History Book Reviews (page 930)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"If one can get past the gung-ho nonsense, these men sometimes make illuminating, if informal, contributions to naval and military history. (b&w photos, not seen)"
These interviews with veterans of the US Navy's SEALs comprise an anecdotal, slackly organized, and often unpleasant oral history of the frogmen and ``special warfare.'' Veteran military reporter Kelly (King of the Killing Zone, 1989, etc.) seems to have more interest in the ``warrior'' spirit than he does in placing these men in a historical and military context. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"With substance calculated to irritate frustrated taxpayers as much as to entertain, Kessler's tabloid style is effective in enticing the reader to keep turning the pages."
A mixture of juicy but hard-to-verify gossip and anecdotes about presidents from Secret Service agents (sworn never to reveal secrets), White House housekeepers, butlers, maids, and cooks, as well as media figures and politicians. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Despite some detectable ethnocentrism, Riley offers much useful information to persons unfamiliar with southwestern history. (36 illustrations, 18 maps, not seen)"
An often engaging, if uninspired, history of the Rio Grande River of New Mexico and those who have lived along it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Although Silverman's characterization of Gyp as an anarchist is strained, the book is a fascinating examination of fin-de-siäcle France and one of its most provocative figures."
An insightful biography of a compelling and paradoxical protagonist of modern French culture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Though fuzzy on the future, a remarkable story about a remarkable episode in world history."
An absorbing account of South Africa's recent five-year ``negotiated revolution.'' Johannesburg-based veteran reporter Sparks (The Mind of South Africa, 1990) is well situated to interview both apartheid-era Afrikaner officials and members of the African National Congress. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"An altogether absorbing account of human civilization in the making. (32 pages color photos, not seen)"
Everything you wanted to know about the Stone Age man unearthed in the Alps in 1991. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Moore offers a scholarly introduction and a cautious editorial hand that, striving for the feel of a manuscript, retains ampersands and archaic (or at least idiosyncratic) spellings."
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Unfortunately, Joselit ends her tale too soon."
An alternately nostalgic, entertaining, and annoying portrait of what Joselit sees as the domestication, commercialization, and sentimentalization of American Jewish culture. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Nonetheless, overall, this is a solid and gripping account of Packwood's misadventures, a strong indictment of power misused for sexual purposes. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A breezily written but meaty biographical sketch of Senator Bob Packwood, accused serial sexual harasser and adulterer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Extensive research enlivened by a good critical eye and vivid writing distinguishes this thoughtful book."
With fluent commentary and language, Franklin highlights the importance of autobiography in the African-American literary tradition. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 1995

A spirited collection of more than 50 short writings by African-American college students. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 31, 1995

"Offering the first comprehensive coverage of an important chapter in the long, sorry tale of US involvement in Vietnam, AndradÇ does his subject proud and sets a high standard for any who follow. (Maps, not seen)"
A masterful account of the last great engagement of the Vietnam War in which American forces participated. 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 >