Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 44)

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 >
HO CHI MINH by William J. Duiker
Released: Sept. 27, 2000

"Required reading for students of the 20th century—and for all who want to understand how a man can come to epitomize a cause and sire a nation. (32 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
A masterful, balanced biography of the charismatic Communist leader. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 26, 2000

"An invaluable contemporary account of how millions of Europeans have taken divergent paths—of compromise or conflict—in reaction to a decade of unanticipated change."
Ash (The File: A Personal History, not reviewed) acts as informed, impassioned eyewitness to post-communist Europe in this collection of dazzling essays, most of which were originally published in the New York Review of Books. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A sobering exposé; required reading for anyone concerned with the state of our medical preparedness."
Worries over domestic terrorism rarely extend to biological weapons; if the authors are correct, that may be a fatal mistake. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2000

"Harvey stretches some analogies to the snapping point, but has drawn a lovely map of an exotic world. (18 maps, not seen)"
Magazine journalist Harvey (Outside) charts the case of Gilbert Bland Jr., who in the 1990s stole vast amounts of rare material from some of North America's most prestigious research libraries and thus became "the greatest American map thief in history." Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Entertaining, fair-minded, and important reading for the end of an election year."
Historic insider's insights into presidential qualities. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A quiet treasure."
A vivid and affectionate memoir of the vanishing traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people living on Sapelo Island, off the coast of Georgia. Read full book review >
LEFT BACK by Diane Ravitch
Released: Aug. 29, 2000

"An incisive examination of failed utopian schemes in the classroom."
Former Assistant Secretary of Education Ravitch (The Troubled Crusade, 1983) recounts a dispiriting record of pitched debates and failed reform attempts in the American educational system over the last century. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >