Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

EVERYONE IS ENTITLED TO MY OPINION by David Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 1996

"Clearly, his gift is lodged in the delivery—at least when it comes to afterthoughts. (First printing of 250,000)"
These unambitious sign-offs (styled ``homilies'') from 15 years of This Week with David Brinkley never pretend to much—and they surely don't presume to anything as weighty as a raison d'àtre. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"Thanks to his courageous memoir, however, readers will approach such questions with fresh, bitter, and necessary light."
If you read but one book about the wars in the former Yugoslavia, it should be Hukanovi's harrowing memoir of time spent in the death camps of Bosnia. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"An authoritative and enlightening survey of what the future might hold for those who engage in combat on America's behalf."
Hard on the heels of a widely publicized GAO report charging that the Pentagon oversold the high-tech weapons used during the 1991 Gulf War comes an informative, down-to-earth assessment of what arms the US military could and should bear in the years ahead. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1996

"As egocentrics go, Hamblin is remarkably genial and entertaining, a skilled raconteur, and for all his flaws, his cookie-cutter solutions, and unquestioning beliefs, he is never the least bit dull. (24 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The self-styled ``Black Avenger'' of talk radio tries to out- Limbaugh Rush Limbaugh. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1996

"A sloppy, dissatisfying work from an author who has done better. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Wecht, a forensic pathologist and lawyer (Cause of Death, 1993), provides disappointingly little insight into some sensational trials and tragedies of recent years. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1996

Liberal social policy—once regnant, now at bay—is the subject of this loosely organized, often bitterly observant collection of essays and speeches by New York's senior US senator. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Not all will agree with the specifics of Michener's arguments; still, the author makes an admirable effort to define what has made our country great and how to preserve what is best about it."
In a stirring essay on America's past and future, octogenarian novelist Michener (The World is My Home, 1992, etc.) outlines his native land's strong and weak points, and his hopes and fears for America's future. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"But then, the virtue industry has never made a virtue of originality. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; national television/radio satellite tours)"
Virtuecrats Bennett and gang haul in the usual suspects in this flat-footed, statistic-heavy collection of warmed-over nostrums. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 1996

"Schultz extends his catalog of richly detailed, well-written histories with this life of Quantrill, who emerges less as a psychopath than as a soldier bent on bringing total destruction to his enemy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vivid account of the life and times of a Confederate guerrilla. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"A thoughtful conservative's devastating judgment on intemperate liberalism, one that seems sure to reopen the bitter national debate over individual rights and responsibilities. ($100,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A former judge's stinging indictment of the havoc postmodern liberalism has wrought on the state of the American union. Read full book review >
DOING BATTLE by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Unpleasant in many ways, but valuable, as are other of Fussell's works, for a forthright portrayal of war's horrors and lasting ill effects."
From literary historian Fussell (The Angi-Egotist, 1994; Wartime 1989; etc.), a lugubrious, frequently self-pitying account, relieved by flashes of wit, of how he evolved from a happy-go-lucky Southern California innocent into the vinegary cynic and intellectual snob he is now. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >