Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 2001

"Russia's tailspin is by now a tale with some moss on it, but Brzezinski tells it with appealing dash and indispensable black humor."
A cool stroll down the mean streets of Novy Russky's financial madness, under a rain of cynicism from former journalist Brzezinski. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 14, 2001

"Decked out like a history, with index and bibliography: a striking, romantic, personal narrative."
An extravagant tale of war and romance, with a decided emphasis on the latter. Read full book review >

ALFRED E. SMITH by Christopher M. Finan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"Well written, thoroughly researched: likely to stand as the definitive portrait of Smith for years to come."
A rock-solid biography of the muckraking New York politician. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2001

"Wholly absorbing, intensely illuminating."
A dazzling collection of some of the most significant examples of US investigative journalism of the past 250 years. Read full book review >
STAYING TUNED by Daniel Schorr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2001

"A marvelous memoir of an enviable life, written with style and real wit."
Compulsively readable memoir by that rarest of birds: a reporter whose name sparks the word "integrity." Read full book review >

AMERICAN CHICA by Marie Arana
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 8, 2001

"A rich and compelling personal narrative."
Expressive memoirs of a Peruvian-American girlhood, by the editor of the Washington Post Book World. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2001

"Essential reading for any aficionado of espionage scandals and Mafioso folklore."
In this riveting work of reportage, award-winning journalist Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999) details American involvement in the assassination of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian billionaire godfather of international cocaine trafficking. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2001

"An ace of a wartime narrative: rawboned, terrible, and possessing its own strange kind of humor."
The last days of WWII in Europe as seen—deftly, and not without its measure of absurdity—from inside a Sherman tank, by its gunner. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"A riveting account of a gentle man overwhelmed by one of the waves of American hysteria that occasionally obliterate our national common sense."
A poignant, distressing portrait of Arvin (1900-63), one of our premier literary critics, whose distinguished career as a professor and writer was destroyed by the revelation of his homosexuality. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW OF THE SUN by Ryszard Kapuscinski
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 24, 2001

"A book of many wonders, of unfathomable sadness, of intense quiet and quick violence, of greed and grandeur, of illuminations blindingly bright."
A wrenching, poignant portrait of Africa and Africans by a Polish journalist who first visited the continent in 1957. Read full book review >
DOUBLE FOLD by Nicholson Baker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 13, 2001

"If even half of what Baker alleges is true, some of America's most honored librarians have a lot of explaining to do."
In a passionate cri de coeur sure to raise controversy and alarm, novelist Baker (The Everlasting Story of Nory, 1998, etc.) accuses America's librarians of betraying the public trust as they rush to microfilm and digitize. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2001

"A lucid antidote to the sensationalist histories currently in vogue."
Short essays by noted scholar Foner (The Story of American Freedom, 1998, etc.) on the role history has played in recent times, including his own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >