History Book Reviews (page 944)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"For the precision of thought and expression, and the marriage of idealism and worldly savvy, stand as both an inspiration and a rebuke to citizens of the current republic."
The correspondence of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson reads as a quite modern set of documents. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Test Your Racial Issues IQ Test'' for those who want to make sure they don't put their foot in their mouth before sounding off in any arguments about race."
Chideya, a 1990 graduate of Harvard who worked as a staff reporter at Newsweek and is currently employed by MTV News, has taken upon herself no small task. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Some of the essays will be tough going for lay readers, but their range of approaches illustrates many legitimate ways to interpret law—original intent, views of natural law, plain meaning—and their inevitable links to political stances."
An erudite collection of essays, organized with an impressive internal logic by Eastland (Energy in the Executive, not reviewed), in which seven influential young constitutional scholars review some of the Supreme Court's most important decisions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"In probing the history and reconstruction of a house, Hafner sheds light on the complicated and delicate reconstruction of memory and history. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
The tortured history of modern Germany is refracted in the story of a 19th-century villa and the lives of its diverse inhabitants. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"News junkies, except those from Philadelphia, may want to skim."
A worthy but exhausting case study of the 1991 Philadelphia mayoral election, in which reporters emphasized the horse race over substantive issues. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"If one can get past the gung-ho nonsense, these men sometimes make illuminating, if informal, contributions to naval and military history. (b&w photos, not seen)"
These interviews with veterans of the US Navy's SEALs comprise an anecdotal, slackly organized, and often unpleasant oral history of the frogmen and ``special warfare.'' Veteran military reporter Kelly (King of the Killing Zone, 1989, etc.) seems to have more interest in the ``warrior'' spirit than he does in placing these men in a historical and military context. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"With substance calculated to irritate frustrated taxpayers as much as to entertain, Kessler's tabloid style is effective in enticing the reader to keep turning the pages."
A mixture of juicy but hard-to-verify gossip and anecdotes about presidents from Secret Service agents (sworn never to reveal secrets), White House housekeepers, butlers, maids, and cooks, as well as media figures and politicians. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Despite some detectable ethnocentrism, Riley offers much useful information to persons unfamiliar with southwestern history. (36 illustrations, 18 maps, not seen)"
An often engaging, if uninspired, history of the Rio Grande River of New Mexico and those who have lived along it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Although Silverman's characterization of Gyp as an anarchist is strained, the book is a fascinating examination of fin-de-siäcle France and one of its most provocative figures."
An insightful biography of a compelling and paradoxical protagonist of modern French culture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Though fuzzy on the future, a remarkable story about a remarkable episode in world history."
An absorbing account of South Africa's recent five-year ``negotiated revolution.'' Johannesburg-based veteran reporter Sparks (The Mind of South Africa, 1990) is well situated to interview both apartheid-era Afrikaner officials and members of the African National Congress. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"An altogether absorbing account of human civilization in the making. (32 pages color photos, not seen)"
Everything you wanted to know about the Stone Age man unearthed in the Alps in 1991. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Moore offers a scholarly introduction and a cautious editorial hand that, striving for the feel of a manuscript, retains ampersands and archaic (or at least idiosyncratic) spellings."
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 >