Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG by David Stebenne
Released: April 1, 1996

"An illuminating look at a fascinating figure in 20th-century politics."
From historian Stebenne (Ohio State Univ.), an absorbing, scholarly biography of an undeservedly neglected legal thinker. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"More than a deft account of some some intriguing spy stories, Waller's history reminds us how crucial intelligence operations were to the war in Europe and to the Allies' ultimate success."
Outdoing the best spy fiction, former CIA inspector general Waller (Beyond the Khyber Pass, 1990, etc.) tells a series of riveting stories about the hidden war between the Germans and the Allies in WW II. Read full book review >

Released: March 29, 1996

"A profoundly revolutionary work that demands a reexamination of the central moral problem of the 20th century. (31 photos, not seen; 8 maps)"
An explosive work that shatters many of the assumptions and commonly accepted myths concerning the Holocaust. Read full book review >
Released: March 25, 1996

The new ``ethnic crime groups'' that make up organized crime in America today perpetrate ``more violence and a greater societal cost than that wrought by the old Italian-American Mafia,'' writes Kleinknecht, a Newark (N.J.) Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 1996

"Still, this is a sobering look at the destructive combination of big money and urban politics—a story played out all too often in recent American history. (70 photos, not seen)"
A strange tale of race and power politics in the putative cause of urban renewal. Read full book review >

Released: March 18, 1996

"In a significant historical document, Zeifman sheds light on the workings of the Judiciary Committee's impeachment staff, although not all will share his highly unfavorable judgments of some of the key players. (10 b&w photos)"
Former House Judiciary Committee chief counsel Zeifman serves up a yeasty brew of unflattering Watergate-related gossip and notes a surprising legacy of the era. Read full book review >
WHILE THE MUSIC LASTS by William M. Bulger
Released: March 17, 1996

"Of little specific concern to anyone uninterested in Massachusetts politics, Bulger's account is nonetheless an engaging, frequently funny look at politics at its most local. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
From the leader of the Massachusetts Senate, a colorful, anecdote-filled memoir of a political life. Read full book review >
Released: March 14, 1996

"Undoubtedly, though, the situation of women was more complex than previously thought, and this riveting drama of an ambiguous heroine sheds light on that bygone age. (illustrations, not seen) (History Book Club alternate selection)"
An absorbing true story of sexual intrigue, legal battles, filial piety, and social history in 16th-century Germany. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 1996

"Told in an easy, anecdotal style, Squires's complex story affords a microcosmic view of the nation's political evolution in the last half century."
A sometimes eye-goggling history of political corruption in one corner of the postwar South. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 1996

"Must reading for law-and-order advocates as well as for those bleeding hearts whose worst suspicions will be confirmed here. (First serial to Glamour and Los Angeles Magazine)"
A convincingly reported, profoundly disturbing discussion of the Los Angeles juvenile court's multifarious failings, providing terrifying evidence of the underbudgeted system's inability to slow the explosion of juvenile crime or to make even a reasonable stab at rehabilitating troubled young offenders. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 1996

"An intriguing story, but don't count on being able to render a verdict on Barbella's case at the end of it. (12 pages photos, not seen)"
A dramatic account of a young immigrant, who in 1895 slit her lover's throat and became the first woman sentenced to the recently invented electric chair. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1996

A comprehensive history of recent Nicaraguan-American relations, written by a man who helped shape that ``bloody and conflict-ridden embrace.'' Kagan, a policy advisor in the Reagan administration, is refreshingly self-critical; ``The ambivalent soul of America has consistently sought the fruits of hegemony in this hemisphere but just as consistently balked at the moral costs of exercising it.'' But he is not overly apologetic for the Reagan administration's missteps, which came out of a domino-theory policy of armed confrontation with the avowedly Marxist Sandinista regime in the form of covert action, or what officials called ``the lowball option.'' Thanks to the Iran-contra scandal that arose from the use of that option, Kagan concedes, even Republican stalwarts had to recognize that the Reagan doctrine of containment was a failure. 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 >