History Book Reviews (page 919)

MEMOIR OF THE BOOKIE'S SON by Sidney Offit
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1995

"A son's personal recollection that may strike a chord for others."
A journeyman author recounts his coming of age under the guidance of an admirable outlaw father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 1995

"Mas Masumoto has a nice touch and charming perspective."
In this lovingly rendered account, the author describes his efforts to maintain his unique organic farm and to find a market for his juicy but unpopular fruit. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"A brief but intriguing look at a time when history was a branch of literature rather than a scientific discipline, and an essential perspective for classicists who rely on these works to reconstruct the ancient world. (10 illustrations, not seen)"
Revisiting ground covered in his Ancient Historians (1970), prolific and celebrated classical historian Grant (The Antonines, 1994, etc.) turns his attention to several of his greatest ancient counterparts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"Wachsmann writes in an attractive style, at once narrative, personal, and scholarly, with humor and fascinating excursions into ancient myth and history mingling with detailed descriptions and drawings of how boats were built in ancient times."
A compelling story of the discovery of a 2,000-year-old fishing boat in the Sea of Galilee, told by nautical archaeologist Wachsmann (Biblical Archaeology/Texas A&M Univ.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"This suspenseful book, based on interviews with key players, including Ames himself, lends powerful ammunition to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's argument that the CIA has seen its day and should be abolished. (Author tour)"
An eye-widening look inside one of America's most notorious spy cases. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1995

"Brown has tackled an interesting topic, intrinsically related to current issues in popular culture, but his treatment of it is neither profound nor innovative."
A mundane sociological essay examining the nature of social conventions. Read full book review >
VOICE FOR THE MAD by David L. Gollaher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1995

"This thoughtful biography makes real a problematic personality who created a movement as she also created herself."
A compassionate portrait of a complicated 19th-century woman who converted the conventions of genteel ``femininity'' into a substantial public career. Read full book review >
COMRADE CRIMINAL by Stephen  Handelman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1995

"Somewhat journalistic in style, but a careful and serious- minded effort to understand the significance of a pervasive criminality that threatens the structure of the state."
The most thorough and comprehensive assessment published to date of the extent and seriousness of criminal activity in Russia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 1995

"The prose is at times too flowery, and the text a bit disjointed, but Flood writes history with style and tells an informative, affecting tale. (illustrations, not seen)"
The story of the relationship between an infant survivor of the Wounded Knee massacre and her adoptive mother, a leader of the women's suffrage movement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1995

"A delectable tale artfully told."
The vastly entertaining account of a Burgundian chef's rise to Guide Michelin three-stardom. Read full book review >
LETTERS OF AYN RAND by Ayn Rand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1995

"Objectivists will find much reinforcement in this volume; more objective readers may find it truly depressing."
These letters by novelist (The Fountainhead, not reviewed, etc.), political thinker, and all-around, self-described ``intellectual egotist'' Rand (190582) prove oddly revealing of their peculiar, indomitable author. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE DINOSAURS OF GHOST RANCH by Edwin H. Colbert
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 1995

"He has written his book more for that select few than for the general public."
A strange report, neither scholarly paper nor accessible popular science, about a single species of dinosaur found in peculiar abundance in northern New Mexico. 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 >