Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

GEORGE F. KENNAN by John Lewis Gaddis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"A well-rounded treatment of the life of a man who made significant contributions to his country and the world at large."
The long-awaited authorized biography of George F. Kennan (1904-2005), the creator of America's Cold War containment strategy. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 2011

"The detail is occasionally overwhelming, but Feinstein's book is sound, timely and invaluable. Diligent readers will be rewarded."
A highly pertinent, deeply damning indictment of the flourishing of the world's "second-oldest profession." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"With extensive details and a fond admiration of its people, Keahey effectively articulates why the people of this charming island 'are Sicilians before they are Italians, and why no amount of time under the control of Rome will ever change that.'"
Veteran newspaperman Keahey continues his exploration of Italian civilization with an appreciation of the rich, vibrant surroundings of Italy's largest autonomous island. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"Richly told in broad, cinematic strokes, this is catnip for readers who enjoy special-ops tales."
A marvelously engrossing account of the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden, from associate editor of The Counter Terrorist Pfarrer (Warrior Soul, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
ROME by Robert Hughes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2011

"An appealing mixture of erudition about high culture and curmudgeonly complaints about low."
In the spirit of his Barcelona (1992), the art critic and cultural historian zooms through Roman history, from Romulus and Remus to today. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A valuable contribution to the literature of the Drug War."
Accomplished, chilling account of the murderous growth of Mexican drug cartels. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Eloquent and visceral."
The indefatigable expert on the Big Smoke considers the history below London's streets from a historical, mythical and psycho-geographical perspective. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A real find for Beat aficionados, adding verve to a cherished moment in American history and the novel that came to define it."
Free-spirited adventuress? Promiscuous party girl? Proto-feminist? Who was the real Lu Anne Henderson, immortalized as "Marylou" in Jack Kerouac's On the Road? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A welcome contrast to the frequently overheated political dialogue of the moment."
A collection of columns written by Nation publisher and editor vanden Heuvel (Meltdown: How Greed and Corruption Shattered Our Financial System and How We Can Recover, 2009, etc.) covering the run-up to the last presidential election and events since. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A persuasive, engaging examination of the post-political career of a shadowy and much-maligned figure from the era of the Founders."
A fresh, vivid exploration of the exploits and trial of Aaron Burr (1756-1836), the most notorious figure of the early American republic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A useful contribution as the country moves forward with the implementation of health-care reform."
Starr provides a roadmap to the evolution of the health-care debate, a profile of participants and an explanation and interpretation of ideological jargon in a readable way. Read full book review >
WALKING WITH THE COMRADES by Arundhati Roy
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 25, 2011

"A bell-clear exposé of corporate greed and governmental malfeasance that should—if there is any justice in the world—provoke a furious backlash in the name of human dignity."
In a well-documented indictment, investigative journalist Roy (Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy, 2009, etc.) presents the case against the Indian government's murderous policies toward the country's tribal population. 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 >