History Book Reviews (page 94)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"Bold and brassy, with a solid grasp of its material."
An industry long in the shadows gets its due with a mainstream historical text. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"A fine and necessary work."
The legendary Lakota leader receives due honor in this searching biography. Read full book review >

JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by Richard Rhodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2004

"That makes for an absorbing story, too, and Rhodes (Masters of Death, 2002, etc.) tells it surpassingly well. Outstanding."
The Pulitzer-winning historian and biographer finds a pleasing subject in an American original: the traveler, chronicler, scientist, painter, and entrepreneur whose name remains legend. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"One of the best forays into the Days of Rage—event, prequel, and sequel—to have appeared in years."
A pensive tale of the Old Left and the New, and of the political and personal struggles that shaped four generations of Americans. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"Striking proof of the banality of evil."
A rare document: a psychiatrist's working notes on Nazi officials awaiting trial for war crimes. Read full book review >

E.E. CUMMINGS by Christopher Sawyer-Lauçanno
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Well-researched, comprehensive, and essential to understanding the artist and the artistry. (31 b&w photos, not seen)"
A major new biography of the poet known for his fondness for the lower-case, the fractured word (and line), the idiosyncratic spelling, the prefix un-, the arresting phrase, and—later on—anti-Semitism. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Doubtlessly more enjoyable than reading the EB itself, with lots of arcane nuggets readers can casually drop on the unsuspecting like sacks of flour from a great height."
Esquire editor Jacobs (The Two Kings, not reviewed) squares off against all 32 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and returns to his corner in comic triumph. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"What emerges in this well-researched assessment of a nasty problem are both the author's love for his discipline and his grief for the losses it has sustained."
A professor of history takes to the woodshed not only the recent high-profile plagiarizers and prevaricators (Bellesiles, Goodwin, Ambrose, Ellis) but also those whose acts of omission and commission made possible the whole dreary mess. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF BAGHDAD by Jon Lee Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"First-rate frontline reportage, full of luminous and eye-opening details."
A reporter's notebook documents life in Iraq before and during the current war. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Throws bones worth chewing on long and hard."
Crack political journalist Alterman (What Liberal Media?, 2003, etc.) examines the culture of deceit that has marred the American presidency, footnoting every word. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2004

"An unfailingly interesting, highly readable contribution to Starr's grand series, which is drawing to a close. (Readers still have Starr's take on the 1960s to look forward to; the next volume, he's threatened, will be called Smoking the Dream.)"
In which Starr brings his magnificent, multivolume series Americans and the California Dream, the product of a quarter-century of work, up to the present. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 2004

"Sex, savagery, and high-level political maneuvers energize a splendid piece of popular history. (Illustrations throughout)"
An accusation of rape in 1386 occasions this high-suspense account of a duel to the death sanctioned by the French Parlement and King Charles VI—and attended by thousands of eager spectators. 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 >