Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

AS SEEN ON TV by Lucy Grealy
Released: Aug. 14, 2000

"Relaxed, honest, and illuminating, Grealy achieves her goal: if life is the answer, 'start finding the questions worthy of it.'"
A funny, imaginative, and intelligent collection of essays that incorporate memoir, cultural observation, philosophy, sex, death, disease, and drag queen fashion. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH by Jeremy Paxman
Released: July 31, 2000

"Immensely popular in Britain—and England, too!—Paxman's informative, fact-studded book will enlighten and entertain everyone who seeks to learn of yesterday's England and today's 'Cool Britannia.'"
A deeply serious yet wonderfully lively, witty, and heartfelt study of the Mother Country. Read full book review >

Released: July 18, 2000

"A model book of practical political science, the best guide imaginable to our political situation in the months before the 2000 elections."
Two experienced analysts blend history, political science, and up-to-date information to bring readers current with American politics in the age of the Internet. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2000

"A fresh and illuminating study. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A dynamic portrait of a flawed, masochistic woman (in the thrall of "literary-erotic curiosity") who embodied the contradictions and seductions of modern literary history. Read full book review >
KARL MARX by Francis Wheen
Released: May 1, 2000

"Respectful yet non-hagiographic, Wheen's life of Marx deserves a wide readership."
Superb life of the thinker who, for better or worse, molded the 20th century. Read full book review >

THE CHILDREN by David Halberstam
Released: Feb. 18, 1998

"A powerful account of a critical time in American history, related in both close-up and wide view."
Another sprawling book from a master journalist and historian (The Fifties, 1993, etc.), this one focusing on the early years of the civil-rights movement and some of its unlikely heroes. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"With a third volume to come, this history is taking pride of place among the dozens of fine chronicles of this time of tumult and moral witness in American history."
In this stirring follow-up to his Pulitzer Prizewinning Parting the Waters (1988), Branch recalls the terror, dissension, and courage of the civil-rights movement at its zenith: the mid- 1960s agitation leading to landmark integration and voting-rights legislation. Read full book review >
NEWS OF A KIDNAPPING by Gabriel García Márquez
Released: June 4, 1997

"Garcia Marquez's consummate rendering of this hostage-taking looms as the symbol of an entire country held hostage to invisible yet violently ever-present drug lords."
In the same straightforward tone with which he relates the fabulous events of his fiction, Colombia's premier novelist presents the chillingly extraordinary events surrounding the 1992 abduction of ten prominent people by the Medellin drug cartel. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A brilliantly constructed attack on corporate legal defenders that ends with a rousing call to lawyers to remember ethics and idealism, but likely to enrage more lawyers than it inspires."
A blistering attack on the tactics used by powerful lawyers to defend major corporations. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 1996

"Fans of Keegan, aficionados of American military history, and Americanophiles of all kinds will delight in this learned, affectionate, and highly personal look at our peace-loving nation and its warlike history."
Distinguished British military historian Keegan (A History of Warfare, 1993, etc.) poignantly weaves personal reflections and historical analysis together in an insightful, oddly charming account of the relationship between America's landscapes and the wars that have taken place on our continent. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

Into the wild blue yonder with Clancy as a knowledgeable, even solicitous, escort. Read full book review >
A FISH IN THE WATER by Mario Vargas Llosa
Released: May 1, 1994

"Essential political as well as literary reading."
In this artful political and literary memoir, the 57-year-old Peruvian author (In Praise of the Stepmother, 1990, etc.) and presidential candidate demonstrates the conflict between ideals and politics, art and power. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >