Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

REFLECTIONS ON EXILE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating exploration of post-colonialism as seen through the eyes of its progenitor."
A compilation of 35 years' worth of critical essays from one of the boldest and most articulate cultural theorists alive today. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism, guaranteed to put you off your lunch."
A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease. Read full book review >

MATTERS OF STATE by Philip Hamburger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Marvelous, gentle, uncynical, lyrical—everything that American politics itself is not."
More than 50 years' worth of reminiscences from a longtime political observer. Read full book review >
PINOCHET AND ME by Marc Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A powerful page-turner—its only flaw is its brevity."
A thrilling yet heartrending account of an American journalist's experiences in Chile from the rise of Allende to the trial of Pinochet. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >