MEMOIRS

Here I go beyond the normal definition of memoir to include everything from true memoirs to full biographies and autobiographies.

Lists of available reviews of autobiographies, memoirs or biographies

PRINCIPAL
AUTHOR
TITLE
(Linked to review)
RATING
(0-5)
REVIEW
DATE
ONE-LINE
DESCRIPTION
Allen, Paul Idea Man 5.0 7/05/2012 The other Microsoft co-founder tells us how he did it, why he left the company, and the surprising things he's done since.
Anderson, Ray C. Confessions of a Radical Industrialist 5.0 12/21/2013 Follow Ray Anderson as he wrings waste out of his carpet-manufacturing business — and ramps up the profits!
Asimov, Eric How to Love Wine 5.0 9/16/2013 "Wine is life! Live it, love it — but don't worship it!" is the (paraphrased) message here from the Chief Wine Critic of the New York Times.
Asimov, Stanley (ed.) Yours, Isaac Asimov 5.0 12/16/2000 An edited collection of The Good Doctor's surviving letters, organized by topic
Clarke, Arthur C. Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! 5.0 12/13/2001 A compendium of Sir Arthur's essays written from 1934-1998
Clinton, Hillary Rodham What Happened 5.0 1/07/2018 Mrs. Clinton's memoir of the 2016 presidential campaign spares no one — not even herself.
Collins, Judy Sweet Judy Blue Eyes 5.0 6/29/2012 In her third memoir, folksinger and activist Judy Collins writes with candor and grace of her varied career and the difficulties that plagued her during the early part of it.
Collis, John John Denver 4.0 6/04/2015 Although he devotes too much space to musical industry metrics, Collis gives us an honest and useful picture of John Denver the man.
Comey, James A Higher Loyalty 5.0 4/29/2018 The fired FBI Director credibly shows us who he is — and proves the value of his leadership.
Cousteau, Jacques-Yves The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus 5.0 3/20/2008 This is both memoir and manifesto of the famed ocean explorer.
Ladies Home Journal The 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century 2.5 12/24/2001 A compilation of brief biographies of some important women
Lehman, Milton This High Man 5.0 3/28/1998 A biography of rocketry pioneer Robert Hutchings Goddard
Marques, Nadedja Born Subversive 5.0 2/05/2017 Nadedja Marques has survived misfortunes that would break many Americans. Here is her inspiring story.
Moon, Sun Myung As a Peace-Loving Global Citizen 3.0 3/04/2012 Right here on these pages, the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, aged 90 years, looks back on his life and shares some memories that maybe reveal more than he had intended.
Morgan, George D. Rocket Girl 5.0 3/08/2015 Wernher von Braun built the rocket that put up America's first satellite. But here's the story of the lady who made the fuel that gave the rocket enough power to do the job.
Mullane, Mike Riding Rockets 5.0 5/29/2012 I've never read an astronaut memoir like this, and I expect you haven't either.
Obama, Michelle Becoming 5.0 11/30/2018 The first African-American FLOTUS gives us an inspiring and unsparing account of her life to date.
Pendle, George Strange Angel 5.0 3/15/2006 Finally, a worthy biography of rocketry pioneer John Whiteside Parsons. In his rather bizarre life, the largely self-taught Parsons made major contributions to solid-fuel technology.
Perkins, John Confessions of an Economic Hit Man 3.5 12/27/2005 I judge Mr. Perkins' confession heartfelt and reasonably well-crafted, but in the final analysis unreliable. Still, it's a good read.
Schneider, Stephen H. Science as a Contact Sport 5.0 8/03/2010 A memoir of the late Dr. Schneider's remarkable life in climate science and politics
Schoen, Douglas Pat 5.0 6/21/2004 A biography of the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Schulman, Daniel Sons of Wichita 5.0 3/03/2015 Four sons had Fred Koch of Wichita. Building on the firm he founded, they created the biggest private company in America and used it as a lever to upset the country's political system.
Silvey, Anita Let Your Voice Be Heard 5.0 10/28/2018 Although classified as "Juv. Lit.", this book does an excellent job of capturing the life and spirit of the foremost American Folksinger.
Simon, Charlie May Faith Has Need of All the Truth 5.0 12/25/1997 A biography of the Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin for young readers
Strong, Douglas H. Dreamers & Defenders 5.0 8/27/2001 Short but comprehensive biographies of America's foremost conservationists, from Thoreau to Commoner
Takei, George To The Stars 5.0 3/28/1998 George Takei (Mr. Sulu of the original Star Trek) describes his life, from an Arkansas internment camp to college at UCLA and Berkeley and success in Hollywood.
Vance, Ashlee Elon Musk 5.0 3/31/2016 Ashlee Vance gifts us here with a probing look into the life and work of the enigmatic entrepreneur Elon Musk, who is revitalizing several vital industries.
Wakatsuki, Jeanne Farewell to Manzanar 5.0 5/08/2012 Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven when she was interned at Manzanar with her family. This book recounts her experiences there.
Wallace, Mike Between You and Me 5.0 1/03/2006 Long-time 60 Minutes reporter Mike Wallace presents a selection of interview excerpts, along with some news analysis and anecdotes from his eventful journalistic career.
Wilson, Joseph The Politics of Truth 5.0 11/05/2004 Former Ambassador Joe Wilson recounts his life, with special reference to the current controversy over the disclosure that his wife, Valerie Plame, was an undercover CIA operative.
Wilson, Valerie Plame Fair Game 4.5 11/14/2007 Unfairly exposed CIA covert agent Valerie Plame finally gets to tell her side of the story.
Quality Ranges for Book Reviews
The books are rated from 0 to 5 in increments of 0.5. Colors represent the following quality ranges:
4.0 to 5.0 Quality: HIGH (Color = Aqua) Competent to exceptional; well worth the money
2.0 to 3.5 Quality: FAIR (Color = Lime) Useful despite some flaws; may or may not be worth buying.
0.5 to 1.5 Quality: POOR (Color = Yellow) Seriously flawed; read it if you wish, but don't buy it.
0.0 to 0.0 Quality: YUCK (Color = Fuchsia) Avoid this book at all costs!
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