History Book Reviews (page 925)

CLAUDE MONET by Paul Hayes Tucker
NON-FICTION
Released: July 19, 1995

"Monet worked hard to get everything exactly the way we see it''), this is a solid account of the artist's life and work. (140 color plates, 50 b&w photos)"
Another study on the significance of water lilies? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 19, 1995

"An estimable contribution to the quiet debate on an issue of genuine, if unappreciated, consequence for the electorate."
An ex-insider's thoughtful case for the proposition that since the end of WW II the US Congress has effectively abdicated its responsibility to play an active, vital role in the nation's foreign affairs. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 1995

"Eloquent, somber, and immensely thought-provoking. (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club featured alternates)"
Noted authors Lifton (Protean Self, 1993, etc.) and Mitchell (The Campaign of the Century, 1992) ``explore what happened to America as a consequence of Hiroshimaboth the bomb's existence in the world, and our having used it.'' In a painstaking and painful psycho-historical analysis, the authors are concerned with examining the motivations of those who made the decisions, particularly Truman, and the effects of that decision on Truman and on the development of subsequent US policy. Read full book review >
FULBRIGHT by Randall Bennett Woods
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 1995

"A window into US history from the genesis of the Cold War to America's withdrawal from Vietnam: crucial reading for anyone who would understand the politics of that era. (15 halftones, not seen)"
A cool, intellectual biography of the patrician southern politician who became one of America's most influential opponents of the Vietnam war. Read full book review >
OSWALD AND THE CIA by John Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 1995

"Exhaustive, tedious, and diffuse, this study eschews sensationalism but threatens death by minutiae."
Intelligence veteran Newman (History/Univ. of Maryland; JFK and Vietnam, 1992) tackles Lee Harvey Oswald ``the file'' rather than ``the man.'' In this case ``the file'' refers to roughly 250,000 pages of documents from the CIA, FBI, DOD, Army, Navy, and the American Embassy in Moscow, recently released by the JFK Assassination Records Review Board. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 1995

"Its thesis is a paper tiger, and it relies exclusively on well-known published sources."
A derivative and unfocused account of ``the problems posed by Judeo-German culture as a whole'' from the Enlightenment to German reunification. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 1995

"What the reader takes away is not a comprehension of killing, but rather an understanding of redemption and the ability to either conjure up hope or live without it. (Author tour)"
What do murderers want to talk about? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 1995

"A fine book by a historian who has mastered his sources and interweaves his themes with a sure sense of their significance and drama. (16 pages b&w photos, 3 maps) (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Engrossing and skillful account of the Second World War's final month. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 1995

"An informal and impressionistic account of some Civil War incidents as seen from the ranks; ghostly memories from a man of character."
An absorbing memoir of the battles of Seven Days, Second Manassas, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 1995

"A compelling blend of memoir and literary analysis; too bad her understanding of feminism is a little out of date."
Despite the insipid title, an evocative exploration of the author's struggle to see her own physical beauty, skillfully blended with rigorous and sensitive analyses of literary heroines who have tried to do the same. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 1995

"A noteworthy contribution. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
A clear-eyed, provocative history of an often neglected area of Native American and Civil War studies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 1995

"Comprehensive, clearly organized, and low-keyjust the kind of thoughtful, undogmatic approach this material needs."
A well-researched look at black Americans and religion, dispelling the notion that the slaves accepted their masters' beliefs without question. 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 >