History Book Reviews (page 942)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"At its best, despite an occasional lack of analysis, this affecting study of self-definition perceptively reminds us that the dilemmas of race generally express themselves in terms of individual human struggles."
An honest, often poetic memoir about growing up biracial. Read full book review >
VIETNAM 1945 by David G. Marr
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Meticulous and objective, an indispensable document for understanding the roots of American involvement in Vietnam. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A winning combination of scholarly tome and readable history, examining the portentous events culminating in the ``August Revolution'' of 1945, when Ho Chi Minh declared the independent Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"It will take more than this to make Dewey a sage for the '90s. (Photos, not seen)"
Dewey's eclipse as the county's preeminent public philosopher sparks this dense and earnest effort to restore his place in the American philosophic debate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A grim story of heroic survival."
A riveting eyewitness account of the notorious Bataan Death March and of three and a half years in enemy prisoner-of-war camps. Read full book review >
TITO by Richard West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Unsuccessful, both as original biography and as commentary on current events. (8 pages b&w illustrations, not seen)"
An unfocused attempt to combine a biography of Tito, an account of Yugoslavia's rise and demise, and a weak argument about the centrality of religion to the region's conflict. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Provocative, but ultimately unconvincing."
A prominent black conservative alternately enrages and enlightens, but falls far short of his aim: to create a meaningful philosophy that will move African-American readers to take responsibility for their lives. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"That said, it is a useful work that earns a place on the shelf next to Scribner's superb History of the American Cinema series and the pioneering work of film historian Douglas Gomery. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
Waller (who teaches film and popular culture at the University of Kentucky) uses the movies and their commercial reception in Lexington, Ky., as a lens through which to examine the evolution of the entertainment business in small-city America, and to see how racial divisions affected that development. Read full book review >
EVER AFTER by William Wharton
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Wharton's ordeal is not easy reading, but his persistence in assailing the woeful cause for it is highly admirable."
A piercing cry from the heart, a resounding call for reform — and that rare thing: a unique book. Read full book review >
COMPLETING THE CIRCLE by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 31, 1995

"A heartfelt account of Indian history and tradition by a masterful storyteller."
A poignant though too brief memoir by a prominent Native American author of young-adult fiction. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 1995

"For Bostonians, urban history buffs, and those wearing the green. (photos, not seen)"
A solid, if narrow, exploration of the rich intertwining of the Irish and municipal politics in Boston. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 1995

"But for the true Nazi nuclear- physics junkie, this latest work will provide a high-octane fix."
The author of the authoritative but controversial German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power (not reviewed) here answers his critics and expands on several themes having to do with Nazism and science. Read full book review >
LONDON AT WAR by Philip Ziegler
NON-FICTION
Released: May 24, 1995

"As good a history as we are likely to see of what it meant to be alive in London during the war. (32 pages photos, not seen)"
In the hands of a skillful historian like Ziegler, the reader emerges from this account of London's wartime experiences in at least as benevolent a spirit as the Londoner sweeping away debris at the height of the blitz who remarked that ``if that feller 'Itler keeps on like this, 'e'll get 'isself disliked''. 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 >