Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 1996

"Although perhaps of more interest to students of sociology than to the general reader, Moore's study warmly tells a success story about a little-known aspect of WW II."
In an original contribution to the extensive WW II literature, Moore (Sociology/SUNY, Buffalo) has compiled oral histories of African-American women who served in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 1996

This is an alarming record of the rapid growth since 1994 of the militia movement in this country—the movement that, as Stern shows, nurtured the radical anti-government ideology shared by Timothy McVeigh, accused of bombing the federal building in Oklahoma City. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 1996

"Interesting and sometimes inspiring, but omits too much to be the outstanding memoir it might have been. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Literary Guild featured alternate; author tour)"
An African-American educator, political figure, and Baptist preacher recounts his life and times eloquently but too selectively. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"The fastidious, image-conscious J. Edgar Hoover is rolling over in his grave."
Yet another first-person account by an FBI agent whose efforts brought the Mafia to its knees. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

A vigorous biography (the second this year: see Edwin M. Yoder Jr.'s Joe Alsop's Cold War, p. 156) of the brothers whose journalistic opinion shaped American foreign policy through much of the Cold War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"His lessons for us today are compelling and ineluctable. (Author tour)"
An incisive, at times controversial, consideration of moral action in the face of dehumanization, and its implications for everyday life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"At least it will succeed in making alumni wonder what's going on at alma mater."
The author, who has doctorates in education and social work, argues that intellectual standards in American universities have deteriorated to the point of crisis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

Cyril Connolly (190374) was an aesthetic Georgian gadfly, and Fisher (Noâl Coward, 1992) relates in a fittingly tart, gossipy style his stingings and dartings about the Brideshead generation. Read full book review >
FÜHRER-EX by Ingo Hasselbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"An ominous look into contemporary German society that reveals a thriving neo-Nazi ideology. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A profoundly disturbing yet ultimately hopeful story of a young man's passage through the heart of darkness. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE by Lawrence James
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A worthwhile if not particularly innovative study. (24 pages photos, not seen)"
A history of the British empire from its earliest swashbuckling days to the era of its maturity, when it buckled rather than swashed, by the biographer of Lawrence of Arabia (The Golden Warrior, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"By gathering a great deal of information in one place— including an appendix containing copies of crucial documents—and revealing some new facts, Makovsky provides a valuable resource for writers and researchers interested in the details of Middle East peacemaking."
Jerusalem Post and U.S. News and World Report correspondent Makovsky's probing examination of how the 1993 accord between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) came to be. 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 >