History Book Reviews (page 928)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

A spirited vindication of classical liberalism and its notions of constitutional government. Read full book review >
COMPANY C by John Sack
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Readers in search of a gritty grunt's-eye view of the Gulf War will be far better served by Carsten Stroud's estimable Iron Bravo (1995)."
A journalist's perfervid, impressionistic, and ultimately pointless take on an American armored unit that survived Desert Storm with a minimum of combat casualties. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Leckie's flawed account hardly does justice to this climactic Pacific battle that warned Allied strategists that an invasion of Japan could cause a bloodbath many times worse. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This sketchy account attempts to tell the US Marines' version of the story of the Battle of Okinawa. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"The author's anger against the excesses of our industrial civilization is clear enough, but his remedies are unpersuasive."
A rather odd book, sketching the history of a 19th-century revolt against industrial machinery and seeking to find in it some lessons for today. Read full book review >
ROMANS by Michael Sheridan
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"A pleasant journey through the past and present of Europe's greatest urbs."
A delightful excursion through the history, politics, and culture of the Eternal City, showing the continuity between Rome's turbulent history and its equally intriguing present. Read full book review >

ROBERT E. LEE by Emory M. Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Well written and based largely on primary documentation, a good effort at understanding a complex personality."
A comprehensive new biography that seeks to give a balanced portrait of the famed Confederate general. Read full book review >
A GARDEN STORY by Leon Whiteson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"One of those rare books about gardening that encourage rather than intimidate."
Los Angelesbased architecture critic and novelist Whiteson (White Snake, 1982) elegantly turns the transformation of his backyard into metaphor and memoir, seamlessly enhanced by his newly acquired gardening lore. Read full book review >
JUDICIAL ENIGMA by Tinsley E. Yarbrough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"After this unenlightening account, Harlan remains an enigma. (16 halftones, not seen)"
A serviceable but bloodless biography of the Supreme Court justice who penned some of the most celebrated judicial dissents of the 19th century. Read full book review >
THIS SIDE OF PEACE by Hanan Ashrawi
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Ashrawi offers a vivid rendering of the Palestinian side of events that have led to a vastly altered but still deeply troubled relationship between Israel and the Palestinian people. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; author tour)"
The autobiography of perhaps the most visible Palestinian spokesperson after Yasir Arafat. Read full book review >
AUSCHWITZ AND AFTER by Charlotte Delbo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"A profound testimonial."
Translated into English for the first time in its entirety, a painful and moving trilogy by a member of the French resistance and survivor of Auschwitz. Read full book review >
BUSTED by W.D. Ehrhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"This has its illuminating moments, but for those familiar with Vietnam literature, there's not much new or arresting."
The accessible, sometimes resonant final chapter in a postwar trilogy of memoirs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Thought-provoking in parts, abstruse in others."
In her first book, a performer and art critic offers a potpourri on cultural border-crossings. 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 >