Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"His lessons for us today are compelling and ineluctable. (Author tour)"
An incisive, at times controversial, consideration of moral action in the face of dehumanization, and its implications for everyday life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"At least it will succeed in making alumni wonder what's going on at alma mater."
The author, who has doctorates in education and social work, argues that intellectual standards in American universities have deteriorated to the point of crisis. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Cyril Connolly (190374) was an aesthetic Georgian gadfly, and Fisher (Noâl Coward, 1992) relates in a fittingly tart, gossipy style his stingings and dartings about the Brideshead generation. Read full book review >
FÜHRER-EX by Ingo Hasselbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"An ominous look into contemporary German society that reveals a thriving neo-Nazi ideology. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A profoundly disturbing yet ultimately hopeful story of a young man's passage through the heart of darkness. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A worthwhile if not particularly innovative study. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
A history of the British empire from its earliest swashbuckling days to the era of its maturity, when it buckled rather than swashed, by the biographer of Lawrence of Arabia (The Golden Warrior, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"By gathering a great deal of information in one place— including an appendix containing copies of crucial documents—and revealing some new facts, Makovsky provides a valuable resource for writers and researchers interested in the details of Middle East peacemaking."
Jerusalem Post and U.S. News and World Report correspondent Makovsky's probing examination of how the 1993 accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) came to be. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"In an era of mind-bending by both political and religious sects, this simplistic effort to explain the tragedies of cultist commitment will leave worried readers more puzzled than ever."
The dismaying confession of a woman who, with her husband and six children, was in thrall to a sadistic, self-described ``chosen servant of Jesus Christ.'' It is giving the deranged Ron Larrinaga too much credit to call him a cult leader—at its maximum, his California ``compound'' comprised two dozen people, half of them his own wife and 11 children, another eight the author and her family. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Nicely and unobtrusively edited by Breece's grandniece and urban theorist Jacobs (Systems of Survival, 1992, etc.), this memoir of Breece's 14 years in Alaska is the revealing testimony of a woman who was typical of her times yet extraordinary in how she rose above them. (maps, b&w photos)"
The intriguing diary of a spunky middle-aged woman who represents both the best and the worst aspects of the Progressive movement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A timely reminder, as we enter a year of electoral politicking, that even the touchiest issues can be treated with intellectual honesty and a decent appreciation for opposing views."
A sound and spirited defense of the wall of separation between church and state. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Passionate and absorbing, this leaves one wondering: Why is there no national monument honoring John Quincy Adams? (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
One might expect a voluminous, minutely detailed narrative of parliamentary maneuvers on the floor of the 24th through 28th Congresses (183545) to be tedious. Read full book review >
FRANCE IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY by Frederic J. Baumgartner
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 11, 1995

"French history, Baumgartner's work is nevertheless important for examining the foundations of French absolutism of the 17th and 18th centuries."
A comprehensive study of France's transition from the Middle Ages, through the Renaissance, to the ancien rÇgime. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 1995

"Given such sketchy and unverifiable material, this book will garner little understanding for a growing problem."
This examination of the rise of Vietnamese youth gangs relies heavily on Du Phuoc Long's work as a juvenile rehabilitation counselor in Santa Clara County, Calif. 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 >