Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2004

"A candent, mordant tribute to left-wing America."
Rambling, revelatory story of two anarchists: one dead, the other very much alive and full of pizzazz, despite his protestations. Read full book review >
SARGE by Scott Stossel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A careful and capable portrait, of much interest to advocates of activist, beneficent government and students of the Kennedy era alike."
An overstuffed but highly readable biography of the liberal stalwart who founded the Peace Corps, Head Start, Special Olympics, and many other good causes. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2004

"A powerful tribute to men whose daily lives are the stuff of heroism."
Writer/filmmaker Downey looks inside one of New York's elite firehouses before and after 9/11. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"A bracing, unabashedly partisan, and very smart work of red-state trendspotting."
A fire-and-brimstone essay on false consciousness on the Great Plains. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2004

"Top-notch. Deserving of a place alongside Michael Herr's Dispatches, Anthony Swofford's Jarhead, and other classic or soon-to-be-so tales of modern war."
A consistently engaging kill-and-tell tale of life in olive drab. Read full book review >

A DEATH IN BRAZIL by Peter Robb
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 2004

"An affectionate, probing cultural portrait, as stark as it is entertaining."
Under intellectual scrutiny from a part-time resident, the world's fifth largest country comes alive as "the oddest and most thrilling" in our hemisphere. Read full book review >
BLOOD DONE SIGN MY NAME by Timothy B. Tyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2004

"One of the most candid and lucent books on race in this or any other year."
Powerful, wrenching story of a racial killing during the author's North Carolina childhood. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Scholarly, stimulating, significant. (8 pp. b&w illustrations)"
A sensational 18th-century murder sets the author musing about things that annoy and challenge historians: What are facts? What is history? What are the differences between a novelist and a historian? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2004

"Choice political journalism."
Observant, quicksilver explorations of the Big Apple's political landscape. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Impressive reportage, a fearless commitment to seeing what there is to see, and a strong sense of history: a fine work of literary travel, one that honors its subjects."
A travel writer's anabasis through a country that is no country. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 27, 2004

"Why spies don't make good assassins, why American intelligence needs to borrow a page from the Great Game heroes of the 19th-century British Empire, why things go wrong: it's all here. A perfect companion for fans of John le Carré."
A slender but rich—and quite entertaining—introduction to the shadowy world of spy vs. spy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 2004

"Of a piece with Daniel Bergner's In the Land of Magic Soldiers (2003): a sobering and much-needed portrait of a land that merits, and requires, our attention."
History blended with firsthand reportage of postcolonial Africa, "the stage of mankind's greatest tragedies." 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 >