Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Wrapped in well-researched history and presented in exemplary prose, this elegy of a lost time recalls the verse of Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke. (2 maps, 8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A small tale extracted from the annals of the "War to End All Wars," by historical biographer Macintyre (The Napoleon of Crime, 1997, etc.), proves powerful and evocative. Read full book review >
THE LONDON MONSTER by Jan Bondeson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"An attentive, subtle rendering of a strange historical episode, alternatively disturbing and absurd."
A well-told narrative of the popular hysteria surrounding a mysterious, misogynist slasher who stalked London a century before the Ripper. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Diligent scholarship and brilliant storytelling: a fascinating study that dispels many popular myths regarding America's colonization."
A spellbinding narrative on the preliminary attempts at colonization of North America by the British. Read full book review >
THE MAKING OF MODERN JAPAN by Marius B. Jansen
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A master work that will prove to be the definitive history of a dynamic society."
A tremendous history of the upheavals that transformed Japan into the world's most successful of non-Western countries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2000

"A life of letters and agitation, masterfully synthesized by Lewis."
Picking up where he left off seven years ago, Lewis (The Race to Fashoda, 1988, etc.) continues his authoritative biography of the African-American intellectual and activist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868-1963). Read full book review >

OFF CAMERA by Ted Koppel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"Koppel calls his diary 'bread crumbs in the woods . . . marking the trail of how we got to wherever it is we are.' To anyone hungry for literate, thoughtful, and thought-provoking commentary on our times, however, it is a whole satisfying loaf, crust and all."
The perceptive, articulate anchor of Nightline records his observations, thoughts, annoyances, and memories in a daily journal of the closing year of the century. Read full book review >
LENIN by Robert Service
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2000

"An important study that goes far in tracing the roots of the dire legacy Communism bequeathed to the third of mankind unfortunate enough to have suffered its rule."
The most authoritative and well-rounded biography of Lenin yet written—and the one that is, in its quiet way, the most horrifying. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A rural canvas of extremes—from hard-bitten bigots to the naïve, the sure of faith, and the latitudinarians—disentangled by the author with deft, probing strokes."
Talk about strangers in a strange land: Bloom's story of the heartland Lubavitcher meatpackers and the waves they caused to ripple across the rural Iowan landscape is an immediate, elegantly personal piece of reportage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A must-read for armchair historians and budding scholars; for experts, an excursion on well-trodden ground."
A vivid political history of the earliest and most unstable years of the American republic. Read full book review >
HO CHI MINH by William J. Duiker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2000

"Required reading for students of the 20th century—and for all who want to understand how a man can come to epitomize a cause and sire a nation. (32 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A masterful, balanced biography of the charismatic Communist leader. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 26, 2000

"An invaluable contemporary account of how millions of Europeans have taken divergent paths—of compromise or conflict—in reaction to a decade of unanticipated change."
Ash (The File: A Personal History, not reviewed) acts as informed, impassioned eyewitness to post-communist Europe in this collection of dazzling essays, most of which were originally published in the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A sobering exposé; required reading for anyone concerned with the state of our medical preparedness."
Worries over domestic terrorism rarely extend to biological weapons; if the authors are correct, that may be a fatal mistake. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >