History Book Reviews (page 943)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Covers too short a period and contains too much ephemera to interest any but the most die-hard students of Confederate social or 19th-century American women's history."
The overly prosaic and gossipy journal of a 16-year-old Jewish girl and fierce Confederate patriot. Read full book review >
ANGELS DON'T DIE by Patti Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Wait until Chelsea gets a little older. ($120,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Angels may not die, but they will surely wish for suspended animation until the last copy of this book is shredded. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Fisher's thought-provoking examination demands of us a more sober, less idealistic assessment of German society and culture after unification."
A disturbing look at the problems facing contemporary Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"An essential, fascinating, and thought-provoking work of intellectual history."
A fundamental work that reflects on the history of the past half century. Read full book review >
DESCARTES by Stephen Gaukroger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Gaukroger's book lives up to its subtitle: It does valuable research in analyzing Descartes's work over his shifting career and in its proper context, but it wholly eclipses the biographic element. (67 figures, 4 halftones)"
This academic analysis of Descartes's (15961650) mathematical and philosophical studies traces the development of his work more than the patterns of his life and times. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"But his mostly successful exploration of their interests, anxieties, hopes, and dreams is certainly worth a look. (17 b&w photos, not seen)"
After a year of hanging out with Dave Bettencourt, a Rhode Island high school senior, Providence-based journalist Miller (The Work of Human Hands, 1992) concludes that, ``yes, it is more difficult to grow up'' in today's violent, media-plagued society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"An on-the-money introduction to the financial fraternity's ruling class."
This blue-chip status report makes a substantive contribution to the growing body of literature of the pivotal role played by central banks in in the Global Village's financial affairs (see Marjorie Deane and Robert Pringle's The Central Banks, 1995). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A first-rate collection of thoughts from the front line that presents the war with an immediacy lost in more scholarly studies and that shows how contemporary Americans viewed the Second World War."
An absorbing collection of battlefield pieces from WW II newspaper correspondents that range from history-as-journalism to journalism-as-propaganda. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF WARFARE by Bevin Alexander
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"While some chapters here would make good magazine articles, as a whole the book lacks perspective, and with its silence on the human catastrophe in Bosnia, it fails the key test of relevance."
Contrary to its title, this book is not about the future of warfare, but rather the types of war the author expects the US to get involved in next. Read full book review >
CLASH OF TITANS by Walter J. Boyne
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"An engrossing narrative, not overburdened with detail, and a perceptive analysis of the vital victory at sea for the Western democracies."
Military historian Boyne (Clash of Wings, 1994, etc.) offers a general account of the naval engagements fought from 1939 to 1945. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"A worthy addition to WW II history."
A successful one-volume encapsulation of a vast number of the elements of a tremendous war waged on land, on sea, and in the air. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Still, a useful, circumstantial overview of a tumultuous era."
An accessible yet thoroughly detailed account of a time in American history that seems very much like our own. 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 >