History Book Reviews (page 942)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"A challenging, elegant exegesis that puts intellectual meat on the bones of Benjamin Franklin's tip to his fellow revolutionaries at the signing of the Declaration of Independence: 'We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.'"
Fukuyama offers a general theory of prosperity that provides provocative answers to certain of the questions he raised in The End of History and the Last Man (1992). Read full book review >
DWELLINGS by Linda Hogan
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 14, 1995

"Some fine insights obscured by the large chip on the author's shoulder."
Seventeen often accusatory essays on man's relationship with nature by Native American poet and novelist Hogan (Mean Spirit, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 1995

"For a city that is anything but shy, a chronicle of its authors and their masterworks reveals an embarrassment of riches."
One small island, 200 years, and a literary wingspan that stretches from Walt Whitman to Bret Easton Ellis. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 1995

"Rhodes manages to fit in a wealth of interesting detail without worrying too much about how it all hangs together. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to the New Yorker; Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections; author tour)"
Appearances to the contrary, this is not a remake of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Rhodes's very successful technical chronicle of the Manhattan Project. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1995

"An eloquent perspective on the atomic bombings, unusual for its simple focus on getting the facts right instead of blaming or exonerating those responsible for the decision."
In a thoughtful and generally nonpolemical contribution to the extensive literature on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Takaki (Ethnic Studies/Berkeley; Democracy and Race, 1994, etc.) focuses on the complexities of the personalities of the American decision-makers, particularly that of Harry Truman. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1995

"Perhaps we live in an age overly obsessed with the smallest details of the self, but just too much of this account exists at the surface level of facts, sight substituting for insight. (5 photos, 9 illustrations, 4 maps)"
A clunky memoir by a Japanese-American doctor recounting his work with survivors of the atomic bomb. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE FOR OKINAWA by Hiromichi Yahara
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 1995

"Yahara did not do his duty to commit hara-kiri after defeat, thus making possible this fascinating, highly intelligent glance behind the Japanese lines."
A rare eyewitness account of the final battle of the Pacific war, from the vantage point of the embattled Japanese generals: Yahara was senior staff officer of the 32nd Japanese Army on Okinawa. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 4, 1995

"Purely arbitrary interpretations that, when all's said and done, just don't fly."
A bizarre attempt by a legal historian to show that St. Read full book review >
DIVIDED WATERS by Ivan Musicant
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1995

"Musicant gives readers a fantail seat for the Union's triumphs and setbacks during the Civil War. (32 pages b&w photos and maps, not seen)"
An admirable and engrossing account of the largely overlooked contribution naval might made to the Union's victory in the Civil War, from a historian who has a genuine flair for recreating the riverine and seaboard battles that marked this conflict. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Suffers from an author too enamored with his subject's vastness and sheer irreducibility."
Segal tries to cram a thousand books' worth of history into this overly wide-ranging survey. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Touching, lyrical, and often humorous. (Author tour)"
Another entry in what will no doubt be a long series of autobiographies by postbaby boom African-Americans helps place a new generation of memoirists on solid ground. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. 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 >