Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

THE SECOND SEDUCTION by Frances Lear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1992

"In all: an autobiography of abundant courage but only middling insight."
The founder of Lear's magazine and ex-wife of producer Norman Lear tells all and then some in a disturbing memoir that is searingly frank—though infuriatingly sketchy on biographical detail. Read full book review >
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Released: May 10, 1992

"Disheartening: a 'portrait' painted in simplified strokes and with no perspective."
Manchester, temporarily putting aside his rousing Churchill series (The Last Lion), offers a disappointing retread of past histories about the explosive dawn of the modern age. Read full book review >

BREAKING BLUE by Timothy Egan
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Released: May 6, 1992

"Egan rises into the Most Wanted group of true-crime writers with this smoothly told, exciting account."
Powerhouse story of an iconoclastic sheriff who cracked through 54 years of police coverups and solved the oldest open murder case in the country. Read full book review >
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Released: May 4, 1992

"Still, a provocative and sobering assessment of how self-government's reach can exceed its grasp."
An angry inquiry into the putative decline of democracy in the US. Read full book review >
FORTY DAYS by Bob Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 1992

"The involving testament of a man who's been to the brink and learned that the abyss does indeed stare back."
An affecting first-person account of the ordeal endured by one of the most celebrated casualties of the Persian Gulf War. Read full book review >

PACIFIC RIFT by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

An inquiry into sociological divergences that, for all its apparent artlessness and deceptive brevity, goes a long way toward explaining precisely what strains the commercial ties that still bind the US and Japan. Read full book review >
INSTINCT FOR SURVIVAL by II Hoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Able writing, but hobbled by uncertain focus. (Five illustrations.)"
Rambling essays on the author's character formation as he was reared in the South, and on the meaning of masculinity, inner life in the military, and his way of writing essays. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"He offers a rich and fascinating history, essential for any understanding of modern Africa's troubles—and a welcome contrast to the blame-the-Africans-for-their-problems books that have proliferated in the past decade."
For 40 years, Davidson (Can Africa Survive?, 1974, etc.) has fought to secure Africa's place in world history. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Persuasively argued and thoroughly documented, this is clearly no mere set of unfounded allegations."
A detailed investigation of the extent to which American universities, Harvard and Yale in particular, collaborated with government intelligence agencies in monitoring and suppressing political dissent in the early cold war period. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Gibbering horrors brought to heel, secrets of the serial- killer unveiled: a true-crime bonanza, though a bit more self- introspection would have iced the cake. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The FBI agent who coined the term ``serial killer'' boasts about his exploits—and for good reason. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Still, a sound—if guarded and dense—call to reason about the new balance in US-European relations."
Authoritative analysis of how to relate to the powerhouse that is Europe today, by Treverton (Senior Fellow/Council on Foreign Relations; Covert Action, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
HILL RAT by John L. Jackley
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Released: May 1, 1992

"The same could be said of the author."
Brittle exposÇ of Congress by a former aide to three Democratic congressmen. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >