Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2721)

COAST OF CORAL by Arthur C. Clarke
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1965

"A chapter on photographic techniques for the experts."
The account of a "rather small underwater expedition" (the author and his companion, Mike Wilson) in 1954-55 to the Great Barrier Reef of the eastern seaboard of Australia is a bit of all right, even in heavy competition. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1965

"For the astute in international affairs this is a provocative study by Harvard's military analyst."
This is the first of the twelve volume AtLantic Policy Studies being sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. Read full book review >

IN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 1965

"There may never have been a perfect crime, but if there ever has been a perfect reconstruction of one, surely this must be it."
"There's got to be something wrong with somebody who'd do a thing like that." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 1964

"That a master wrote Les Mots is unquestionable, that he wrote from the heart is not."
Can it be that this the most beautifully written, the most perfectly proportioned of anything Sartre has done will turn out to be his most beloved, or at any rate, most popular work? Read full book review >
A MOVEABLE FEAST by Ernest Hemingway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 1964

"There can be little doubt of its interest and attraction for many as a reprise of a now legendary time when Hemingway was young and happy and 'invulnerable,' and a place— well, 'There is never any ending to Paris."
What we've all been awaiting: the first of Hemingway's posthumous works he began in 1958 and finished in 1960. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 1964

"Much of the treasure is still down there waiting for Wilson, while much of the mystery surrounding the ship is slowly rising."
Readers of Indian Ocean Adventure, which Clarke wrote with Mike Wilson, will remember Clarke's skin-diving adventures along the Great Reef off of Ceylon. Read full book review >
SEARCH FOR A METHOD by Hazel E. Barnes
NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 1963

"A cognoscenti conversation piece."
This is part of a large scale Critique of Dialectical Reason in which Sartre, French eminence grise, formally acknowledges Marxism as the 20th century's only philosophy and existentialism as a subordinate ideology working within it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 1963

"But no matter; as everyone knows, Miss Arendt writes like an angel who could outwit the devil; ten or twenty years from now her little book should still be one of the key references to an understanding of barbarism-and-bureaucracy, a 20th century phenomenon."
Hannah Arendt's superb study of Adolf Eichmann operates on a three-pronged front: as a legalistic clearing ground (the Israeli-or-International Court controversy; the relation to the Nuremberg and Successor trials; the forced deportations and "final solution"; Nazis, past and present, and West Germany today); as a psychological description (was Eichmann really a "perverted sadist" or was he "terribly and terrifyingly normal",- a sort of totalitarian age Everyman who no longer knows or feels what a "criminal act" is?); and as a philosophical query (what is the meaning of justice, what are the measurements of morality, when through Auschwitz and Buchenwald the very concepts of good and evil become banalities?). Read full book review >
ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM IN AMERICAN LIFE by Richard Hofstadter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 1963

Thanks to Columbia University's Richard Hofstadter we have at last a fresh, forceful, fluent look from "the nether end" at various aspects of anti-intellectualism in America, past and present, and although it is self-styled a fragmentary rather than a formal study, the work is far-ranging, artfully approached and filled with a spirited, sensibility, without pedantry or polemic. Read full book review >
ON REVOLUTION by Hannah Arendt
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1963

"A powerful indictment and illumination, both immediate and enduring."
Hannah Arendt is one of the world's most profound political scientists: her scholarship is sterling, her philosophical- psychological insights staggering; two of her books Origins of Totalitariansim and Human Condition are among the few significant works in her field and our era. Read full book review >
WORDS FROM THE EXODUS by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 1963

"Asimov unerringly plucks out the odd, the difficult, the 'lost-in-translation' words and makes the discovery of their meaning as exciting as the events they are used to describe."
It is hard to imagine this book being used by itself but it makes a perfect companion volume for the young reader attempting the Bible on his own. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1962

"This book, one to be read slowly, savored and re-read, will appeal to those with the West in their bones and to searchers for the vanished frontier in its not so-distant reality."
The author of this delightful book, one of America's most distinguished writers, states that it is "A History, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier", and it follows this subtitle exactly. 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 >