History Book Reviews (page 94)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"'Many early symptoms that heralded the Roman decline may be seen in our own nation today,' writes Byrd. Few students and practitioners of politics are better equipped to make such assessments. An outstanding broadside from a true patriot."
"I do not want to remember my country as being on the side of evil": the distinguished gentleman from West Virginia—whose service and tenure in the Senate are legendary—pulls tight his toga and renders withering scorn unto Caesar. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Immediate and terrifying, so edge-of-the-seat readers will have creases in their glutei maximi."
AP features writer Lewan crafts a painful, exhilarating narrative from the ordeal of a fishing schooner that tried to cheat the weather forecasts in the Gulf of Alaska and got caught. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"Scholarly and entertaining, written with a keen eye for the politics, but never forsaking the pleasures. (16-page color insert, not seen)"
An irreproachably researched and amusingly written history of European monarchs' jezebels. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Strauss's reconstruction of the events of naval and classical history overflows with detail and writerly attention to a grand story."
First-rate military and political history, focusing on a critically important battle of the ancient past. Read full book review >
THE NEW WORLD OF MARTIN CORTÉS by Anna Lanyon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"Luminous proof that history glows with emotion. (11 b&w illustrations)"
Lanyon's graceful, compelling account of her pursuit of the story of the son of Hernán Cortés and Malinche, an Amerindian woman who was the subject of the author's Malinche's Conquest (2000). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2004

"Literate, sophisticated, and plenty ticked-off: vintage Lapham, and a ringing endorsement of First Amendment freedoms."
The noted contrarian takes on a presidency that seems devoted to taking the path of least resistance. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 10, 2004

"Entertaining and enlightening."
A collection of elegant and engrossing essays on the theme of birth. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2004

"A nuanced and much-needed survey of a critically important episode in world history."
A sterling account of Spain's creation of a vast empire, one that "lasted more than three hundred years, more than the British, the French, the Dutch, or the Russian equivalents." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2004

"A candent, mordant tribute to left-wing America."
Rambling, revelatory story of two anarchists: one dead, the other very much alive and full of pizzazz, despite his protestations. Read full book review >
LONGFELLOW by Charles C. Calhoun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Could well encourage a new generation to read Longfellow."
A sprightly, long-needed biography of 19th-century America's most famous, myth-making poet. Read full book review >
LET ME GO by Helga Schneider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"Survivor's tales come in as many shapes as mothers. This one, from the dark side, is as affecting as a kick in the stomach."
Mothers come in all shapes and persuasions: this one enthusiastically joined the Waffen SS, abandoned her children, and embraced her tasks at Auschwitz, as gloomily recounted in her daughter's memoir. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A mesmerizing, rarely mentioned piece of labor history, crackingly told. (10 b&w photographs, not seen)"
A stunning re-creation of the great West Virginia uprising of 1921, when some 10,000 armed miners confronted coal operators and their hired guns in an attempt to unionize. 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 >