Non-Fiction Book Reviews (page 2723)

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 >

NON-FICTION
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
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
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
NON-FICTION
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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1954

"The audience interested in the subject- and their number is growing wants it that way."
This is a sound introduction to bio-chemistry, that infant science that is making a revolution in our understanding of how our bodies function. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 22, 1954

"It may frighten — but it must be accepted as an important if sometimes difficult contribution."
An American Negro reports on the revolution of Africa's Gold Coast. Read full book review >
THE REBEL by Albert Camus
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1954

"This exploration into nihilism and rebellion in which Camus spins the globe of ideas to point out new and stimulating areas of thought will be appreciated by the literary and intellectual as an expression of contemporary thought in the world of letters on the world at large."
Albert Camus, esteemed author of The Plague, The Stranger, and other works outstanding in the contemporary literary scene, clarifies and expands his philosophy in an essay which is at least as literary as it is philosophical. 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 >