Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

ACCARDO by Jr. William F. Roemer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 24, 1995

"A big, sprawled-out account that serves more as anecdotal history of organized crime than it does as biography. (photos, not seen)"
A well-padded but quite readable history of Tony Accardo, the gangster who got his start as Al Capone's bodyguard and rose to rule over the Chicago mob until his death of natural causes in 1992. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS by David Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 1995

A modest, enjoyable, and minor memoir by a journalist who has seen much 20th-century history in the making. Read full book review >

BARRY GOLDWATER by Robert Alan Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 1995

"751) on Goldwater's role in postwar American politics."
Sturdy political biography of the author of modern American conservatism (not authorized, but written with its subject's cooperation) . Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 1995

"Books like this, whether from Left or Right, aim not to persuade but, like talk radio, to encourage bonding among the elect. (First serial to Reader's Digest; author tour)"
The conservative former head of the National Endowment for the Humanities fires this latest salvo in the culture wars. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"An absorbing look at the impact of Alliance politics on the outcome of WW II."
In a global history of the Grand Alliance, military historian Breuer (Race to the Moon, 1993, etc.) shows that the shouting war that raged among Allied leaders was in its way almost as violent as the shooting one with the Axis. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"Parents and visionary educators, if not educrats, should sit up and take notice. (Author tour)"
A scathing critique that grabs America's educational establishment by the scruff of the neck and shakes it until its trendy goals of building self-esteem, clarifying values, and evaluating feelings rattle hollowly where the three Rs ought to be. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"Intelligent and entertaining, Pinkerton offers some fodder for policy wonks, although his ideas do not amount to the promised conceptual sea change in our way of thinking about government."
In a diverting commentary on our increasingly dysfunctional political system, Newsday columnist and former Bush policy advisor Pinkerton predicts the imminent demise of bureaucracy and the rise of a ``new paradigm'' of government. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"An absorbing and authoritative canvass that puts paid to any beguiling notion that legalized gambling provides either a quick or durable fix for depleted municipal and state treasuries. (Author tour)"
A censorious audit of government's role in the recent proliferation of legal gambling. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 1995

"A reader-unfriendly look at an unpleasant but important subject. (16 charts, not seen) (Author tour)"
Some perceptive, original ideas can be dredged out of this awkwardly written, haphazardly annotated treatise on the psychological forces that come into play in killing on the battlefield. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Poor Jacob Neusner, poor readerthis is dreary stuff from an admirably productive, often insightful scholar."
A curious hybrid: part history of the American university during the Cold War years, part memoir of the elder (Jacob) Neusner's five decades as perhaps America's leading Judaica scholar. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A solid contribution to the literature of recent American political history. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A moving story of a poor family's unforeseen contribution to the civil-rights struggle in America. Read full book review >
UNITED NATIONS by Stanley Meisler
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"But generally, a clear-eyed view of an organization as victimized by naive hope as by corrosive cynicism. (photos, not seen)"
An even-handed, realistic history that implicitly measures how far the UN has come in achieving the high hopes its founders held when it was created at the end of 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 >