Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"An unsparing autopsy of the corpse of the First Italian Republic, with revelations that inspire both hope and despair."
A highly successful attempt to understand the bewildering, exasperating, and at times absurd political culture of contemporary Italy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"Despite these lapses, generally engaging. (10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This thoughtful study weighs received wisdom about women who influence American foreign policy against the evidence. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Deft and timely, this helps dispel many misconceptions about one of our nation's least understood immigrant populations."
A masterful blend of personal, family, and national history set against the backdrop of South Korea's long fight for independence and democracy. Read full book review >
THE NIGHTINGALE'S SONG by Robert Timberg
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Timberg uses the stories of five men and the transformation of the Naval Academy to chronicle America's loss of innocent faith in itself and the consequences of that loss for a generation."
A sprawling, passionate account of the Vietnam and postwar journeys of Annapolis graduates John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, Oliver North, John McCain, and James Webb. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Third World. (70 illustrations, not seen)"
An animated, impeccably argued historical portrait of British colonial misrule in the Middle East. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Filled with all the fervor of an uncompromising reformer certain of the truth of his message."
Pugnacious arguments in favor of a single-payer health plan for the United States, along with instructions for building a mass movement to get one. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Autobiographical trivia with all the dramatic appeal of a DoD travel order. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
The dull-as-dishwater memoirs of a good soldier who rose through the ranks to become the US Army's top noncommissioned officer. Read full book review >
EMINENT CHURCHILLIANS by Andrew Roberts
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"But too often, Roberts's text reads like a mean-spirited attack on the personal foibles of some dead men; it does nothing to diminish the stature of Britain's magnificent Last Lion. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In a wearyingly carping exercise in Lytton Stracheylike iconoclasm, British freelance journalist Roberts (The Holy Fox, 1991, not reviewed) exposes the heroes of the period of Britain's imperial decline as grandiloquent fools and knaves, appeasers and apologists for various forms of authoritarianism, and purblind racists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1995

"An insightful and disturbing examination of a dictator-in-the- wings and the creation of a Russian form of fascism."
A close-up look at the most popular figure within the social and political chaos that is today's Russia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1995

"Nonetheless, a wonderful window into 18th-century France and a valuable biographical study of a compelling historical figure."
A historian's lively and persuasive attempt to strip away the mystery surrounding the notorious 18th-century French cross- dresser, diplomat, writer, and spy, Chevalier (or Chevaliäre) d'Eon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1995

"Shelve this collection next to the best writings of I.F. Stone and H.L. Mencken in that great library of books that torment the comfortable."
An absorbing stroll down a potholed, rubble-strewn memory lane with a leading left-wing journalist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 1995

"This suspenseful book, based on interviews with key players, including Ames himself, lends powerful ammunition to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's argument that the CIA has seen its day and should be abolished. (Author tour)"
An eye-widening look inside one of America's most notorious spy cases. 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 >