Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 505)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 26, 1996

"An elder eminence's meagerly substantiated but righteously framed prescriptions for creating collective heavens on earth."
Always more of a critic than a scholar, Galbraith (The Culture of Contentment, 1992, etc.) here offers an exiguous primer on what, in his unabashedly partisan view, would constitute an attainably good society. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 1996

"Kimmage's tale of divided loyalties is a timely reminder of the need to reassess the Cold War's legacy at home as well as abroad. (19 b&w photos, not seen)"
Or, I Was a Teenage Communist. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 23, 1996

"Students of the Information Age will find little new here, but Winograd and Buffa still offer useful points for debate."
When the machines of the information society take over, will the old political machine throw a rod? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1996

"Few people hold that the world's environment is not in trouble, and Athanasiou does not help his cause with this querulous, obvious book."
A shrill indictment of all that is wrong with the current environmental movement. ``Environmentalism,'' political activist Athanasiou writes, ``is only now reaching its political maturity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 22, 1996

"While none of the ideas here are radically new, Williams presents his vision of a police department with enthusiasm and grace, and with the results to back it up."
A surprisingly compassionate, common-sense guide to controlling crime, from the police chief of Los Angeles. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1996

"Perhaps he will try again with Clinton, from a perspective slightly broader than that of last week's news."
The title of this book by columnist Reeves (President Kennedy: Profile in Power, 1993) far exceeds its grasp. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 1996

"A convincing brief for the argument that the extreme right poses a serious, ongoing danger in this country. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Dees, chief trial counsel of the Southern Poverty Law Center, covers much of the same territory as Kenneth Stern (The Force Upon the Plain, 1995) in uncovering the danger of America's extreme right, but he does it with greater passion, considerable narrative drama, and deeply scary inside reports from SPLC moles. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 17, 1996

"Mexico watchers expect hard times to come for that country, and Oppenheimer's excellent book explains just why."
NAFTA, Zapatista guerrillas, and Wall Street form the backdrop for this fine journalistic account of Mexico's current tumult. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"An informative primer with an attitude."
A laissez-faire economist's back-to-basics restatement of the case against Washington's active involvement in commercial affairs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1996

"At a time when the last vestiges of Great Society federalism are under siege in Congress, this well-written study commands particular interest. (Author tour)"
When you next put on a seat belt, visit a national seashore, or switch to NPR, think of the Great Society, says Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Unger (New York Univ.). Read full book review >
THE TEMPLE BOMBING by Melissa Fay Greene
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1996

"Still, a powerful retelling of a crucial tragedy that, in all its elements, resonates all too loudly today; and a tribute to Rothschild—a forgotten, well, hero of the civil rights movement."
An urgent, fiery reconstruction of a tragic moment in the history of Atlanta, a moment when the combustible mix of black oppression, Jewish liberalism, and white anxiety finally blew up in an otherwise peaceful city. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 9, 1996

"A unique contribution to the historical and legal debate surrounding the Constitution."
Rakove (History/Stanford Univ.; The Beginnings of National Politics, 1979, etc.) demonstrates the historical and theoretical complexity of the seemingly simple notion of a ``jurisprudence of original intention''—the theory that judges can interpret the Constitution solely by reference to the opinions of its framers. 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 >