Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"These aren't pretty pictures, but collectively, and with Kasher's text, they tell a central—perhaps the central—story of midcentury America."
In an era saturated by media, our collective memory is formed by visual images. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A somewhat disjointed but still thought-provoking examination of the ways in which American cities and towns make us bad citizens. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A rare, absorbing study of one man's experiences during a dark and tragic time. (55 illustrations, not seen)"
The memoir of a young physicist, coming of age in Hitler's Germany, who was part of a secret experimental base that developed the V-2, the world's first large rocket-powered missile, under the direction of Wernher von Braun. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"That said, however, this book has much good advice on protecting oneself from unscrupulous or sloppy lawyers. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A useful if somewhat naãve assessment of the labyrinthine divorce system. Read full book review >
DOSSIER by Edward Jay Epstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A dirt-dishing, painstakingly corroborated life story that sets the record straight on a master con man who fooled most of the people most of the time. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A revealingly revisionist biography of Armand Hammer who, before his death at 92 in 1990, had made a considerable name for himself as an industrialist, patron of the arts, philanthropist, and unofficial envoy to Communist seats of government. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"German problem,'' it has become as a problem for everyone else, too."
In her latest collection of her ``Letters from Europe'' for the New Yorker, Kramer (Whose Art Is It?, 1994, etc.) ponders the fate of post-Wall Germany. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"History in a hurry. (illustrations, not seen)"
A once-over-lightly briefing on the individuals and principles that have made the Republican Party a force to be reckoned with in US politics since it first backed a presidential candidate (John C. FrÇmont) in 1856. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A first-rate and highly accessible history of radicalism in rural America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Cogent and well written, Wallis's call for action deserves to be heard."
What right has Pat Robertson to speak for America's Christians? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A brilliantly constructed attack on corporate legal defenders that ends with a rousing call to lawyers to remember ethics and idealism, but likely to enrage more lawyers than it inspires."
A blistering attack on the tactics used by powerful lawyers to defend major corporations. Read full book review >
SIMON WIESENTHAL by Hella Pick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"There is no more disturbing memory for the West than that of the genocidal atrocities committed in WW II, and no more disturbing—and decorated—guardian of this memory than the complex man depicted here. (40 illustrations, not seen)"
A full, lucid, and moving biography of the Nazi hunter who became the ``unwelcome conscience'' of post-Holocaust Europe. Read full book review >
COACH by Keith Dunnavant
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"It's just as well, because they probably aren't there."
Balanced and intelligent, this is the first biography of the legendary University of Alabama football coach since his death early in 1983, written by a contributor to the Birmingham Post-Herald who interviewed Bryant for his high school paper. 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 >