History Book Reviews (page 925)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Interesting new ways to present history are in short supply; it's particularly disappointing when one is squandered. (80 b&w photos, not seen)"
Although relics of the ages promise to be a quirkily charming route to historical knowledge, they receive pedestrian treatment here by Rachlin (The Making of a Detective, p. 1170, etc.). Read full book review >
C.L.R. JAMES by Kent Worcester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"EWSLUGCLR James emerges from this engaging book as a man who lived his life fully and whose work is worthy of further study, and Worcester has done much to rescue his subject from oblivion."
Well-crafted biography of a man once characterized as ``the sharpest and most interesting mind that the British Caribbean has produced in three centuries of learning.'' Although the Trinidadian writer and activist Cyril Lionel Robert James (190189) was at the center of many political and literary movements in his time, he is little known today. ``By the 1960s,'' Worcester observes, ``he was an elder radical statesperson on several continents, famous for his writing and historical impact. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"His lessons for us today are compelling and ineluctable. (Author tour)"
An incisive, at times controversial, consideration of moral action in the face of dehumanization, and its implications for everyday life. Read full book review >
FÜHRER-EX by Ingo Hasselbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"An ominous look into contemporary German society that reveals a thriving neo-Nazi ideology. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A profoundly disturbing yet ultimately hopeful story of a young man's passage through the heart of darkness. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A worthwhile if not particularly innovative study. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
A history of the British empire from its earliest swashbuckling days to the era of its maturity, when it buckled rather than swashed, by the biographer of Lawrence of Arabia (The Golden Warrior, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A lucid and significant contribution that helps us understand the sociological drumbeats that recently marched countless black men to Washington and will continue to resonate in the years ahead."
A solidly documented, eye-opening look at a generation of black men and women who are returning to the church of their parents and grandparents. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"By gathering a great deal of information in one place— including an appendix containing copies of crucial documents—and revealing some new facts, Makovsky provides a valuable resource for writers and researchers interested in the details of Middle East peacemaking."
Jerusalem Post and U.S. News and World Report correspondent Makovsky's probing examination of how the 1993 accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) came to be. Read full book review >
NO BENDED KNEE by Merrill B. Twining
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"An estimable addition to the literature of Guadalcanal. (30 b&w photos and maps, not seen)"
A splendid first-person account of the costly campaign that enabled Allied forces to wrest Guadalcanal from the Japanese in WW II's Pacific theater. Read full book review >
SCHLIEMANN OF TROY by David A. Traill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A larger-than-life portrait of Schliemann, who, despite his unattractive personal qualities, remains a remarkable man and a pioneer of archaeology. (16 pages photos and 8 maps, not seen)"
Traill (Classics/Univ. of Calif., Davis) is no hagiographer as he builds a persuasive case that Heinrich Schliemann, the revered 19th-century German who excavated Troy in one of the greatest archaeological finds of all time, was a fraud in both his personal and his professional life, including in the record he left of his achievement. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Nicely and unobtrusively edited by Breece's grandniece and urban theorist Jacobs (Systems of Survival, 1992, etc.), this memoir of Breece's 14 years in Alaska is the revealing testimony of a woman who was typical of her times yet extraordinary in how she rose above them. (maps, b&w photos)"
The intriguing diary of a spunky middle-aged woman who represents both the best and the worst aspects of the Progressive movement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Like the sedimentary rock that decorates the Southwest's canyon walls—vivid and multilayered. (18 pages illustrations, not seen)"
A rich portrait of a region that has witnessed the earth shift, oceans retreat, peoples destroyed, and its own land dessicated. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A timely reminder, as we enter a year of electoral politicking, that even the touchiest issues can be treated with intellectual honesty and a decent appreciation for opposing views."
A sound and spirited defense of the wall of separation between church and state. 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 >