Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 21, 1994

"Deserves a wide readership. (First printing of 25,000)"
A powerful, moving account of a fledgling lawyer's struggle to stay the execution of serial killer Ted Bundy. Read full book review >
THE FIRECRACKER BOYS by Daniel T. O'Neill
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 20, 1994

"Eyebrow- and consciousness-raising at its ecological best."
The story of how we nearly Chernobylized our northwest Alaskan wilderness. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 15, 1994

We'd like to believe that our highest court is an ivory tower, its members dispensing justice outside the realm of politics and power. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 13, 1994

"Suspenseful and awful in its grisly details, but done with good taste and compassion."
Sanders (Fort Worth, 1984, etc.) puts the novelist's eye for detail and a sharp sense of pace to good use in this outstanding true-crime narrative about the rape and murder of a retired Oklahoma schoolteacher. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 11, 1994

"The reader is left knowing immeasurably more about Moe Berg, and caring immeasurably less. (16 pages b&w photos)"
Magazine writer Dawidoff (Sports Illustrated, New Yorker, New Republic) reduces one of baseball's most colorful characters mostly to monochrome. Read full book review >

ALL OF ONE PEACE by Colman McCarthy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 11, 1994

"The brevity of the columns leaves some issues undeveloped, and McCarthy avoids some hard questions—no discussion of the Holocaust here—but he's still an admirable and unusual voice in American journalism."
A collection of essays by a syndicated Washington Post columnist whose radically nonviolent ethos regularly breaks ranks with the establishment liberal crowd. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 1994

"Well-written and engaging, the book will appeal to those interested in politics and military history."
A compelling and well-argued study of presidential leadership in time of war. Read full book review >
NEWS AND THE CULTURE OF LYING by Paul H. Weaver
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1994

"This book should trouble the soul of any self-reflective journalist and help reframe the business of press criticism."
A provocative mix of history, anecdote, and argument from a journalist and scholar who sees the conventions of the news business as leading to exercises of ``deceit, manipulation and exploitation.'' A former Fortune editor and corporate flack, Weaver (The Suicidal Corporation, 1987) is currently affiliated with the conservative Hoover Institution. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1994

What better event than a newspaper strike to show the gulf between the assumptions of the American labor movement and the realities of the information economy? Read full book review >
ART, THE ARTS, AND THE GREAT IDEAS by Mortimer J. Adler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1994

"The plodding, sometimes pedantic style and extensive excerpts from previously published works make this long on definitions and reiterations, short on burning issues."
The philosopher for Everyman turns his attention to the place of painting and music in education in this small volume that is characteristically straightforward, but not too gripping. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S PEARL by Sirin Phathanothai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1994

"Less excusable is her sketchy description of her reconciliation with her father and brother, who both apparently bore her little ill will. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unusual and often absorbing memoir of China and its leaders by a woman who, in 1956 when she was eight, was sent there with her older brother to serve as a ``bridge'' between two ostensibly hostile nations—her adopted country and her native Thailand. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1994

"Best for addicts of the genre."
The rise and fall of a top Chicago mobster, by ex-FBI agent Roemer (War of the Godfathers, 1990). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >