History Book Reviews (page 938)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"Neufeld deserves his due for thorough research of both German and American archives, but his analysis is questionable and the writing is not up to the potential of the narrative."
A dry history of the Nazi rocket program, concentrating on the development of liquid fuels for missiles. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"A pathbreaking, superb contribution to Holocaust studies."
Bauer offers an eye-opening look into the following question: Could Jewish leaders in America, England, Palestine, and occupied Europe itself have ransomed significant numbers of their brethren? Read full book review >

THE HOLLOW YEARS by Eugen Weber
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"An eloquent and thoughtful look at France in the interwar period."
Weber (European History/UCLA; France, Fin de Siäcle, 1986; etc.) skillfully paints a somber portrait of France in decline. Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY 1992 by Peter Goldman
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

A fly-in-campaign-headquarters perspective on the last presidential race, written by Newsweek's special election team, several of whose members also worked on Quest for the Presidency 1988 (1989). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Jocular and occasionally appealing, this suffers from an almost complete lack of hard information or historical perspective on the very real contributions of the WAVES."
Wingo rather frothily admits that, like ``all good sea stories,'' her reminiscence of her stint in the WAVES has been ``embellished.'' Now a retired teacher and a Santa Monica community activist, Wingo remembers feeling like Joan of Arc at her enlistment in the WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service) in 1944 at the age of 20. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Highly persuasive."
A compelling book dealing with the question of MIAs in Vietnam. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Overdue witness, eloquent and harrowing. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A wide-angle saga that adds a chapter long missing from official and traditional histories of WW II's Pacific theater: the story of the torments endured by Allied military personnel captured when Japanese forces overran Greater East Asia. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"It's an honest story of collective courage, evocative, well-written, and fixed before the colors fade. (Photos and maps, not seen) (Book-of- the-Month Club/History Book Club selections)"
An unpretentious personal memoir of participation in WW II. Read full book review >
THE FIRST WORLD WAR by Martin Gilbert
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"An incomparable record of how ordinary and extraordinary men and women endured the unendurable."
There may be no event in this century that has been more written about than the First World War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"A riveting portrait of two men who felt they had outlived their historical moment."
Historical hindsight is always 20/20, as this otherwise thoughtful and well-written comparative biography of two important Civil War commanders shows. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1994

"Weaker on policy than politics, but with nuance and psychological truth."
An assessment of the first year of Bill Clinton's presidency with no major scoops but with long-term insight into Clinton's style and character. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Steeped in thoughtful commentary and deftly written with a reporter's eye for detail, this comprehensive history is a jewel. (Author tour)"
An erudite, astute synopsis of Israel's economic, social, and political upheavals from 1987 to 1993. 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 >