History Book Reviews (page 928)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"But if Churchill sometimes overstates his case, he nonetheless poignantly demonstrates that whites have a lot to make up for."
Eighteen essays, most previously published in collections and small journals, detailing the injustices perpetrated against the Native American by more recent arrivals. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Deloria should have stuck to his fundamentalist guns; his attempt to fight science with science is a dismal failure."
The first of a proposed trilogy attacking Western science, religion, and government. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"If only Eisenberg had followed his advice."
More of a quickie tour than genuine travels among the world's most distinctiveand most religiously extremeJews. Read full book review >
WRITING AND BEING by Nadine Gordimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A well-argued brief for writers and writing to which Gordimer's South African experience adds a unique perspective."
With one uncharacteristically personal and moving exception, Gordimer (None to Accompany Me, 1994, etc.) offers crisp and richly allusive explorations of the tensions between a writer's art and the realities of life in six essays first delivered as the 1994 Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard. Read full book review >
TSAR by Peter Kurth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A moving and groundbreaking presentation (the companion volume to a National Geographic TV special) that will fascinate readers of every sort. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A riveting photographic record of the lives of Nicholas and Alexandra that emphasizes their sheltered world and its consequences, both personal and political. Read full book review >

PORTRAIT OF PICASSO AS A YOUNG MAN by Norman Mailer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Mailer's biography, following in the footsteps of Arianna Huffington's notorious Picasso: Creator and Destroyer, a work Mailer unabashedly admires, emphasizes gossip and sex and leaves you wondering, 'So what?'"
A puzzling and unconventional excursion into art history by an unexpected author. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Rarely reaches searing heat or soaring heights, but Means manages to sustain interest and energy throughout. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An overlong but often riveting account of the life of perhaps the most compelling American Indian of this century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Best read with a more rigorous biographyand a grain of salt."
An oddly compelling memoir documenting the tumultuous home life of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Accomplished enough, although one wishes that Rescher had taken more chances, pushing the frontier of philosophy's domain."
This philosophical treatise on luck offers good sense but little in the way of unpredictable insights. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Sternberger's unobtrusive narrative allows the characters to speak for themselves in extensively quoted letters, diaries, and published writings. (photos, not seen)"
The sad fate of three children whose youth was sacrificed to the cause of Zionism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A vivid, arresting work of journalistic history. (First serial to Civilization)"
Thomas (The Man to See, 1991, etc.), assistant managing editor at Newsweek, depicts a quartet of well-born spies and their role in the CIA's early days. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Though at times her tone is too judgmental, Wallace has done sound research and has an admirably skeptical approach to evidence."
A meticulous biography of one of this century's more influential female politicians. 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 >