History Book Reviews (page 938)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Illuminating new perspective on an old topic."
A detailed examination of the events surrounding the American Revolution, as seen from the other side of the Atlantic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"A fresh, needed reinterpretation of Sherman the man, but a bit overwritten and sometimes off-base in its psychologizing."
The battles of the Civil War become background scenery in this long, sober examination of the mind and personality of ``Cump'' Sherman, 19th-century American military icon. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"An unsparing autopsy of the corpse of the First Italian Republic, with revelations that inspire both hope and despair."
A highly successful attempt to understand the bewildering, exasperating, and at times absurd political culture of contemporary Italy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Effectively executed, but a repulsive story nonetheless."
Gut-wrenching account of a brutal 1988 rape/murder in Louisville, Ky., and the miscarriage of justice that resulted when killer's prosecution was botched. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"Despite these lapses, generally engaging. (10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This thoughtful study weighs received wisdom about women who influence American foreign policy against the evidence. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Deft and timely, this helps dispel many misconceptions about one of our nation's least understood immigrant populations."
A masterful blend of personal, family, and national history set against the backdrop of South Korea's long fight for independence and democracy. Read full book review >
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI by Jan Marsh
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"The author's steady, sympathetic course through Rossetti's divided life enables readers to delve into the intense and original self most fully expressed in her poetry. (16 pages b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
An adept survey of the outwardly placid, internally conflicted life of an English counterpart to Emily Dickinson. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"One tough journey, luminously remembered, pulled off with a combination of flair, grit, and good humor. (16 pages b&w photos, 5 maps, 25 drawings, not seen) (Author tour)"
Preston, who followed in Coronado's footsteps in Cities of Gold (1992), feels the itch for another rigorous, horse-borne journey—this time through the sere lands of Navajo reservation— and returns with pungent descriptions and curious encounters. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE'S SONG by Robert Timberg
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Timberg uses the stories of five men and the transformation of the Naval Academy to chronicle America's loss of innocent faith in itself and the consequences of that loss for a generation."
A sprawling, passionate account of the Vietnam and postwar journeys of Annapolis graduates John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, Oliver North, John McCain, and James Webb. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"Not the innovative work the author claims, but clear, lively, and comprehensive."
An amiable and perhaps charitable portrait of the self- proclaimed grandmother of the modern movement. Read full book review >
THE LOST FORTUNE OF THE TSARS by William Clarke
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"A fiscal detective's exhaustive accounting that focuses on the monetary aspects of an imperial dynasty's harsh fate. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A judicious audit of what happened or may have happened to the vast riches controlled by Russia's Romanoffs before they were executed by Bolshevik irregulars in the wake of the 1917 Revolution. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Third World. (70 illustrations, not seen)"
An animated, impeccably argued historical portrait of British colonial misrule in the Middle East. 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 >