Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

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 >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 22, 2004

"Iconoclastic and fascinating. A genuine treat for true-crime buffs, and for anyone interested in the New Deal era."
A rollicking, rat-a-tat ride with Clyde Barrow, Ma Barker, and a raft of inept (but a few first-rate) G-men. Read full book review >
POLITICS by Hendrik Hertzberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2004

"Superb writing, subtle thinking. Just the thing for politics junkies and journalism buffs, especially those wondering who merits wearing Izzy Stone's mantle today."
One of American journalism's brightest intellectual lights shines forth in a fine—and long overdue—selection from four decades of work. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"A shrewd confessional by a knowing veteran—and a helluva cop book."
Archetypal street-smart cop Leuci (Blaze, 1999, etc.) initiates us into the workings of the brotherhood of New York's finest a generation ago. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2004

"'Many early symptoms that heralded the Roman decline may be seen in our own nation today,' writes Byrd. Few students and practitioners of politics are better equipped to make such assessments. An outstanding broadside from a true patriot."
"I do not want to remember my country as being on the side of evil": the distinguished gentleman from West Virginia—whose service and tenure in the Senate are legendary—pulls tight his toga and renders withering scorn unto Caesar. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2004

"Immediate and terrifying, so edge-of-the-seat readers will have creases in their glutei maximi."
AP features writer Lewan crafts a painful, exhilarating narrative from the ordeal of a fishing schooner that tried to cheat the weather forecasts in the Gulf of Alaska and got caught. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 21, 2004

"Literate, sophisticated, and plenty ticked-off: vintage Lapham, and a ringing endorsement of First Amendment freedoms."
The noted contrarian takes on a presidency that seems devoted to taking the path of least resistance. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >