Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

SHIELD THE SOURCE by Brian J. Karem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"Interesting, but suffering from tunnel vision and an odd lack of drama."
A slow-paced account of how San Antonio TV-reporter Karem was jailed for refusing to surrender his notes on the slaying of a local cop. Read full book review >
OUR RIGHT TO DRUGS by Thomas Szasz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Places the rhetoric and the players in clear positions on the board, whether or not you agree with the Szasz prescription."
Szasz (Psychiatry/SUNY at Syracuse) at his abrasive best, skewering the shibboleths of the War On Drugs and giving historical context to the current national hubbub. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1992

"Hard-nosed, yet ultimately a celebration of grace under pressure in 'the Good War.'"
With his multivolume biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon now complete, Ambrose (History/Univ. of New Orleans) returns to military affairs (Pegasus Bridge, 1985, etc.) with this spirited account of one of the Army's crack WW II units. Read full book review >
MAFIA COP by Lou Eppolito
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"NYPD buffs. (Photos—16 pages of b&w—not seen.)"
A Manhattan cop breaks family tradition—his uncles, cousin, father, and grandfather all were members of the Gambino crime family—and is accused of selling his shield after a highly decorated career. Read full book review >
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Released: June 1, 1992

Warmhearted, charmingly offbeat memoir by the LAPD's last policewoman. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An intense and persuasive call for Israelis to confront their consciences—and for others to consider some of the spiritual questions imbedded in the politics."
An American briefly imprisoned in his adopted Israel—for refusing to serve in the army on the West Bank—ponders the moral and practical implications of Israel's increasingly violent occupation of the territories. Read full book review >
EXPERIENCE OF WAR by Robert--Ed. Cowley
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Released: June 1, 1992

"Several maps help vivify this bonanza for military-history buffs."
Bountiful anthology of articles from MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. Read full book review >
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Released: June 1, 1992

"His thesis, however, is original enough to compel attention and forceful enough to provoke thought."
An even-tempered (if rather partisan) critique of the American soul as it exhibits itself on the different fronts of our ``culture war.'' Neuhaus (Unsecular America, 1986, etc.) traces the traumas of our social and political life back to their ontological roots and supplies a prognosis that will undoubtedly scandalize as many as it sways. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"Occasionally diverting but mostly as grim as a sheriff's posse. (Seventy-three photos.)"
A recounting of the turn-of-the-century exploits of Bill Miner, ``one of the most wanted outlaws in North America.'' He also turns out to have been one of the least colorful. Read full book review >
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Released: May 27, 1992

"A thoughtful, humane, and readable history that brings the reader very close to this epic battle, the three cultures involved, and what it was like for the men and women who lived—or died- -through it. (Photographs—40 b&w, one color—not seen.)"
From Feifer (Our Motherland, 1974, etc.)—a fully considered, well-told account of perhaps the greatest land-sea-air engagement ever: the 1945 battle of Okinawa. Read full book review >
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Released: May 26, 1992

"Essential for anyone with a deaf person in his or her life, or for anyone who wishes truly to understand two million deaf fellow Americans."
Lane (Psychology/Northeastern) follows up When the Mind Hears- -his 1984 history of the deaf—with an excoriating analysis of the oppression of the deaf in contemporary society. Read full book review >
HOPE FOR THE LAND by Charles E. Little
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 20, 1992

"A lyrical and thoughtful analysis, offering compelling evidence in support of effective land stewardship based on collective action."
An impassioned advocacy of land-use planning in America as an absolute necessity, from land-preservationist Little (Greenways for America, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >