Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Howard says is needed to reform our regulatory system."
Attorney Howard makes an obvious but important point by decrying a system of governmental regulations whose complexity and detail often cause more harm than good; but his solutions are vague and quixotic. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

The American ``occupation'' of Britain during WW II—the phrase is George Orwell's—could have been a disaster but, in the event, was almost a triumph. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A good read, if a bit facile. (First serial to Wired; $35,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A fast-paced tale of teenage hackers and their potentially dangerous mischief in cyberspace. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Minor problems, and a thick theoretical vocabulary aside, Chen's thesis is fundamentally sound, supportable, and intellectually challenging."
An ambitious revisionist challenge to Edward Said's concept of Orientalism. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 28, 1994

"In the absence of a broader context, this look at the lifestyles of the well-educated and anonymous raises more questions than it answers."
Pedestrian profiles dominate this sociological study of a cohort of Stanford graduates' first ten years in the real world. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 15, 1994

"Although this is an authoritative scholarly work, it suffers from an excess of sophistication and circumspection, so that the questions readers most want answered are not addressed squarely enough."
This account of how US authorities studied the surviving victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ought to be of wide interest, but Lindee's version of the story will not attract a general readership outside academic circles. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 7, 1994

"The volume leaves the young minster on the eve of a watershed in his own life, in the life of his people, and in the life of America as a whole: the Montgomery bus boycott."
This second of a projected 14 volumes of Martin Luther King's collected works covers the period from his postgraduate education at Boston University's School of Theology through the end of his first year as pastor of Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 7, 1994

"Whatever insights Gellner may have into specific historical circumstances are obscured by sociological jargon and abstraction."
A brutally esoteric philosophical peregrination concerning the prospects for civil society in post-Marxist Eastern and Central Europe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

The tale has been told many times, the theories get ever more intricate, but Canute himself could not still the waves of interest in British spy Kim Philby and what author Brown (Bodyguard of Lies, 1975) calls with some justice ``the spy case of the century.'' This book's new wrinkle is that it's a dual biography of Kim and his father, the formidable H. St. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 1, 1994

A gritty if tasteless and overblown recounting of one honest NYPD detective's investigation of one corrupt NYPD cop. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"But this is a sensible, thoughtful, and—in revealing the foibles of many key actors—an often amusing book. (16 illustrations, not seen)"
A valuable study of how British propaganda helped to bring the US into WW II, which shows too why such a study has been so slow to appear. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Deeply disturbing and utterly convincing."
A shattering real-life Hand That Rocks the Cradle account, by veteran true-crime writer Egginton (Day of Fury, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >