Lonesome Dove. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 21, 1995

"Over-familiar and hampered by sketchy citations, but still a depressing commentary on communication in today's dumbed-down, plugged-in society."
A fairly persuasive if not entirely original commentary on the breakdown from an eloquently literate society to an incoherently oral one, and what it means for our egalitarian, technological democracy. Read full book review >
CLAUDE MONET by Paul Hayes Tucker
NON-FICTION
Released: July 19, 1995

"Monet worked hard to get everything exactly the way we see it''), this is a solid account of the artist's life and work. (140 color plates, 50 b&w photos)"
Another study on the significance of water lilies? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 19, 1995

"An estimable contribution to the quiet debate on an issue of genuine, if unappreciated, consequence for the electorate."
An ex-insider's thoughtful case for the proposition that since the end of WW II the US Congress has effectively abdicated its responsibility to play an active, vital role in the nation's foreign affairs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 1995

"Eloquent, somber, and immensely thought-provoking. (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club featured alternates)"
Noted authors Lifton (Protean Self, 1993, etc.) and Mitchell (The Campaign of the Century, 1992) ``explore what happened to America as a consequence of Hiroshimaboth the bomb's existence in the world, and our having used it.'' In a painstaking and painful psycho-historical analysis, the authors are concerned with examining the motivations of those who made the decisions, particularly Truman, and the effects of that decision on Truman and on the development of subsequent US policy. 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 >