Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

Released: Jan. 18, 2003

"A remarkable tale that might have fallen from the inventive lips of Scheherazade. (3 maps, 47 illustrations)"
Popular historian Milton (The Riddle and the Knight, 2001, etc.) returns with another page-turner: a chronicle of the actual events underlying James Clavell's novel Shogun (1975). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Altogether fascinating, and a sound investment for readers seeking high return in the form of useful ideas."
Democracies are habitually broke, and for good reasons revealed in this provocative study by a former investment banker. Read full book review >

WHAT I SAW by Joseph Roth
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Poignant and prescient. (35 b&w photos)"
Evocative pieces about life in interbellum Berlin by a Jewish journalist and fiction writer (The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
I REFUSE TO DIE by Koigi Wa Wamwere
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Nonetheless, a terrifying work of enormous importance that contrasts humanity with bestiality, dignity with depravity."
Human rights activist Wa Wamwere relates in harrowing detail the repeated incarcerations, tortures, and terrors inflicted upon him and his family by Kenya's oppressive regimes. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Memorable and remarkable, as true-edged and dangerous as a brand-new stiletto."
Sprawling, lacerating account of the drug war along the Mexican border, which is nothing but a slow-motion holocaust, according to veteran nonfiction author Bowden (Blues for Cannibals, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

THE LION’S GRAVE by Jon Lee Anderson
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An important and eminently readable account from the heart of chaos."
Intense, immediate reporting from the front lines in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"Still, a first-rate true-crime story that gets inside the shadowy—and astoundingly average—world of spooks, moles, and ops."
A solidly paced, richly detailed account, by intelligence-community insider Wise (Cassidy's Run, 2000, etc.), of the FBI desk jockey who sold secrets to the Soviet and Russian governments for two decades—and came close to getting away with it. Read full book review >
CRAZE by Jessica Warner
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"Social history at its gimlet-eyed best. (Illustrations throughout)"
A tart, acute inquiry into the mania for gin that coursed through London during the early part of the 18th century. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from microscopic infectious agents? Welcome to Mr. Preston's frightening neighborhood."
Preston guides us deftly on another scary excursion (Hot Zone, 1994) into the world of really bad viruses—this time smallpox, with a side helping of anthrax. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Powerful, evenhanded, thoroughly edifying."
An illuminating portrait, by a first-class investigative journalist, of the half-century-long civil war that has divided Cuban against itself. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Clear-eyed reporting and graceful prose in a highly readable—and sobering—work of political geography for policymakers and anyone concerned by the risks of an uncertain future."
Pakistan is a terrorist haven, a nest of corruption, a tinhorn dictatorship—and, writes New Yorker correspondent and long-time Pakistan resident Weaver, a supposed friend whose future is of great strategic importance to the US. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"A book of sorrows—and of surpassing importance."
Avowed integrationist Irons (Political Science/UC San Diego; A People's History of the Supreme Court, not reviewed) powerfully summarizes Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and argues compellingly that subsequent court cases have effected resegregation and the resurrection of Jim Crow. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >