History Book Reviews (page 944)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 1994

"This memoir is remarkably free of polemics, self-pity, and self-aggrandizement. It is the work of a man who has led by action and example—a man who is one of the few genuine heroes we have."
In 1918, Nelson Mandela was born, the son of a tribal chief in the Xhosa nation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1994

"In describing social jockeying in pre-Beltway D.C., Jacob sacrifices incisiveness for comprehensiveness."
Jacob reveals that while Washington, D.C.'s cocktail- and dinner-party circuit has changed in its makeup over the last 200 years, its spirit remains the same. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1994

"The answer would have been of interest to the hundreds of thousands who died on the Cold War's proxy battlefields."
Rodman swerves from objective scholarship to partisan cheerleading in this chronicle of the struggle between the US and the Soviet Union for control in the Third World. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 22, 1994

"Articulately partisan critiques of the volatile and evolving state of the union."
Another 175 pieces of Will's lively, inquiring mind. Read full book review >
GREAT DAY COMING by Hope Hale Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 21, 1994

"Davis's memoir of her struggle to think for herself while buffeted by love and ideology is an agonizingly human account of one of history's most tormented decades."
An outstanding memoir of young motherhood, love, political dedication, and madness in the 1930s. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 20, 1994

"Despite compelling material, Zuroff's sludgily bureaucratic- academic prose style manages to stifle much of this important book's impact."
The murderers are still among us, but Zuroff, coordinator of Nazi war crimes research for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and others like him continue to hunt them; retelling the story of this quest ought to be more exciting. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"For MAD purists, this lumpy narrative is further proof that, after Kurtzman, it's been all downhill."
A pop-culture prodigy and shameless self-promoter, DeBartolo manages to make MAD's 42-year history as sanitized as a Disney classic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"Newcomers will learn a great deal from the author's inspired conceptualization but will need frequent respites from the flood of humanity he presents. (48 pages photos, not seen)"
Egerton's examination of the South in the period immediately preceding the civil rights movement is less history through group biography than history through cameo appearance. Read full book review >
PHILIP JOHNSON by Franz Schulze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 1994

"An expansive view of Johnson's prickly intellect, ambition, and shifting aesthetic core. (125 photos, not seen)"
Spry and readable, this first major Johnson biography delivers the goods on the puckish 87-year-old godfather of American architecture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"A spirited account."
A lively recounting of how a ring of Islamic extremists engineered the most ambitious terrorist attack in America to date- -the 1993 bombing of Manhattan's World Trade Center. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"Neufeld deserves his due for thorough research of both German and American archives, but his analysis is questionable and the writing is not up to the potential of the narrative."
A dry history of the Nazi rocket program, concentrating on the development of liquid fuels for missiles. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"A pathbreaking, superb contribution to Holocaust studies."
Bauer offers an eye-opening look into the following question: Could Jewish leaders in America, England, Palestine, and occupied Europe itself have ransomed significant numbers of their brethren? 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 >