History Book Reviews (page 925)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 1995

"Those most likely to benefit from this excursion in self-help might be those who recognize it as raw material for satire."
The road less traveled has by now become the beaten path, and Schwartz—reporting a recent and exhaustive spiritual trek—doesn't leave discernible footprints on it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 17, 1995

"A creative, refreshingly unorthodox examination of American morality."
A broad yet thematically cogent collection of essays, previously published in Harper's and elsewhere, about critical cultural issues and their underlying moral considerations. Read full book review >

THE FALL OF NAPOLEON by David Hamilton-Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1995

"The illustrations, however, are outstanding."
A well-researched and original, if somewhat overwrought, history of Napoleon's fall from power, from his return from Moscow to his death in 1821 on the island of St. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1995

"Superb social history."
Gathering together seven lectures by distinguished academic historians, Hufton (History/Oxford Univ.) introduces a much-needed historical perspective into the contemporary discussion on human rights. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 1995

"Blocksma contributes mightily to our understanding of a vital section of the continent."
A definitive guide and then some to what seems to be every mile of the more than 5,000 traveled by Blocksma (Naming Nature, not reviewed) along the US side of the Great Lakes. Read full book review >

THE X FACTOR by George Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 1995

"Win or lose, Plimpton writes with self-effacing humor and at least as much wit as wisdom; America's most famous professional dilettante doesn't demand to be taken too seriously."
The adroit author (Open Net, 1987, etc.), Paris Review editor, and amateur jock who plays with the pros suits up once again to pitch horseshoes with George Bush and, incidentally, to pursue the elusive factor that makes champions out of mortals. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 1995

"American values,'' makes this good book especially timely."
Tailgunner Joe rises from the grave in this nightmarish, spellbinding excursion into our nation's recent past. Read full book review >
FIRST IN HIS CLASS by David Maraniss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1995

Neither hagiography nor hatchet job, this illuminating, unauthorized biography sticks to the facts to draw a sharp personal and political portrait of the man who became the first baby boomer to be elected President. Read full book review >
TOM PAINE by John Keane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1995

"Nothing really new here (despite occasional sniping at minor errors by previous Paine biographers) but a solid, well-written portrait that reiterates Paine's ongoing importance in contemporary discussions of democracy's potential and perils."
An aptly subtitled biography of the trailblazing political polemicist: This detailed account finds virtually no trace of a personal life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 3, 1995

"Otherwise, an invaluable introduction to this most necessary of journals."
This collection of essays and reviews from the New Criterion's last six years represents both the best and the worst that ideologically charged criticism has to offer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 3, 1995

"The consistently absorbing text has 11 useful maps, an index, and a savvy discussion of sources."
A succinct account of America's wide-ranging involvement in WW II from a distinguished duo. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A troubling document on two levels: the damage done both to the people of Bosnia and to Western illusions of conscience and justice."
Rieff's powerful mix of reporting and polemic chronicles the fall of Bosnia and lambastes Western equivocation. ``Bosnia was and always will be a just cause....To have intervened on the side of Bosnia would have been self-defense, not charity,'' declares Rieff (The Exile, 1993, etc.). 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 >