Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

THEM by Jon Ronson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Ronson's eye for the telling detail and his gift for capturing hilarious dialogue make this an entertaining read, but laughs aside, this is serious and thought-provoking stuff, and likely to nettle left, right, and some in the middle too."
A picaresque journey into the wonderland of delusional fanatics, often scary, yet wildly funny. Read full book review >
ANTHONY BLUNT by Miranda Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Many books recount Blunt's espionage; this one is a complete biography that does him justice. (16 illustrations)"
British journalist Carter limns the complex life and fascinating times of the eminent art historian best known for being exposed in 1979 as a former Soviet spy. Read full book review >

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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A valuable and clearheaded primer."
The literal, political, and moral abomination of nuclear weapons are made abundantly clear by a former UN weapons inspector in Iraq—and a longtime fixture on the nuclear-disarmament scene, who suggests actions that would move us toward their eradication. 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 >

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: 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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >