History Book Reviews (page 944)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1995

"A minor tale of the Cold War, but well told."
An unusual biography cum investigation of an academic caught up in a Cold War controversy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1995

"A fitting memorial to the crew of the Black Cat."
A poignant story of a B-24 crew from the selection and training of its members through their spine-tingling combat raids over Germany in WW II. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1995

"Rich in incident and anecdote, but Gilbert turns over soil already so thoroughly mined that it is hard to find a nugget."
For all the drama inherent in the story of WW II's end, this is one of the noted British historian's least interesting books. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1995

"The book is written in a rather irritating historic present tense, but it is an important, extraordinarily informed, and comprehensive insight into the grand strategy of the Second World War."
One of the most remarkable books to emerge from the treasure trove of communications between the Germans and the Japanese intercepted by the Allied code breakers in World War II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1995

"The constant reference to intramural academic matters naturally limits the audience, but Genovese's collection offers much of value."
The South rises again—if only in this study of American history. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Occasionally messy, but charged with a visionary current that sends thought-provoking shock waves shooting from the pages. (Author tour)"
A heated essay on the art of cool and what it means to African-Americans. Read full book review >
MOHAWK BLOOD by Michael Baughman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Pretentious and riddled with inaccuracies, the book is best viewed as Baughman living out the ultimate white colonial fantasy- -playing Indian."
A sometimes poignant but ultimately banal memoir that simultaneously essentializes American Indians and has nothing to do with them. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Not a basic primer so much as an emperor's-new-clothes account of academic philosophy by a man who found meaning in his own life through a commitment to one who shared his concern for all humanity."
A fascinating memoir with an ending that will change many people's opinion about the Peck's bad boy of philosophy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"More than family history or mere coming-of-age memoir, Fish's first effort is a wise, clearheaded look back at a more selfless era that stressed community needs over individualism."
A sober, reflective inquiry into morality and values as practiced and passed down by six generations on a Vermont family farm. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

A spirited vindication of classical liberalism and its notions of constitutional government. Read full book review >
COMPANY C by John Sack
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Readers in search of a gritty grunt's-eye view of the Gulf War will be far better served by Carsten Stroud's estimable Iron Bravo (1995)."
A journalist's perfervid, impressionistic, and ultimately pointless take on an American armored unit that survived Desert Storm with a minimum of combat casualties. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1995

"Leckie's flawed account hardly does justice to this climactic Pacific battle that warned Allied strategists that an invasion of Japan could cause a bloodbath many times worse. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
This sketchy account attempts to tell the US Marines' version of the story of the Battle of Okinawa. 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 >