Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 505)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Despite these lapses, a highly accessible survey that should be the standard for years to come."
Hundreds of voices resound in this thoroughgoing analysis of '60s radicalism. ``If people demonstrate in a manner to interfere with others, they should be rounded up and put in a detention camp,'' argues Deputy Attorney General Richard Kleindienst in 1972. Read full book review >
IT IS SO ORDERED by Warren Burger
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A golden opportunity to educate America on its greatest subject—missed."
Former Chief Justice Burger offers a survey course on the level of a high-school history textbook as he sketches 14 controversies that have defined the US Constitution and the role of the Supreme Court. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1995

"An odd mix of true crime and family history, but masterfully blended together. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A wonderfully absorbing look at the lives and careers of two very different cops who happen to be cousins: one a former New York City detective, the other a longtime firearms specialist and chief of a Suffolk County crime-scene outfit. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A must-read for anyone interested in the interplay of technology, nature, and human ambition."
An absorbing and pointed account of the taming of Washington's Columbia River and the consequences—both beneficial and disastrous—on the economy, the inhabitants, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"At its heart, and where it succeeds, the tragic story of a talented, vivacious young girl who desperately wanted to be a normal American teenager. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The human drama overshadows the political intrigue in this uneven account of a Palestinian who murdered his daughter. Read full book review >

IT'S ALL THE RAGE by Wendy Kaminer
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

In examining the current American obsession with crime and punishment, Kaminer (I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional, 1992, etc.) achieves a difficult feat. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1995

"Savvy, often sardonic briefings on the consequential role of subterfuge in an enterprise in which, as the old saw has it, truth is the first casualty. (maps, charts, tables)"
A whole-earth catalogue of martial cunning that suggests Victorian novelist Francis E. Smedley was at least half right when he decreed that ``all's fair in love and war.'' In a breezy survey more notable for breadth than depth, Dunnigan and Nofi (Shooting Blanks, 1991) offer a series of short, self-contained takes that show why guile ranks among the most effective weapons in any arsenal. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"Competent and thorough—so thorough, in fact, that local color overwhelms any inquiry into the broader issues raised by Shelton's case."
A fast-paced reconstruction of the five-year crime spree of Cleveland serial rapist Ronnie Shelton and the case that put him behind bars. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1995

"A remarkable work, at once a rich analysis of Italian culture and politics, a real-life conspiracy-theory thriller, and a psychological portrait of two bona fide heroes."
A deep and devastating account of the assassination of Italy's top two anti-Mafia prosecutors. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1995

"A good idea, executed in a manner that will reinforce the widely held opinion that history is boring."
A historian celebrates America's democratic past with an overview of fundamental changes in American culture. Read full book review >
JEWISH STATE OR ISRAELI NATION? by Boas Evron
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Released: April 1, 1995

"A pseudo-intellectual drive-by with a misfiring Uzi."
A jaded, outdated manifesto of post-Zionism by an Israeli journalist. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1995

"Fairclough has documented an American success story in this valuable contribution to the literature of the civil rights movement."
A richly detailed, scholarly examination of the rise of the civil rights movement in Louisiana. 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 >