Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2011

"A great choice for ladies climbing the corporate ladder from the bottom up."
A humorous guide to exploring the changing definition of a woman's role in the workplace. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 19, 2011

"Endlessly interesting—reminiscent at turns of Oswald Spengler, Stanislaw Andreski and Samuel Huntington, though less pessimistic and much better written."
Sweeping, provocative big-picture study of humankind's political impulses. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2011

"An intimate, welcome first-person account of a portion of South African history that remains foggy to many American readers."
Anti-apartheid political prisoner Kathrada examines his actions and the aftermath that resulted in 30 years of imprisonment. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2011

"A shocking exposé of judicial overreach."
In this hard-hitting debut, journalist Potter likens the Justice Department targeting of environmentalists today to McCarthyism in the 1950s. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 2011

"A clear and informative view of the changing classical virtues."
Guggenheim Fellow Gardner (Psychology/Harvard Univ.; Five Minds for the Future, 2007, etc.) delivers a treatise on how best to define and develop the concepts of truth, beauty and goodness in a digital world. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2011

"A vital wake-up call to educators."
A philosophical, well-structured argument for viable progressive education from one of the movement's most prolific and well-regarded authors. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"Graceful, dramatic writing makes this well-worn story new again."
A balanced, engrossing account of the U.S.-backed invasion of Fidel Castro's Cuba. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"Thoroughly researched, fluid and compelling."
The author of three previous accounts of World War II espionage (The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington, 2008, etc.) returns with the story of the Childs and their associates during their turbulent, eventful years with the Office of Strategic Services. Read full book review >
IS JOURNALISM WORTH DYING FOR? by Anna Politkovskaya
NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2011

"An essential book for budding Russia hands, followers of world events and fans of good journalism."
"It is generally accepted that we Russians do not like ourselves much." So wrote the late Politkovskaya (1958-2006) (Putin's Russia, 2006, etc.), who paid with her life for her daring critiques of post-Soviet society. Read full book review >
MALCOLM X by Manning Marable
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2011

"A bold, sure-footed, significant biography of enormous depth and feeling."
A candid, corrective look at the Nation of Islam leader and renegade—and a deeply informed investigation of the evolution of his thinking on race and revolution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2011

"A remarkably gripping popular history."
A British historian's page-turning record of the madness seizing the Caribbean at the Cold War's zenith. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2011

"A fresh look at the Founders that charms even as it irresistibly convinces."
Design historian Wulf (The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession, 2009, etc.) explains how the Founders brought a new nation and their own gardens simultaneously to fruition. 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 >