Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 497)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A provocative, detailed view, if somewhat disorganized and repetitious, offering ample evidence that the war was far from over after the soldiers went home."
A careful assessment of the environmental damage wrought by both sides in Operation Desert Storm, locally and globally, from Boston-based science-writer Hawley. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Familiar examples and few new insights, but, still, a cogent and evenhanded summary of generally available information about the influence of TV on politicking. (Forty halftones, ten graphs—not seen.)"
An attempt to determine the extent to which TV has contributed to the manipulation of political campaigns—and what can be done about it; by Jamieson (Communication/Univ. of Penn.; Eloquence in an Electronic Age, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"It's in portraying these marginal lives that she's most effective. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
Fifteen brief but sensitive vignettes and a longer epilogue by Blais (Journalism/Univ. of Mass. at Amherst), a Pulitzer-winning former writer for the Miami Herald. Read full book review >
FAMILY MATTERS by David Guterson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A literate primer for anyone who wants to know more about alternatives to the schools."
A wide-ranging look at the benefits of parents educating their children at home. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"No milestone in criminological history but, rather, light, knowledgeable, appealingly ghastly fare for true-crime buffs. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
That in 1748 novelist Henry Fielding, then a London magistrate, formed the Bow Street Runners—the precursor of Scotland Yard—is just one of the enjoyable curiosities that Jeffers (Who Killed Precious?, 1991, etc.) presents in this lively account of England's famed police force. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Unique and important in recent addiction literature: a very fine achievement."
Brilliant and terrifying evocation of the crack monster devouring Washington, D.C., coupled with addicts' biographies. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"MacDonald raises as many questions as she answers, but, by writing the first book on a disturbing subject, she's also provided a useful and informative introduction. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A thoughtful if inconclusive study of female terrorists by a writer for The Observer. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"The big picture, in large strokes, by a man of unusual courage in going out on limbs."
Following Oliver Stone's JFK, Prouty (whom Stone depicted as ``X,'' Jim Garrison's secret informant on the military-industrial complex) offers an update on the assassination. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Passionate, reasoned, and untendentious—easily deserving a visible place on the Crisis-in-the-Colleges shelf."
Another faithful-oppositionist lament over—and explanation of—the wreckage of American college education, this time from English professor Douglas (Univ. of Illinois; All Aboard!, The Smart Magazines, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 31, 1992

"That these oft-deprecated virtues obviously helped him through some very rough times represents the most important message of this low-key testament. (Illustrations, including facsimiles of journal entries smuggled out of Iran.)"
The personal journal of the highest-ranking US envoy to be interned during the 444-day siege that became known as the Iran Hostage Crisis. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 20, 1992

"Not very incisive in analyzing the war's military significance, but highly colorful in depicting Americans in the blood-roar of nationalism. (B&w photos, maps—not seen.)"
A popular history of the ship whose sinking propelled the US into the Spanish-American War—and into a new, uncomfortable role as an overseas empire. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"A splendid and horrifying romp through the culverts of modern history. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
What can a celebrated fashion designer tell you about the history of Germany's Third Reich? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >