Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2723)

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 >
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
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 >
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 >
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
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 >
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
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 >
Released: Aug. 31, 1956

"And he recognizes- as he turns North-a vast sense of relief at escape from responsibility, from the divisiveness that characterizes the Southerner."
Kentucky born poet, novelist, journalist, Pulitzer prize winner, Robert Penn Warren will be listened to as the average Northerner with comparable acceptance would not. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE ATOM by Isaac Asimov
Released: May 11, 1956

"Plenty to chew on here, all very well explained by a man whose business is science."
To add to the many recent surveys of atoms and their function (see Atoms Today and Tomorrow by Margaret Hyde, The Tenth Wonder by Carleton Pearl, etc.) this is another efficient study which, with Asimov's name, should have its drawing power. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 1956

"Exciting and revealing reading, this provides the background we need for other reading-fact and fiction, and leaves us with eager anticipation for the volumes to come."
A rare gift for vision, a sense of drama, a genius for the right word, an imaginative sense of people and story are here applied to the beginnings of a great people. Read full book review >
THE COLOR CURTAIN by Richard Wright
Released: March 19, 1956

"A personal approach- this; but a book that needs to be pondered."
Subtitled- A Report on the Bandung Conference — this is a more important book than this would seem to indicate. 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 >