History Book Reviews (page 920)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"An almost too judicious reappraisal of a workhorse outfit, redeemed in large measure by the heartfelt tributes it pays to those who did the fighting and dying. (photos, maps)"
A diligent, workmanlike account of the frequently overlooked (or deprecated) contributions to the Allied cause made by the UK's Bomber Command during WW II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A remarkable work, at once a rich analysis of Italian culture and politics, a real-life conspiracy-theory thriller, and a psychological portrait of two bona fide heroes."
A deep and devastating account of the assassination of Italy's top two anti-Mafia prosecutors. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Entertaining, but it could've added up to more."
An absorbing but diffuse narrative by an American reporter questing to penetrate the rainforest world of Brazil's nomadic gold miners, or garimpeiros. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Provocative reading, whatever your point of view."
American pragmatism and delight in clashing values characterize this well-informed survey of contemporary moral issues. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"Hardly unbiased, but an important close-quarters view of a complex president and human being. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
FDR's life was like a multi-sided house whose shape could not be discerned in one glimpse. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A good idea, executed in a manner that will reinforce the widely held opinion that history is boring."
A historian celebrates America's democratic past with an overview of fundamental changes in American culture. Read full book review >
JEWISH STATE OR ISRAELI NATION? by Boas Evron
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A pseudo-intellectual drive-by with a misfiring Uzi."
A jaded, outdated manifesto of post-Zionism by an Israeli journalist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Fairclough has documented an American success story in this valuable contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A richly detailed, scholarly examination of the rise of the civil rights movement in Louisiana. Read full book review >
ART SINCE 1940 by Jonathan Fineberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"Immediately appealing as a textbook, lively enough to attract general readers as well. (557 illustrations, including 212 color plates)"
An ambitious and glossy survey of contemporary Western art, packed with no-nonsense analysis and biographical detail on myriad artists. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"In this thoughtful social history, Payne gives due regard to those activists great and small. (27 b&w photographs, map, not seen)"
With this history of the civil rights movement focusing on the Everyman turned hero, the commoner as crusader for justice, Payne challenges the old idea that history is the biography of great men. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"One can't help but wish that Powers had decided what book she really wanted to write—her political autobiography or her schoolgirlish romantic diary. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 30,000; author tour)"
As one of the few women to hold a leadership position in the civil rights movement, Powers has a compelling story, but it is far overshadowed by her kiss-and-tell tales about her affair with Martin Luther King Jr. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"By going to the very core of our beliefs about life, Singer has created just about as controversial a book as possible."
The doctrine of the sanctity of human life is in deep trouble, claims Australian philospher Singer (The Expanding Circle: Ethics and Sociobiology, 1981, etc.), who gives his own clear ideas of what should replace it in this decidedly provocative work. 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 >