Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2722)

TRAGEDY IN DEDHAM by Francis Russell
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 1962

"A stunning study."
Incredibly—after all that has been said—the Sacco and Vanzetti case comes up in a major and moving work. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1962

"Further, he systematizes nothing; there are no socio-cultural parallels drawn; man, as we've known him, vanishes completely in this gala inquiry into the limits of the possible."
Arthur Clarke is the high lama of science fiction and non-fiction; as an astrophysicist he wrote The Exploration of Space; with a Wellsian imagination he concocted Childhood's End. Read full book review >

BETWEEN PAST AND FUTURE by Jerome Kohn
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1961

"The most her book can do is make the average reader comprehend that his education is totally inadequate."
Between Past and Future is a collection of six long and rhetoric-filled essays that strive to measure how far modern man has strayed from the classical tradition, in both the way he educates his children and the way he evolves his outlook on life. Read full book review >
WORDS FROM THE MYTHS by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 27, 1961

"This is a generally enlivening approach to mythology."
Isaac Asimov has organized a large portion of Greek mythology around a specific theme, the effect of mythological words and phrases on our language. Read full book review >
THE WELLSPRINGS OF LIFE by Isaac Asimov
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 1960

"An important book for all libraries having the slightest interest in providing the best in scientific explanation to the general reader—adult or teen age."
This is an up to date survey touching on every aspect of science's attack upon the question, "What is Life?" Read full book review >

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 >
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 >