Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 505)

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Complete with anecdotal particulars and big-picture perspectives, a stunningly effective chronicle of a vanguard state's coming of age. (25 halftones, not seen)"
A first-rate, vivid, verbal diorama of the varied events that formed and reformed California during the convulsive decade before WW II, from the state's librarian and author of Inventing the Dream (1985, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"The book bears some signs of haste in its composition, but its somber and persuasive message should gain it wide and deserved attention."
A courageous book by one of the most distinguished living Irishmen (now pro-chancellor of the University of Dublin and an editor of both the Observer and the Atlantic Monthly), which slices through the superficial optimism currently prevailing about Northern Ireland. Read full book review >

SHELL GAME by Peter Mantius
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Mantius offers a wealth of circumstantial and documentary evidence of egregious improprieties as well as questionable judgments in high places. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An attention-grabbing rundown on the tangled web woven around a diminutive Sunbelt bank that helped underwrite many of Saddam Hussein's more dubious development programs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 1995

"Provocative and convincing reading that will doubtless earn Gitlin demerits from the PC orthodox. (Author tour)"
A noted cultural historian prophesies the demise of the American Left in the current battles over political correctness. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 1995

"British intelligence'' seem to have been almost an oxymoron. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An account of the life of the man at the center of British intelligence for much of the postwar period; Bower (The Paperclip Conspiracy, 1988, etc.) suggests that the bureau's failures were even more profound than previously suspected. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"This is a rare product from an academic world that privileges content over style: a good, fun read for anyone who cares about literature and gender—most notably for those of the author's professional ilk, who are likely to see this as a friend in book form."
A college English teacher's honest, self-searching, and relatively undoctrinaire collection of essays on the teaching life, the remembering life, and the life of the white woman she is and the woman of color she is responsibly aware of not being. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"An exercise in academic revisionism evidently intended to challenge the conventional wisdom of the political right and (to a lesser extent) left on the lessons of the recent past."
A critical history of the US from the mid-1930s on, in which militarization serves as an organizing principle if not a determinant of geopolitical and socioeconomic events. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"As innovative as jazz, as complex as a fugue, little that Crouch writes can be ignored. (Author tour)"
A remarkable collection of essays from one of our greatest black intellectuals and one of the country's noblest public citizens. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1995

"Compelling reading, but because of all the disaster-site details, not for the squeamish. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
For over 20 years, Hebard has devoted much of her time to saving people's lives as part of a human-canine volunteer rescue team. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"An authoritative call to arms and a considerable contribution to the low-intensity debate now raging on national security and preparedness."
A thoughtful, brutally realistic evaluation of the roles the US military should play in the new world disorder that has superseded the bipolar certainties of the Cold War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Vigorous and often harrowing, this book is an eye-opener. (14 halftones, 1 map, not seen)"
An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"Future presidents will have to do much better, and reading this unhappy book might be a good place to start."
A panoramic view of the ``politics of division'' throughout American history, as exemplified by our presidents. 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 >