Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"Still, an ironic, well-written post-mortem of a political system of staggering inefficiency, brutality, and self-delusion."
Murphy (AndrÇ Malraux, 1991) delivers a stimulating study of the rise and fall of the Communist dream, as seen through 11 representative European figures. Read full book review >
WHAT IT TAKES by Richard Ben Cramer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 4, 1992

"Exhaustively researched and written in a hot, jarring, unsentimental prose: the perfect antidote to election-year mythologizing."
Irreverent, highly knowledgeable look at the 1988 presidential primaries by Pulitzer-winning journalist Cramer. Read full book review >

A YEAR IN SAIGON by Katie Kelly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1992

"Often giddy, but beneath the gloss there's an excellent reporter who offers an unassuming, detailed look at today's Vietnam, and at the persecution by neglect of the children we left behind. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An affecting account of a year working with Amerasian children in Saigon, by the former WNBC (New York) critic and Today Show regular. Read full book review >
OUR EUROPE by Jacques Delors
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1992

"It's not surprising, then, that Delors deals with the problem by saying almost nothing."
An object lesson by European Commission President Delors, a longtime socialist, that ambitious European politicians are no more likely to say anything that means anything than are American ones. Read full book review >
EVIL MONEY by Rachel Ehrenfeld
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1992

Ehrenfeld, a research scholar at NYU Law School and author of Narcoterrorism (1990), ineffectively details several major cases involving money laundering and governmental corruption. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1992

"A thoughtful and often excellent analysis, calling for tough decisions but failing to come up with tough prescriptions."
An attempt to probe future relations between the US, Japan, and Germany. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1992

"American justice. (Photos—not seen.)"
Strong and disturbing investigative reporting, with a cruel twist: Rideau and Wikberg are both serving life sentences for murder, and do their reporting in The Angolite, the newspaper published by inmates at Louisiana's state prison at Angola. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1992

"A witty and erudite read, only slightly marred by repetition, that measures sacrosanct academia against the decade's new high standards of quality and productivity."
Parents of college students are already in financial pain from the spiraling costs of tuition. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 30, 1992

"Well done, and of historical interest because the trial prompted Daniel Ellsberg's leak of The Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, heralding both the end of the war and of the Nixon Administration. (Twenty-four pages of photographs and maps—not seen.)"
A tale of intrigue between the CIA and the Green Berets during the Vietnam War, by the author of The Vietnam Fact Book (1987 paperback). Read full book review >
THE LAST NEW WORLD by Mac Margolis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 29, 1992

"A compelling account of the relentless incursion into one of the earth's last frontiers, and a determined call for calm and reason amidst the clamor of increasingly belligerent antagonists. (Photographs and maps—not seen.)"
A well-organized, carefully researched, and fascinating study of the devastation of the Amazon rain forest; by Margolis, a Newsweek correspondent for eight years in Brazil. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 18, 1992

At the heart of this megabook from South-African-born Mostert (Supership, 1974) is the moving story of the tragic clash between races—black and white—and cultures—British, Boer, and African— in a place that for a brief, transcendent moment was a model to the world of racial tolerance and democracy. Read full book review >
SUMMER MEDITATIONS by Vaclav Havel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 15, 1992

"Worldly-wise pensÇes from an intellectual who's as comfortable and effective on the hustings as in an ivory tower."
More pieces of Havel's lively, subtle mind. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >