Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2721)

RESISTANCE, REBELLION, AND DEATH by Albert Camus
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 1960

"Certainly this is the most important book written about Camus, by one who knows best."
Biographically speaking, there is nothing as definitive concerning a man's life as the asides he speaks- to himself or while facing an audience. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 1960

"Unquestionably the book is an important one but it is probably not for general readership."
Henry Kissinger is Associate Professor of Government at Harvard and Executive Director of the Harvard International Seminar. Read full book review >

THIS IS MY GOD by Herman Wouk
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 16, 1959

"And throughout the book, the ideals, the aspirations, the fibre of Judaism is contagiously reflected-providing together the answer to the miracle of Jewish survival for 3000 years and the miracle today of Israel."
An orthodox Jew of today examines his faith, explores the history and the sources of his religion and his people. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER by Simone de Beauvoir
NON-FICTION
Released: June 18, 1959

"Highly recommended."
This autobiography of Mlle. de Beauvoir up to the age of twenty-one is every bit as fascinating as a de Beauvoir novel, largely because she is as absorbed in herself here as a novelist is in his hero and in the same way. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 14, 1958

"This first volume, ending as it does shortly after the Emancipation Proclamation, leaves the reader aware that while history writes the South's defeat, the first two years wrote a balance of victory — with the writing on the wall only faintly decipherable."
The first of three volumes- and this one five years in the writing- this bids fair to be a definitive history within the limitations. Read full book review >

ONCE THERE WAS A WAR by Mark Bowden
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 1958

"Good journalism, yes, but good literature as well."
Steinbeck's war dispatches were memorable, not perhaps for their historical value as a record but because of the vivid personal angle, the human bits, the vitality of capturing the feel of the war as seen on a troopship, in an airbase in England, behind the lines, and so on. Read full book review >
REMEMBER THE ALAMO! by Robert Penn Warren
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 28, 1958

"Boys and girls with any appetite for historical information will endorse this."
This factual account of the Battle of the Alamo brings more vigorous personalities to life and effects more dramatic contrasts than many of its fictional competitors. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1958

"Definitely for those who agree with her viewpoint- and for her following."
The number of American and European observers who have had access to Communist China has been sharply limited, and frequently their opinions have been colored by preformed judgment. Read full book review >
DIAMOND SMUGGLERS by Ian Fleming
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1958

"The background to some of the material which Fleming has used so effectively in his thrillers- authenticated for the true crime fancier."
Some scattered, baguette-sized reminiscences of "John Blaize" who for several years worked with the International Diamond Security Organization to put an end to smuggling- these were told to Ian Fleming and appeared originally as a series of articles in England. Read full book review >
WHITE MAN, LISTEN! by Richard Wright
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 1957

"The final section on the miracle of nationalism in the African Gold Coast is a succint presentation of the steps by which that miracle was achieved — perhaps the most exciting achievement in today's world."
The Color Curtain (World) in 1956 revealed Wright as a challenging spokesman for the colored people of Asia and Africa. Read full book review >
BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE UNIVERSE by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1957

"Though the book suggests nothing of method and gives its facts away free, without payment exacted by lab work, it makes a definitely satisfying review and may serve as a stimulus to students who are having a hard time with their class work."
The Chemicals of Life and Inside the Atom were Mr. Asimov's first ventures into non-fiction for the teen ages after his firm establishment as an s-f writer. Read full book review >
BRIDGE AT ANDAU by James A. Michener
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1957

"The bitter, courageous days come back to living reality — and their lesson should prepare us for the future."
A superb reporter gives his readers — in human terms- the story of the Hungarian revolution, as he learned through the refugees he helped to safety across the bridge at Andau — a bridge "across whose unsteady planks fled the soul of a nation". 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 >