History Book Reviews (page 942)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 1995

The fabled first 100 days of FDR's administration in 1933 set the tone for how people would come to think of the New Deal: an aggressive attack on depression and poverty by an activist federal government willing to throw enormous sums of money at economic problems. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 24, 1995

"It's a satisfying picture, but Dick deserves more authoritative, less worshipful editing than he receives from Sutin."
A selection of previously unpublished, or obscurely published, autobiographical sketches, SF musings, philosophical essays, speeches, and journal excerpts. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Weinberg, who struggles to withhold judgment and to weigh Denard's version of events against legend and verifiable fact, tells it well. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A British journalist sets off to find a modern-day pirate and soldier of fortune involved in numerous coups, revolutions, and assassinations in post-colonial Africa. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 1995

"Gilbert's very specialized manual of arms will appeal to the Soldier of Fortune crowd as well as military history buffs. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive, ice-cold briefing that tracks the martial art of sniping from colonial America through the brushfire conflicts of the present day. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 1995

"Keyes provides none."
A strong but limited argument that the moral center that enabled African-Americans to survive slavery and segregation will serve just as well through the perils of inner-city drugs, poverty, and joblessness. Read full book review >

AMERICAN WOMEN WRITERS AND THE WORK OF HISTORY, 1790-1860 by Nina Baym
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1995

"An elegant account that reveals new dimensions in women's relationship to American history and historiography."
By revealing women's use of history in the making of it, Baym rebuts conventional wisdom about women's absence from national life in antebellum America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A well-crafted work of history that not only gives insight into the lives and thought of the two men but also stimulates thought about the public institutions they helped to create."
Drawing on the celebrated correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison about the newly adopted Constitution, Banning listens in on ``three of many conversations that occurred between two founders on matters of continuing concern.'' (See p. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"An intimate picture of a vanished world. (Book-of-the-Month Club/History Book Club alternate selections)"
Historian Davis (A Government of Our Own, 1994, etc.) uses the story of an old Indian trail as an opportunity to take a leisurely, pleasurable look at the social and cultural history of the Mississippi/Alabama frontier. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Intricately detailed and perceptively digressive, Falkner's work is as good as the best books by Donald Honig or Roger Kahn. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Like all fine sports biographies, this one is not merely about an athlete. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A profane, like-it-is, and oddly elegiac take on close encounters of the enlisted man's kind that rings true throughout."
The author of a gritty portrait of an NYPD homicide detective (Close Pursuit, 1986) offers an equally vivid close-up of a US Army noncom before, during, and after the Gulf War. Read full book review >
DENG XIAOPING by Deng Maomao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"China hands'' will have to at least peruse this to keep up with the current view on the historic events that swept China in this century—which matches the course of Deng Xiaoping's life. (b&w photos; maps, not seen)"
Communist Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping has been a major player on the world stage, but his daughter/biographer Deng Maomao fails to do him justice. Read full book review >
THE POPULIST PERSUASION by Michael Kazin
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"A solid historical view, slightly deflated by Kazin's muddled speculation on the need for new, inclusive social movements that incorporate the historic language of populism."
A timely history of the American politicians and publicists who have appealed to ``the people.'' Kazin (History/American Univ.; Barons of Labor, not reviewed) shows how populist language has a complicated history, full of irony, paradox, and at times menace. 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 >