History Book Reviews (page 925)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 1996

"Marxism- Leninism than anything Solzhenitsyn published''—but a valuable introduction to an important and hitherto neglected figure. (illustrations, maps)"
The first biography of Grossman, who, though little known in the West, is regarded as one of the great Russian novelists of this century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1996

"Told in an easy, anecdotal style, Squires's complex story affords a microcosmic view of the nation's political evolution in the last half century."
A sometimes eye-goggling history of political corruption in one corner of the postwar South. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 1996

"Well researched, complexly conceived, and clearly written, Brombert's life of Manet achieves a balanced synthesis of art criticism, historical repotage, and biography. (70 b&w photos, not seen)"
This biography of Edouard Manet (183283) captures the significance of one of modern art's founding figures. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 4, 1996

"Though repetitive at times in its inclusiveness, this is a fine, caring social history that also offers surprising insights into the development of the southern American woman's consciousness. (38 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A wonderfully researched chronicle of a largely unexamined social elite that enriches the fields of Civil War and women's studies. Read full book review >
LIFE OF A POET by Ralph Freedman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A fine study that is scholarly yet readable and admirably brings the poet's feckless life into balance with his artistic achievement. (photos, not seen)"
The sublime poet's selfish character, impulsive amours, and artistic development recounted in illuminating detail. ``Rilke was a jerk,'' wrote poet John Berryman in his Dream Songs. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

A comprehensive history of recent Nicaraguan-American relations, written by a man who helped shape that ``bloody and conflict-ridden embrace.'' Kagan, a policy advisor in the Reagan administration, is refreshingly self-critical; ``The ambivalent soul of America has consistently sought the fruits of hegemony in this hemisphere but just as consistently balked at the moral costs of exercising it.'' But he is not overly apologetic for the Reagan administration's missteps, which came out of a domino-theory policy of armed confrontation with the avowedly Marxist Sandinista regime in the form of covert action, or what officials called ``the lowball option.'' Thanks to the Iran-contra scandal that arose from the use of that option, Kagan concedes, even Republican stalwarts had to recognize that the Reagan doctrine of containment was a failure. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A tough-minded platform for renewal of a superpower that has not in recent years been living up to its still considerable potential."
A clear, nonpartisan statement of the problems America faces on the eve of a new century, and practicable proposals for restoring the nation's fiscal and moral health. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A scholar's accessible and measured appraisal of a prospectively hot spot that sooner or later could bring itself to the American public's attention in a host of unwelcome ways. (charts; maps, not seen)"
An impressive overview of the varied challenges East Asia poses to an Atlantic-oriented America's strategic interests in the aftermath of the Cold War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Passing no judgments, Christian writes with respect for the seers' Catholic faith and Spanish culture, which he does not share but has certainly entered into. (114 photos, not seen; 2 maps)"
Intelligent and carefully researched account of the religio-political setting for a wave of apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Spain on the eve of that country's Civil War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"A window into a little-known community and a wide variety of people—a gay activist, a rapper, a monk—along with an excellent overview of Korean and Korean-American history."
This diverse series of interviews with Korean-Americans grew out of the editors' reaction to the media portrayal of ``inarticulate aliens'' during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Breezy, blowsy, this is Bloomsbury for beginners."
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bookstores—here's another volume about Bloomsbury. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"Worthwhile if you haven't journeyed with Raphael before."
Raphael's ``greatest hits'': This collection of 13 essays offers remixes and reprises of some of his better-known material. 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 >