History Book Reviews (page 928)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Read full book review >
CORRESPONDENCE by Paul Celan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Poignant reading and an absolute must for anyone interested in 20th century literature or the effects of the Holocaust on those it touched."
A slender but important volume of nearly all the letters that passed between Nelly Sachs, a Nobel laureate in literature, and Paul Celan, one of the greatest poets of this century. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A windy and tiresome second-hand jeremiad. (charts, maps)"
A tendentious postmodern critique of modernity and the European colonization of the New World. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An authoritative albeit tedious audit of what the cloak-and- dagger bureaucracies could do for their countryif pols had the will and money to back them."
An academic's dry-as-dust assessment of US intelligence needs in the turbulent times to come. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Well argued and astute, this critical work makes an exciting contribution to contemporary scientific and cultural debate."
In a brilliantly controversial polemic, Johnson (Law/Univ. of Calif., Berkeley) fires an intellectual broadside against what he sees as the marginalization of theism in public life and explores its implications for society and religion. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

In this terrific biography of the LeakeysLouis, Mary, and Richardscience journalist Morell manages to be exhaustive while keeping things nimble. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"American culture. (Author tour)"
Despite some unanswered questions, a copiously researched history and a page-turning read. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"An absorbing and detailed critique of the French intelligence community."
An authoritative analysis of the complex role of intelligence services in modern French history. Read full book review >
HIROSHIMA NOTES by Kenzaburo Oe
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Disappointing overall, considering who the author is, but the first essay in the collection is essential reading."
Reissued with a new introduction by the author for the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Nobel Prize winner Oe's 19635 ruminations on the Atomic Age are still timely. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Covers well-trod ground, but succeeds in bringing a personal dimensionof both victims and perpetratorsto the historical record."
The evacuation from their homes and relocation to internment camps of Japanese-Americans during WW II had, Smith (Rediscovering Christianity, 1994, etc.) contends, at least one positive result: by toppling the existing immigrant social structure and changing the course of lives, it sped up the process of assimilation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Dry and disappointing. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Journalist Benedek returns to the site of her 1992 The Wind Won't Know Me to tell the story of Ella Bedonie, a Navajo woman. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"While Canine sometimes dwells too lovingly on the nuts and bolts, this is less a story of a machine and far more an insightful look at the creative mind. (35 illustrations, not seen)"
Canine, a magazine writer and descendant of Iowa farmers, writes a surprisingly lively and suspenseful account of two Kansans who invent and attempt to successfully market an innovative farm combine. 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 >