History Book Reviews (page 930)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 1995

"Highly romanticized and flatly told, but nonetheless informative. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($30,000 ad/promo)"
Another elegiac ``as-told-to'' autobiography from writer/photographer Erdoes. Read full book review >
UNDER THIS BLAZING LIGHT by Amos Oz
NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1995

"Whether these musings touch upon the kibbutz, Israeli literature, or his early years in Jerusalem, Oz captivates the reader with his elegantly poetic voice."
Adapted from articles, interviews, and lectures from the 1960s and '70s, this is a provocative collection on Israeli society by one of the country's foremost novelists. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 1995

"Starita tells the Dull Knifes' story in remarkable and affectionate detail, maintaining a balance between the history of a people and the history of a family. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club/History Book Club selections)"
An entertaining and affecting story of a remarkable American Indian family. Read full book review >
KHRUSHCHEV by William J. Tompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 1995

"A sympathetic biography that acknowledges Khrushchev's many flaws and ultimately renders a positive judgment of the peasant- ruler of the Soviet Union."
This detailed portrait of the Soviet leader lays bare the many contradictions of his political philosophy and career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 1995

"Nonetheless, this meticulous and well-rendered treatise draws history onto important ground—tracking the influence of a single, powerful symbol in an age when political power came to reside increasingly in media spectacle."
A look at the turns JFK's legacy has taken since his death, and at how his and brother Robert's ghosts have haunted both Republican and Democratic successors. Read full book review >

THE BUCHENWALD REPORT by David A. Hackett
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 1995

"This is an essential document of WW II and Holocaust history. (maps, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; History Book Club featured selection)"
An invaluable report by US Army personnel assembled immediately after liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 1995

"Perhaps then, this may be exemplary scholarship not just for our time, but for all times. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections)"
This absorbing portrait of America's greatest poetic personality contains multitudes, all right. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 1995

"As a model of candid and civil inter- ethnic dialogue, this book has an importance that transcends its seemingly narrow boundaries."
A conversation between a black and a Jew that cuts to the heart of the troubled relationship between the two peoples. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 1995

"Lord Williams's understanding of France, his sensitivity, and his experience of politics combine to make this a memorable achievement."
Perhaps the best one-volume biography of de Gaulle, by the deputy leader of the opposition in the British House of Lords. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 1995

"Worth a hearing. (Author tour)"
A Paul Tsongasstyle moderate Democrat criticizes the culture and practices of Congress, and proposes some useful reforms. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 1995

"An engrossing rundown of the submarine's hell-and-high-water annals. (16 pages photos, 4 maps)"
A vivid history of an underwater craft that has proved deadlier than either battlewagons or flattops in two global conflicts and was a key part of the arsenal in one Cold War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1995

"A welcome addition to the growing shelf of books on the American Jewish experience, though its grasp of history is not as firm as its mastery of sociology."
A sociological survey, with historical background, of the American Jewish community's current state. 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 >