Lupo (Point Loma Nazarene Univ.) examines five riot commissions in the US over the past 100 years. The author relies on an extensive assortment of primary sources, including many interviews with persons involved with the commission studying the 1992 Los Angeles riot. Lupo states her main finding and argument concisely in the conclusion: "Riot commissions are a rough measure of how we look at race—they are an official cataloguing and one lens through which to view race." As such, it would seem to make more sense to discuss how the politics of riot commissions are a reflection of US politics. Lupo does mention this dynamic at times. For example, she connects riot commissions and presidential politics; but her account focuses heavily on the commissions themselves, and she therefore gives less attention to how riot commission politics simply reflects the politics of race in the US. Nonetheless, Flak-Catchers is a valuable contribution to the broader literature on race and politics, and addresses a very important, yet understudied, subject. Summing Up: Recommended. All undergraduate, graduate, and research collections.