Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Her book cries out to be written in a more fertile style."
A formal, leaden treatment that uses the lives and works of Olsen and Le Sueur to map the complex juncture of left-wing politics, second-wave feminism, and modern culture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Authoritative perspectives on a consequential country that remains indominatably foreign for most of the West. (Graphs and tabular material)"
A collection of perceptive essays from a top Asian scholar who sheds considerable light on how Japan managed to become a world- class economic power following its defeat in WW II. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"If there is a major flaw in this unexciting but very sensible book, it is its failure to address the possibility of a renewed security threat from a Russia attempting to recover control of the former Soviet empire."
This proposal for a radically different US defense posture will not soon convert official Washington, but it nonetheless deserves to be heard. Read full book review >
FBI SECRETS by M. Wesley Swearingen
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

A 25-year FBI veteran makes convincing claims that the agency has been waging a secret war on the citizens of the United States for more than half a century. Read full book review >
GENIUS IN DISGUISE by Thomas Kunkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Kunkel writes with such fair-mindedness and so convincingly that readers, including the old lady from Dubuque, will need to remind themselves that they didn't know Ross personally."
A thoroughly classy profile of the famously demanding founder and editor of the New Yorker. Read full book review >

RETHINKING SCHOOLS by David Levine
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Not much news for those who are up on the subject, but a good overview for the interested layperson."
A liberal critique of our schools and some ideas for possible solutions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Argued with a voice of reason and experience."
A cogent collection of essays and academic papers suggesting that multiculturalism in the classroom is an illusion that masks miscommunication and the continuation of a white-male-dominated society. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Lacking cohesiveness and closure, this good-natured account doesn't quite add up to the sum of its fascinating parts. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
A rich study of the role of the Municipal Art Society in the urban planning and development of New York City throughout the 20th century. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Absorbing, informative recollections of two men who helped shape contemporary perceptions of historic events. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
An insider's affectionate and engaging appraisal of a world- class publisher's love/hate relationship with an independent-minded correspondent. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A worthy antidote to tourist images of a smiling island."
A memorable, elegantly written portrait—part history, part travelogue—of the Jamaican subculture of political gangsters and drug-dealing outlaws. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"For anyone concerned with the continual cycles of vengeance and retaliation in our world, Shriver's book offers a well-argued vision of hope."
A compelling case for forgiveness—traditionally thought of as the way to heal disputes between persons—as the route to better relations between peoples. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Simplistic and self-congratulatory."
A faulty diagnosis of what ails our schools, and an account of one woman's inconclusive attempt to cure them. 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 >