Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2004

"Sure to be textbook reading at the Pentagon, but deserving of the widest audience."
A superbly written account of the recent unpleasantness in Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2004

"First-rate reading for fans of cloak-and-dagger stuff, and for students of WWII history."
A lively recounting of America's shadow war against the Axis powers, fraught with peril, treachery, and bad decisions. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2004

"As good a look at Mexico as has been written by outsiders since Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors (1984), and essential for students of Latin American affairs."
Superb from-the-barricades portrait of Mexico's second revolution, which is still unfolding. Read full book review >
FLIM-FLAM MAN by Jennifer Vogel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Will haunt readers for days."
Heartbreaking, hard-boiled memoir of the author's late father, a liar and criminal she loved deeply. Read full book review >
CIVIL WARS by David Moats
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Superior reporting, fine writing: required reading for civil-rights activists."
A superb account of one deeply divisive battle in the decades-long civil-rights struggle, recounted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorialist who covered it on the front lines. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"A revealing look at the real, deeply unpleasant work of murder investigators."
A literate, unfailingly interesting work of true crime by a veteran of the genre, picking up where his The Killing Season (1997) left off. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2003

"Basbanes's profound passion never falls into pedantry: readers will emerge with new knowledge, new worries, and enormous respect."
An erudite, often lively analysis of the disappearance of texts thanks to time, weather, worms, warriors, decay, poor judgment, and the computer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2003

"Given the powerful evidence they present, it seems a small price to pay for centuries of wrong—though 'an admission that the majority of white citizens seem unwilling to make.'"
Can whites and blacks ever coexist peaceably in America? The answer, to judge by this depressing essay, seems to be no. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2003

"Even if you sometimes suspect that Braudy is stretching here and there to suit his thesis, his learned explorations are wonderfully engaging and provocative. A first-class work of cultural history, thoroughly impressive in scope and skill."
War changes a man, writes the distinguished cultural historian Braudy—and a woman, too, and all who fall between the dichotomous poles. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2003

"Old-style urban drama: hard to put down, and probably the best look into the NYPD since, well, James Lardner and Thomas Reppetto's NYPD (2000)."
From the former police bureau chief of the New York Times, a vital, incendiary epic of crime, cops, and corruption in New York City. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A feast for political junkies."
Seamlessly combining sound reportage with perceptive insights, AP veteran and Pulitzer -winner Mears recalls the 11 presidential campaigns he covered. Read full book review >
GELLHORN by Caroline Moorehead
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A tough woman and marvelous writer gets her due."
A grand journalist and feminist emerges from Papa's shadow in this high-toned—but oh-so-juicy—life by veteran biographer Moorehead (Dunant's Dream, 1999, etc.). 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 >