Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Still, Parenti is mostly content to offer propaganda in the place of closely argued advocacy."
America the Beautiful is a lie, and the American dream is a nightmare for all but the rich. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"While the occasional passage of soul-searching provides some insight into the mind of a tracker, this rant is sadly weighed down by cheerless bravado. (Author tour)"
A trash-talking exUS marshal presents his vision of what he calls ``the real world.'' Pascucci, an old-school proponent of law and order and a Reagan devotee, was a US marshal from 1978 to 1989. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

A broad and unsurprising history of the Democratic Party's 30 years of self-defeating ideological infighting. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An effective study of one of modern warfare's most awesome weapons."
A powerful study of armored warfare, from the introduction of the tank by the British army at the Battle of Cambrai in 1917 through Desert Storm in 1991. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 1996

"With these measures in place, they would add another member to the family—Big Brother."
An ultimately creepy look at intolerance on campus and how it should be countered. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 25, 1996

"Often awkward, even strained, his prose has a rushed journalistic feel to it, certainly a far cry from the polish he displays as a playwright and memoirist."
Nobelist Soyinka (Art, Dialogue, and Outrage, 1994; Ake, 1982; etc.) takes on the despotic regime of his native Nigeria in this series of scathing jeremiads. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 19, 1996

"Still, in the end the authors have skillfully portrayed a Justice Department that is intrinsically honest, but plagued by growing pains as it struggles to adapt to new threats and rules."
A lively and highly informative look at the modern Justice Department's criminal division, by two veteran Washington reporters. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS OF A RADICAL MODERATE by Elliot Richardson
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1996

"His hopeful book is a welcome relief from the gloom-and-doom polemics that now overfill the current-events stacks."
A humane, optimistic view of national politics from a longtime Washington insider. Read full book review >
GANGSTA by Ronin Ro
NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 1996

"A well-aimed but not totally credible call for responsibility in an influential industry."
One disillusioned hip-hop journalist's chronicle of the rise and decline of a musical form and a culture he believed in. ``Gangsta rap is destroying hip-hop,'' Ro asserts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 1996

"An intelligent and well-reasoned effort, but Berman tries to cover too much ground; there are enough ideas here for five books and too little development for one. (Author tour)"
A provocative but desultory history, ultimately adding up to little, in which Berman (ed., Blacks and Jews, 1994, etc.) compares the radical political movements in 1968 with the liberal democratic revolution of 1989 in Europe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 8, 1996

"It's a great story, but it might be fun to read a spicier version, one as thoroughly uninhibited as the newspaper it celebrates."
Executive editor Cuozzo offers a surprisingly dignified, un-Post-ian memoir of his paper's fight for survival and the tabloidization of the American media. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Although the promise of the title is not kept, tucked away in an appendix are some informative assessments of AARP's principal products, such as various types of insurance, mutual funds, and travel discounts. (Author tour)"
A cursory analysis of the structure and financing of Social Security and Medicare masquerading as an unveiling of the AARP. 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 >