Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Astute character reading and solid research combine with ingenious and stylish prose: a superior portfolio from a journalist who stays at the top of his game with remarkable consistency."
Narrative nonfiction in the mode of A.J. Liebling and Ernie Pyle, from bestselling journalist Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
EVERYDAY MATTERS by Nardi Reeder Campion
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2004

"A memoir to savor for its many riches and, most of all, its zest."
Humorous and insightful chronicle of a long life filled with interesting friends and experiences, shared for nearly six decades with an exceptional man. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2004

"Perceptive, thoughtful—and thought-provoking—with abundant moments of insight."
Intensely personal essays explore autobiography as a means of creative self-examination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2004

"One of the best forays into the Days of Rage—event, prequel, and sequel—to have appeared in years."
A pensive tale of the Old Left and the New, and of the political and personal struggles that shaped four generations of Americans. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Doubtlessly more enjoyable than reading the EB itself, with lots of arcane nuggets readers can casually drop on the unsuspecting like sacks of flour from a great height."
Esquire editor Jacobs (The Two Kings, not reviewed) squares off against all 32 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica and returns to his corner in comic triumph. Read full book review >

THE FALL OF BAGHDAD by Jon Lee Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"First-rate frontline reportage, full of luminous and eye-opening details."
A reporter's notebook documents life in Iraq before and during the current war. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Throws bones worth chewing on long and hard."
Crack political journalist Alterman (What Liberal Media?, 2003, etc.) examines the culture of deceit that has marred the American presidency, footnoting every word. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2004

"The way history should be written. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A murder case in Detroit lies at the heart of labor scholar Boyle's wide-ranging examination of race relations early in the 20th century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A mind-boggling, sometimes stomach-churning glimpse of a profession that is far more demanding than TV's glamorized version of it."
A "bone doctor's" gritty, fascinating account of her challenging career analyzing skeletal remains to discover how people died, who they were, and even what they looked like. Read full book review >
OSAMA by Jonathan C. Randal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2004

"A masterful work of reporting, and of great importance in understanding the rise of modern Islamic terrorism and its singular personification."
Osama bin Laden: part Robin Hood, part Che Guevara, part Saladin, part "religious pop star in a land hungering for inspirational role models," and part Old Man of the Mountains, "whose votaries so intimidated Middle Eastern contemporaries that they were dubbed Assassins." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2004

"A treat for Thompson's many fans, though guaranteed not to earn him many admirers among the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld believers."
War and football have this in common, quoth the ascended master of gonzo journalism: "They are both profoundly violent and cruel and utterly unforgiving, and they both require public brutality by people wearing elaborate uniforms." Read full book review >
CRUSADE by James Carroll
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2004

"Smart and closely argued contrarianism, worthy of a Berrigan or Niebuhr. And don't miss the bonus track: a learned, priestly scourging of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ, 'a triumph of sadomasochistic exploitation.'"
Did Dubya know what mental associations he conjured up when, post-9/11, he promised to launch a crusade against terror? Maybe not. But Al Qaeda got the point—and so did the rest of the Muslim world. 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 >