Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A work of smoldering focus and marshaled evidence that just might have found its publishing moment."
The perils of an expanding American hegemony by military means rather than diplomacy, as skillfully tracked by an American journalist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Burleigh's propulsive narrative and the many unsettling aspects of the case make this a standout among recent true-crime titles."
Powerful assessment of a tragic crime and its disastrous aftermath. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A slice of American crime history both instructive and tragically entertaining."
The story of an 1874 kidnapping in Philadelphia that received sustained national attention. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"This is not an indictment of teachers, but rather an eye-opening tool for parental involvement."
Award-winning journalist Tyre (Journalism/Columbia Univ.; The Trouble With Boys, 2009, etc.) adds new perspective to the depressing state of American education with real-world lessons for parents. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Painstakingly researched and detailed blueprint for building a better school lunchroom today."
Two Angry Moms filmmaker Kalafa arms health-conscious parents with the know-how to take back their school cafeterias. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2011

"Certain to provoke strong reactions from supporters and detractors, this is a must-read for anyone with a stake—or even an interest—in this difficult issue."
A powerful argument for the importance of a new approach to solving the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2011

"Comprehensive, educative and entertaining for eye, mind, imagination and libido."
A freelance art critic and biographer (Full Bloom: The Art and Life of Georgia O'Keeffe, 2004) surveys 1960s Los Angeles—its artists, art, museums, collectors, social movements, sexual mores, gender politics, drugs and dissipation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 19, 2011

"An alarming narrative, especially so because of its understated, never-shrill tone."
The story of how the Central Intelligence Agency continued its record of failure in the so-called war on terrorism, with fatal consequences. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 2011

"A full-color view of the spectrum of Islam, a religion too often regarded in black-and-white terms."
A Turkish journalist recounts the history and fluctuations of Islam with grace and style. Read full book review >
JUSTICE IN AMERICA by Russell F. Moran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 16, 2011

"A lively, brash, illuminating insider's look at the law, by a compelling expert witness.
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The goddess of justice is blind—and deaf and very often dumb—according to this savvy critique of the American legal system. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2011

"A well-told true-crime story with vast ramifications."
An investigative journalist provides an in-depth exploration of the post-9/11 anthrax attacks, finding that quite a few people did not acquit themselves well. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2011

"Wise words from trial-and-error experience in the trenches."
Former special presidential envoy to Afghanistan takes the long view of the political failures in that country and suggests a more hands-off U.S. approach, especially in checking neighboring bully, Pakistan. 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 >