Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 20, 1994

"Despite compelling material, Zuroff's sludgily bureaucratic- academic prose style manages to stifle much of this important book's impact."
The murderers are still among us, but Zuroff, coordinator of Nazi war crimes research for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and others like him continue to hunt them; retelling the story of this quest ought to be more exciting. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 18, 1994

"Newcomers will learn a great deal from the author's inspired conceptualization but will need frequent respites from the flood of humanity he presents. (48 pages photos, not seen)"
Egerton's examination of the South in the period immediately preceding the civil rights movement is less history through group biography than history through cameo appearance. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 16, 1994

"Neufeld deserves his due for thorough research of both German and American archives, but his analysis is questionable and the writing is not up to the potential of the narrative."
A dry history of the Nazi rocket program, concentrating on the development of liquid fuels for missiles. Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW YEARS by Eugen Weber
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

"An eloquent and thoughtful look at France in the interwar period."
Weber (European History/UCLA; France, Fin de Siäcle, 1986; etc.) skillfully paints a somber portrait of France in decline. Read full book review >
QUEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY 1992 by Peter Goldman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 14, 1994

A fly-in-campaign-headquarters perspective on the last presidential race, written by Newsweek's special election team, several of whose members also worked on Quest for the Presidency 1988 (1989). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Highly persuasive."
A compelling book dealing with the question of MIAs in Vietnam. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Overdue witness, eloquent and harrowing. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A wide-angle saga that adds a chapter long missing from official and traditional histories of WW II's Pacific theater: the story of the torments endured by Allied military personnel captured when Japanese forces overran Greater East Asia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"This portrait of an ugly marriage and a brutal, bullying sociopath is about as insightful as an afternoon talk show. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
In a tawdry account, Barbara Kuklinski describes 25 years of abuse at the hands of her husband, a convicted New Jersey hit man who claims to have killed dozens of times. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1994

"Weaker on policy than politics, but with nuance and psychological truth."
An assessment of the first year of Bill Clinton's presidency with no major scoops but with long-term insight into Clinton's style and character. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Steeped in thoughtful commentary and deftly written with a reporter's eye for detail, this comprehensive history is a jewel. (Author tour)"
An erudite, astute synopsis of Israel's economic, social, and political upheavals from 1987 to 1993. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"It's not the official story, and certainly not one the LAPD will be proud of. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
This gritty recounting of the Los Angeles Police Department's often ugly history goes a long way toward demonstrating the inevitability of the Rodney King beating and the ensuing riots. Read full book review >
MEA CUBA by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Would it be too much to ask of this brilliant exile that he provide the kind of profound account of Castro's Cuba that only he could give—and that he restrain his punning?"
While singularly informative, this volume of autobiographically oriented sketches of recent Cuban history and culture is, in the end, evasive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >