History Book Reviews (page 938)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"As innovative as jazz, as complex as a fugue, little that Crouch writes can be ignored. (Author tour)"
A remarkable collection of essays from one of our greatest black intellectuals and one of the country's noblest public citizens. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"An authoritative call to arms and a considerable contribution to the low-intensity debate now raging on national security and preparedness."
A thoughtful, brutally realistic evaluation of the roles the US military should play in the new world disorder that has superseded the bipolar certainties of the Cold War. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Vigorous and often harrowing, this book is an eye-opener. (14 halftones, 1 map, not seen)"
An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"Future presidents will have to do much better, and reading this unhappy book might be a good place to start."
A panoramic view of the ``politics of division'' throughout American history, as exemplified by our presidents. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"Prochnau's anecdote-rich account of the work of these brave men and women makes for fascinating reading. (8 pages b&w photos) (First serial to Vanity Fair; film rights to HBO)"
The early years of American involvement in Vietnam unfold in this well-written study of the war correspondents who made it their beat. ``In the beginning,'' Prochnau (a former Washington Post correspondent and author of the novel Trinity's Child, 1983) writes with no trace of irony, ``it was such a nice little war,'' a war of spies, intrigues, and exoticism that brought out the Hemingway in a small army of reporters eager to make their names in far-off Vietnam. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"A profound look at the child of a Holocaust survivor burdened with the knowledge that his very existence is a miracle and the need to prove that the miracle wasn't squandered on him."
Jerusalem Report contributor Halevy's engrossing account of his tenure among the late Rabbi Meir Kahane's radical right-wing demimonde and his eventual reemergence into respectability. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 1995

"A colorful, absorbing, and well-told tale. (16 pages illustrations, not seen)"
In a worthy successor to his noted 1676: The End of American Independence (1984), historian Webb (Syracuse Univ.) gives an account of the transatlantic Protestant military putsch known to history as the Glorious Revolution, which was orchestrated by John Churchill, Winston's illustrious ancestor and the first duke of Marlborough. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"Exceptional for its details about life before the war and in the ghetto, and powerful despiteor perhaps because ofits simplicity."
In almost journalistic prose, Ganor describes his experiences in the Slobodke ghetto in Lithuania and in concentration camps, until his liberation on May 2, 1945. Read full book review >
TOM by Lyle Leverich
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Affectionate and affecting, dense with arresting detail, likely to be definitive. (50 b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to the New Yorker)"
Artistically and psychologically acute biography of the great American poet-playwright. Read full book review >
YOURS, ISAAC ASIMOV by Stanley Asimov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A journalist very nearly succeeds in producing a book devoid of news."
For those Isaac Asimov fans who wonder if two long, detailed volumes of autobiography and a book of memoirs might have left any stone unturned, here is a largely mundane collection of comments to peruse. Read full book review >
GUNS OR BUTTER by Irving Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"The author's mastery of historical materials is evident on every page of this useful and welcome book."
A careful, densely detailed account of a troubled administration. Read full book review >
I.M. PEI by Michael T. Cannell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"All the same, Pei's public success makes for a great story, one that Cannell adroitly reports. (90 b&w photos, not seen)"
The lineaments of I.M. Pei's career emerge clearly in this skillfully composed biography, although the celebrated architect's private personality remains veiled. 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 >