Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

THE IMMOBILE EMPIRE by Alain Peyrefitte
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Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"But while Peyrefitte's nearly day-by-day account will fascinate Sinologists and students of East-West affairs, it may prove too detailed for the average reader. (Sixteen pages of full-color illustrations and six maps—not seen.)"
A painstakingly researched, gracefully written, but far too leisurely account of the misadventures of an 18th-century British royal delegation to the Celestial Court of the Chinese Emperor Qianlong. Read full book review >
IN MY PLACE by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)"
From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Lack of historical perspective and of a serious overarching view of the international intelligence community doom this cheery bureaucratic tale to mediocrity. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Authorized history of the CIA, by Kessler (Escape from the CIA, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 1, 1992

A persuasive argument that the ``Revolution of 1989'' that brought freedom to Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union was, at bottom, a ``revolution of the spirit.'' According to Weigel (president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.), customary explanations for the collapse of the Iron Curtain fall short. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"And evenhanded, well-written, and hard-hitting study that should be required reading for those on both sides of the death penalty debate. (Nineteen b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A fascinating, nonpartisan view into the world of executioners, their methods, and the thoughts of their victims. Read full book review >

BAT BOMB by Jack Couffer
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Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"A well-told, stranger-than-fiction tale that could make a terrific movie. (Thirty-three b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another batman has returned—this one with inside information on a wondrously droll, highly classified yarn from WW II. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Nonetheless, those seeking a clear and consistent analysis of the meaning of free speech will be disappointed."
In a sometimes confused, sometimes admirable polemic, Hentoff (John Cardinal O'Connor, 1988, etc.) argues against restraints on free expression in a wide variety of contemporary contexts. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Fascinating for its documentation of tribal cultures; admirable for its ability to keep the humanitarian aims of anthropological study always within reach."
An unsentimental look at the ways in which ``primitive'' or ``folk'' societies, independent of colonial influence, engender in their inhabitants the anxiety, alienation, and suffering we have historically attributed to urban civilization. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"An amiable handbook to the great debate: intelligent, personable, and informed, if not managing to become unusually cutting or deep."
From Atlas (Delmore Schwartz, 1977; The Great Pretender, 1986)—a slim, plain, and mainly sensible little guide to the crisis in the university. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Educators themselves, however, had better have their blood pressure tested before they sit down with this book."
Education's in, school's out in this no-holds-barred, computer- instruction-driven harangue against American public education. Read full book review >
ECLIPSE by Mark Perry
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Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"A first-rate briefing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An evenhanded audit of the CIA's recent history concluding that, in the years since William Casey's death, the agency has become a "quintessential government bureaucracy." Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 14, 1992

"More impressive, then, for its range than its achievement; like Irving Howe, Bromwich seems more successful in breathtaking individual polemics than in sustained argument."
War, wrote Clausewitz, is the continuation of politics by other means; so, to its cost, is higher education, argues Bromwich (English/ Yale) in this indictment—by turns lively and learned—of the herd mentality of contemporary American culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >