History Book Reviews (page 94)

FIRST FAMILIES by Bonnie Angelo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Somewhat arbitrarily organized but constantly revealing and intimate, a must for any political junkie's personal bookshelf."
A sweeping panorama of family life on Pennsylvania Avenue. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2005

"For that, Goldfarb blames the Bush administration, closing with a reasoned but white-hot denunciation of American imperialism. One of the best of the many books to emerge from the Iraq invasion."
A moving tribute, by NPR correspondent Goldfarb, to his Kurdish translator, guide and friend, an early victim of post-conquest terror in Iraq. Read full book review >

A HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE MODERN WORLD by Howard M. Sachar
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 17, 2005

"An essential work of modern history: put it alongside Irving Howe's World of Our Fathers and Amos Elon's more recent The Pity of It All."
An ambitious, thoroughly accessible account of the so often unhappy fortunes of the Jewish people from the early modern era to the present. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2005

"Fresh, insightfully written investigation of how colonial Puritanism's core beliefs and ragged edges produced its most ungodly legacy."
The life and turbulent times of the only judge fully to recant the actions of a court that sent 19 accused witches to the gallows in colonial Massachusetts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2005

"An excellent, and highly accessible, survey of America's past: a worthy companion to Jake Page's In the Hands of the Great Spirit (2003)."
Unless you're an anthropologist, it's likely that everything you know about American prehistory is wrong. Science journalist Mann's survey of the current knowledge is a bracing corrective. Read full book review >

A WOMAN IN BERLIN by Anonymous
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 2005

"Frank and affecting, a remarkable piece of war literature."
Complex, closely observed diary by a woman living in conquered Berlin at the end of WWII. Read full book review >
SHOCKWAVE by Stephen Walker
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"So it was, and the world has been haunted ever since. An engrossing, saddening reconstruction of events, marking the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima's incineration."
A superb account of the development of the bomb that destroyed a Japanese city with the heat of ten suns. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2005

"Everything you ever wanted to know about a masterpiece."
Opinionated, revealing, constantly entertaining account of the birth and growth of Tennessee Williams's most famous play. Read full book review >
THE SURVIVOR by John F. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2005

"A complement and corrective to the Clintons' own memoirs, full of surprising turns that do much to explain the recent past—and the unfolding political present."
A revealing look at the Clinton presidency, characterized by great ambitions and shattering failures. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2005

"A first-rate sea saga."
The story of a Confederate raider that was still sinking ships months after Appomattox. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"Excellent cultural history, using American Gothic to illuminate Americans' evolving relationship with our heartland values."
The extraordinary odyssey of America's most loved—and reviled—painting. Read full book review >
THE WOMAN FROM HAMBURG by Hanna Krall
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2005

"From Krall, herself born in 1937, conscience-driven reconstructions of lives that lie forever in ruins. Invaluable."
Polish-born journalist Krall (Shielding the Flame, 1986, etc.) writes true stories about real people, but does so using fiction's methods. All of her people were in or were touched by the Holocaust. 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 >