Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

Released: June 2, 2003

"A welcome contribution, full of untold stories, to the literature of WWII."
A fine tale of great and not-so-great escapes, along with the ordinary business of surviving confinement in Hitler's stalags in the final months of WWII. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2003

"Criticism is not indispensable to art,' James writes. 'It is indispensable to civilization—a more inclusive thing.' His stimulating and thrilling work forcefully makes a case for that bold declaration."
Superb collection of criticism at once deeply serious and deliberately accessible, more than justifying its author's claim that "readability is intelligence." Read full book review >

THE GENERAL by Paul Williams
Released: May 28, 2003

"Fascinating and colorful."
Veteran Irish crime journalist Williams exhaustively documents the amazing 20-year career of arch-burglar Martin Cahill. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2003

"As indeed, anyone reading Hutton's useful, sobering study is likely to conclude: we do."
Who's more dangerous to world peace: Saddam or a golf-playing, pension fund-robbing, churchgoing Republican? Read full book review >
DEATH AS A WAY OF LIFE by David Grossman
Released: May 1, 2003

"Chillingly, sometimes agonizingly, eloquent on hope's fading light."
Can Israel and Palestine ever make peace? Israeli novelist Grossman (Be My Knife, 2002, etc.) addresses this question from the perspective of a Jerusalem journalist who is also a husband, father, and peace activist bitterly frustrated by the leaders of both sides. Read full book review >

Released: April 16, 2003

"Deeply satisfying account of a rotten crime solved by chemical sleuthing."
The expertly told story of a murder and a molecule. Read full book review >
GULAG by Anne Applebaum
Released: April 15, 2003

"Extraordinary in its range and lucidity: a most welcome companion to Bernard-Henri Levi's Barbarism With a Human Face, Robert Conquest's The Great Terror, and, of course, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago."
A searing, engrossing history of the most extensive, longest-lived experiment in "rationalized evil" the world has ever known. Read full book review >
Released: April 15, 2003

"Indispensable for understanding the role of secret intelligence in foreign policy and national defense."
Of spooks, spies, double agents, and Ivy League gentlemen who certainly did read each other's mail: former CIA director Helms revisits a long career doing Uncle Sam's shadow work. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2003

"Fine seafaring adventure, expertly narrated: for maritime historians and fans of Hornblower and Aubrey alike."
A superb recounting of a strange affair indeed: an incident of mutiny on the high seas that American naval history has long forgotten. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 2003

"A spirited tribute both to the classics of world literature and to resistance against oppression."
So you want a revolution? If your foe is an ayatollah, try reading Jane Austen. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2003

"A can't-put-it-down narrative: frightening, informative, and, with bioterrorism in the forefront of the news, timely."
From the head of the Washington Post's investigative team, a vivid account of the anthrax scare of 2001 and the government's bumbling response to this still unsolved crime. Read full book review >
THE GATE by François Bizot
Released: March 11, 2003

"Heartbreaking and terrifying: a superb account of the madness of war, and of a people's wholesale self-destruction."
Breathtaking memoir by a young French scholar who twice managed to escape from the clutches of the Khmer Rouge as the Cambodian genocide was unfolding. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >