History Book Reviews (page 930)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A masterful report on a turning-point encounter in the context of a global conflict. (42 photos, 19 maps) (Military Book Club main selection)"
A harrowingly effective overview of the 76-hour clash that pitted US naval forces against entrenched Japanese defenders in the blood-drenched battle for a tiny Central Pacific atoll known as Tarawa (capital of the Gilbert Islands) during WW II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 28, 1995

"Big Sky blue-skying abounds here, to be sure, but Kemmis offers many good ideas that merit a hearing outside his own city's gates."
Cheerful political tidings from a state best known these days for its homegrown militias. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 27, 1995

"A powerfully written and astute analysis that challenges our preconceptions about the past and pessimism about the future."
In this evocative study, Ehrenhalt (The United States of Ambition, 1991) suggests that the era of '50s, for all its faults, has some vital lessons for today's society, which is frequently marked by the absence of a sense of community and responsibility. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1995

A deeply considered essay on the Chicano movement's worldly Aquinas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"Good social history, weak literary criticism, but the standout here is William Cooper himself, a true American original. (16 pages illustrations, 7 maps, not seen)"
The story of a man's spectacular career in postRevolutionary War New York and his famous son's novelistic effort to rewrite it. Read full book review >

SEE NAPLES by Douglas Allanbrook
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"As often aloof as it is acute, Allanbrook's debut is a medley of army life, youthful wistfulness, and nostalgia that engages the reader but sometimes falls flat. (maps, not seen)"
Returning to Naples in his 70s, musician Allanbrook makes as much of his effete student reminiscences as he does of his harrowing experiences in WW II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"Guaranteed to set aging flower children's teeth on edge."
A personal attack on the radical elements of the Vietnam antiwar movement in which the author speculates that pot-smoking, long-haired ultraleftists not only did not help end the war, but were responsible for prolonging it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"A very Irish view of Europe and Catholicism, likely to appeal to those whose inner search also takes them beyond themselves."
An Irish novelist (The Heather Blazing, 1993, etc.) and journalist reports on his visits to centers of Catholic devotion in Europe, as he attempts to make sense of his own conflicted relationship with the faith he has abandoned. Read full book review >
HANNAH ARENDT/MARTIN HEIDEGGER by Elzbieta Ettinger
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"And at a time when Arendt is finding new readers, Ettinger's little book will probably generate a new round of Arendt-bashing among old enemies."
German Philosophers in Love, from humanities professor Ettinger (MIT; Rosa Luxemburg, A Life, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"An impressive amassing of case histories, both horrifying and inspirational, resulting in a book that's breezy, sanctimonious, and dull. (Author tour)"
Reason Foundation fellows Eggers and O'Leary argue that government should be downsized and its energies redirected. ``Beyond the Beltway, in the towns, cities, and states of America . . .'' Here we go again. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"A valuable book, a pleasure to read."
The ``godfather'' of neoconservatism traces the history of that movement and sets out some of its major concerns in this volume of essays (most previously published in the Wall Street Journal, Commentary, and elsewhere). Read full book review >
JERUSALEM by Andrew Sinclair
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 1995

"Drain the book of religio-political bile and you are left with some engaging chapters on the Jerusalem Templebased architecture, mathematics, and geometry still revered by the Masons and other spiritual descendants of the Templars. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A dizzyingly quick and unbalanced overview of the gorier side of 3,000 years of Jerusalem's glory. 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 >