Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A crisp analysis of the limits of our civil rights laws and a prescription for how to move beyond them."
A law professor argues against the harmful misuse of our civil-rights laws. Read full book review >
ASSASSINS OF THE TURQUOISE PALACE by Roya Hakakian
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A nonfiction political thriller of a very high order."
Riveting account of a multiple murder and trial that led to a paradigm shift in Europe's relations with post-revolutionary Iran. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Classic Pinker, jammed with facts, figures, and points of speculative departure; a big, complex book, well worth the effort for the good news that it delivers."
Frightened of your own shadow? Worried about lone gunmen and psycho killers? Pinker (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature, 2007, etc.) encourages readers not to fret so much. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Ballen admits that they cannot reveal the motivation of all Islamic radicals, but few readers will deny that they illuminate the frustrations of young Islamic men living in repressive societies, alternatively fascinated and horrified by America."
Those who still believe terrorists are mindless fanatics will find little evidence in these revealing, often touching interviews with six young Islamic men. Read full book review >
MILE MARKER ZERO by William McKeen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An engrossing tell-all in which Key West's most notable residents struggle to find sanity, sobriety and a place to call home."
A cultural history of Key West as experienced by some of its most famous residents. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An important assessment of what ails America, and a must-read for policymakers."
A noted economist argues that deep reforms are needed to bring renewed prosperity to the United States—a nation "dangerously out of balance," where a tiny elite holds wealth and power without regard for their fellow citizens. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"A work of intricate research free of hype, offering serious pros and cons with a sometimes whimsical flourish."
Nobel Prize winner Laughlin (Physics/Stanford Univ.; The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind, 2008, etc.) invites readers on an "armchair journey" to a future devoid of petroleum, coal and natural gas, proposing alternative resources. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"Woodard offers a fascinating way to parse American (writ large) politics and history in this excellent book."
Forget about the United States and Canada. The true nations of North America, writes historian and Christian Science Monitor foreign correspondent Woodard (The Republic of Pirates, 2007, etc.), have little to do with those artificialities. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"An enlightening, scary journey."
A world tour of nations that have collapsed financially or that played a role in the collapse of others. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2011

"A valuable contribution to the growing body of literature regarding the War on Terror's impact on our constitutional rights."
A focused, thorough account of the federal government's panicked response to 9/11 and the consequent rollback of our civil liberties. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A valuable text—not just for the solution, but also for the refreshing philosophy behind it."
An unlikely criminal-justice pioneer revisits his innovative, immensely successful crusade against youth homicide in America's worst neighborhoods. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Eloquent and full of passion."
From a distinguished journalist and award-winning novelist, an extended essay with an urgent warning: The world is on the brink of disaster, and humanity must act now to avert it. 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 >