Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

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Released: Aug. 8, 1996

"However, what he has focused on still provides an extremely useful and for the most part well-crafted introduction to an intriguing and important subject."
What makes someone a guru (the Sanskrit word originally meant ``one who brings light out of darkness'')? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 1996

"With three authors, it might be expected that at least one could have managed to show rather than tell. (Author tour)"
In an account burdened by hazy reportage and sloppy writing, private investigator Pe§a's caseload, dazzling though it may be, reads like so many tall tales. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"A wide-angle socioeconomic audit that's long on perceptions but unremarkable in its promised counsel to aging Baby Boomers and Generation Xers on how to prosper in the brave new millennial world of tomorrow."
An upbeat evaluation of America's postindustrial future that offers intriguing if cursory perspectives on domestic economic prospects. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"Amid the usual gaffe-and-gotcha campaign journalism (which TNR itself has sometimes been guilty of), a bracing reminder of the enduring issues."
Joining a mighty stream of political titles appearing between now and Election Day, these 43 typically trenchant essays from the high-buzz Washington journal delight in tweaking conservative noses—and liberal ones, too. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 1996

"This round of history wars, conclude the writers in this excellent collection, was won by the myth-makers."
Linenthal (Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust Museum, 1995, etc.), Engelhardt, and six other historians use a bitter controversy to consider America's attitudes toward its past. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Bradbury necessarily skimps here and there, but he digests, summarizes, and critiques enough to make this into a readable, useful, original guide."
In another of his able (if not overly inspired) surveys, Bradbury (The Modern American Novel, 1983, etc.) traces the ``flourishing traffic in fancy, fiction, dream, and myth'' between the old world and the new. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

A history detailing how, as a society, we have both used drugs and tried to suppress them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"In consequence, the Yakuza (though celebrated in its homeland's B films and tabloid press) is still waiting for a Mario Puzo."
An eye-opening walk on the not-so-wild side with members of the Yakuza, Japan's 400-year-old crime syndicate. Read full book review >
FASCISM by Roger Eatwell
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"An important contribution to the subject, useful to both the general reader and the specialist."
An eminently readable survey of the history of fascism. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >