"It's a talk show jungle out there," journalist Kurtz writes, "...the airways are crackling with insults, arguments, spin, and speculation." He covers in fascinating detail the cultural shift inherent in the proliferation of talk shows on both radio and television, where hosts are acting as political kingmakers and where the mores of society are being challenged by crudeness, rumor-mongering, bigotry of all stripes, sexual exhibitionism, and worse. Kurtz decries the loss of integrity in broadcast news, contending that such coverage has been compromised by the rush for bigger ratings by millionaire "performers" who have lost touch with reality. This is an important book, deserving library shelf space, with Kurtz's earlier study of newspapers, Media Circus (LJ 4/1/93).-Chet Hagan, Berks Cty. P.L. System, Pa.