History Book Reviews (page 920)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The result is a more evenhanded if less powerful book than Peter Matthiessen's Indian Country, alongside which this worthy volume should be shelved."
An incisive look at troubles simmering in the Indian nations that lie uncomfortably within our own. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A diligently researched and thought-provoking contribution to the literature of Vietnam, a conflict that may never be resolved to the complete satisfaction of either the left or right."
An extensive and unsparingly critical reappraisal of America's prolonged presence in Vietnam, which places virtually all responsibility for the war's loss on the US military. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Kamm plainly shows that Vietnam is a country, not a war. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sober, no-frills reportorial look at the present-day political and social climate in Vietnam, by a New York Times correspondent who has specialized in Asia for decades. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, Melich's history is thorough and her rage well substantiated at every turn."
A lucid and passionate insider's indictment of the Republican party's misogynist political strategies and, even more valuable, an explanation of how they evolved. Read full book review >
BALKAN ODYSSEY by David Owen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Essential reading for historians and serious students of both the Balkan crisis and diplomacy in the postCold War world. (Author tour)"
The British coauthor of the failed Vance-Owen peace plan for the former Yugoslavia provides a personal and opinionated chronicle of his endeavors to reach a peace, laying primary blame on the Americans for pursuing a policy of ``power without responsibility.'' Lord Owen, a seasoned and maverick politician, had faced many challenges in his career prior to accepting Cyrus Vance's request in 1992 to cochair peace negotiations for the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"It does, however, convey with remarkable immediacy one man's wartime anguish and is valuable for what it reveals about human nature during times of extreme duress. (map and 9 photos, not seen)"
The story of a Polish Jew who faced moral as well as emotional anguish in the Holocaust, told in his own tortured words. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"In Salvatore's account, we get a glimpse of the private poet in all his wide mystery. (32 pages illustrations, not seen)"
In this biography based on the newly discovered journals of Amos Webber, Cornell historian Salvatore has given us a fascinating, enigmatic figure of 19th-century black American history. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Allen provides a general and informative map to decoding ethnic relations and a specific and essential outline of genocidal rape."
A personally and politically authoritative inquiry into modern war crimes. Read full book review >
THE STEVENSONS by Jean H. Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Baker writes with sympathy and considerable vigor, and this fine biography takes a refreshingly long view of an important figure in recent political history."
A wide-ranging biography of perennial also-ran Adlai Stevenson which demonstrates that character is destiny. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Five-time Emmy Award winner Franken (formerly of Saturday Night Live) becomes a political pundit with a vengeance—a vengeance directed against Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, and others of similar stripe, as well as fat old Rush. Read full book review >
THOMAS MANN by Anthony Heilbut
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With its unprecedented picture of Mann's character and accomplishments, Heilbut's biography opens up an important new perspective in Mann studies."
This recursive, elliptical study of Thomas Mann's life and writings successfully captures the total Mann, albeit with some sacrifice of narrative cohesion. Read full book review >
ASSIGNMENT: OSWALD by Jr. Hosty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Watch official America play CYA."
Levelheaded and informative: a former FBI agent on the whodunit of the century. 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 >