Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Common-sense talk in a debate characterized by demagoguery."
A tonic exploration of the notorious Willie Horton case and the ``politics of fear'' that has hindered American justice. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Helpful graphs and tabular material throughout."
An arresting collection of revisionist essays that (despite what will strike most readers as a surfeit of donnish baggage) put a fresh spin on Tip O'Neill's dictum that money is the mother's milk of politics. Read full book review >

VIETNAM 1945 by David G. Marr
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"Meticulous and objective, an indispensable document for understanding the roots of American involvement in Vietnam. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A winning combination of scholarly tome and readable history, examining the portentous events culminating in the ``August Revolution'' of 1945, when Ho Chi Minh declared the independent Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"The Anna Quindlens of gay America: personal, committed, and engaging."
Two journalists chronicle their life as a lesbian couple and the trials and rewards of writing the first syndicated gay column. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"No honest history of the Cuban revolution and its relation to American foreign policy can be written without reference to works such as this."
A fiery prison memoir extolling the virtues of rebellion against oppression, against any odds, and no matter what the cost. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1995

"It will take more than this to make Dewey a sage for the '90s. (Photos, not seen)"
Dewey's eclipse as the county's preeminent public philosopher sparks this dense and earnest effort to restore his place in the American philosophic debate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 31, 1995

"For Bostonians, urban history buffs, and those wearing the green. (photos, not seen)"
A solid, if narrow, exploration of the rich intertwining of the Irish and municipal politics in Boston. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 1995

"But for the true Nazi nuclear- physics junkie, this latest work will provide a high-octane fix."
The author of the authoritative but controversial German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power (not reviewed) here answers his critics and expands on several themes having to do with Nazism and science. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1995

"A good introduction for the layperson; flawed for more serious scholars."
A fluid account of five men who helped shape the American Century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1995

"If, as this insider argues, bespredel represents socialist morality in reverse, then Zhirinovsky mirrors the disturbing realities of that reversal. (11 b&w photos)"
An intriguing look at Russia's most talked about politician. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 1995

"A minor tale of the Cold War, but well told."
An unusual biography cum investigation of an academic caught up in a Cold War controversy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 1995

"A fitting memorial to the crew of the Black Cat."
A poignant story of a B-24 crew from the selection and training of its members through their spine-tingling combat raids over Germany in WW II. 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 >