Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 8)

FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff
Released: Jan. 5, 2018

"The White House has naturally denied and decried Wolff's account, but even if it's only halfway accurate, it presents an appalling view of a frighteningly unqualified and unprepared gang that can't think straight."
Headline-grabbing fly-on-the-wall view of the dysfunctional playroom that is the Trump White House. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An evenhanded book about a controversy that will not die."
A comprehensive history of one of America's most hotly debated political issues. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A series of scattered 'dispatches' that fail to cohere."
Helton (The Jugheads, 2014, etc.) wanders through a series of reminiscences of drugged states, dead-end jobs, and "writing feverishly," trying to make it as an author. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Something to leave under the tree for that relative who can't get enough of Ayn Rand, insistent that there are values to cherish other than selfishness."
"Overeducated cartoonist" Gonick, the pen behind numerous cartoon guides to scientific and historical subjects (The Cartoon History of the Universe, etc.), returns with this look at the reigning economic system of the day. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Students of geopolitics will appreciate Snyder's thoughtful analysis of a troubled region."
Nearing its 65th birthday, how does the southern half of the Korean peninsula fare? The prognosis is mixed. Read full book review >

THE LONG HANGOVER by Shaun  Walker
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Essential reading for Russia watchers."
A British journalist offers a searching account of contemporary Russia, a nation bent on recapturing a more glorious past. Read full book review >
IN AMERICA by Caitríona Perry
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A cleareyed portrait of Americans' bitterness, hope, and fear."
A fresh perspective on the supporters of Donald Trump. Read full book review >
A RIVER IN DARKNESS by Masaji Ishikawa
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"Told in simple prose, this is a shocking and devastating tale of a country's utter contempt for its citizens."
A terrifying true story of life in North Korea. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers."
An examination of the pros and cons and the unknowns of the shale revolution, bringing much-needed light to the hot topic of fracking. Read full book review >
THE POLARIZERS by Sam  Rosenfeld
Released: Dec. 22, 2017

"A delight for policy wonks and politicos, Rosenfeld's insightful study of the development of political parties since World War II is highly instructive for our current moment."
An analysis of mid-20th-century American political movements and the rise of an ideology-based party system that paved the way for the current state of partisan dysfunction. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 15, 2017

"A solid work of labor history that offers valuable lessons for other activists and organizers."
A scholarly study of an effort by Florida farmworkers to improve working conditions by building partnerships along the supply chain. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"In making a solid case for our country's overinvestment in personal and national security, May asks a germane question: are we focusing on the right threats?"
If violent crime statistics indicate a downward trend, why are Americans so afraid? 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 >