Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 1994

A ho-hum digest of 100 Bill of Rights cases decided by justices Brennan and Rehnquist along predictable ideological lines. ``This is not an insider's account,'' warns Irons (Political Science/Univ. of California, San Diego; The Courage of Their Convictions, 1988, etc.) in his preface. ``I did not interview either justice for this book. Read full book review >
BLACKS AND JEWS by Paul Berman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A worthwhile addition to the reference shelf of volumes that debate contentious ethnic issues but proffer no solutions."
This angst-ridden compilation of essays reviews the last 30 years of intellectual cogitation about relations between blacks and Jews. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Judicious and well researched, the volume presents a good opening in the reappraisal of Johnson and his administration."
A convincing reassessment of Lyndon Johnson's foreign policy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Bell's clearly written jeremiad, with its moving portrait of the author as exemplary protester, will inspire new examinations of struggles in our citadels of power—perhaps even new protests there. (Author tour)"
A leading African-American scholar of the law, known for decrying the underrepresentation of minorities in the academy, reflects on protest and race in America. Read full book review >

SERVING IN SILENCE by Margarethe Cammermeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite coauthor Fisher's somewhat repetitive style, the book has a power that brings readers along on this courageous soldier's journey. (16 pages of b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Jacob Marley's injunction that we all bear the chains we forge in life could be the lesson of Cammermeyer's life story. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A wise and animated account of raising children well in spite of a particularly large generation gap. (Author tour)"
An inspiring, humorous, and thoughtful account of unexpected single motherhood by former LBJ White House press secretary Carpenter (Ruffles and Flourishes, 1970). Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Helpful tabular material and graphs throughout."
An accessible audit of Russia's efforts to gain a place at global capitalism's table after more than seven decades of Communist misrule and mismanagement. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Although much of the ground covered is well trod, this is an admirably complete introduction to the history of the Cold War."
A brief but thoughtful essay outlining the terrible misapprehensions that led to escalating tensions between the US and the Soviet Union from the close of WW I to the end of the Korean conflict. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For students, scholars, and policy types."
A solid but dry academic analysis of how and why the US wrongheadedly tilted toward Iraq and leader Saddam Hussein until the Gulf War. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"This scrappy tale is a testament to what a powerful will can- -and can't—do in the face of severe MS."
This gritty story of a woman's desperate struggle to overcome severe chronic progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) is a sometimes grating reminder that the disabled are no better than the rest of us. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But will the public, outside the media world, be interested in this mediocre effort? (16 pages of photos, not seen) (First printing of 60,000)"
Partly a biography of ``the most influential media baron of our time,'' more a critique of that baron's stewardship of the public interest, an ambitious assemblage that falls short of a strong narrative or full indictment. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >