Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"A case study in how determination, dedication, and a good cause can bring about social and educational innovation."
Who would think that a story of 25 years of bureaucratic struggle could be so interesting? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Witty and readable, if never impertinent. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Likable memoirs of a newshound and well-known editor, today best-remembered for helming the Atlantic Monthly. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Whether nonspecialists will take much interest in Gray's informed—albeit donnish and often murky—analyses, though, is quite another story."
A think-tank intellectual's persuasive, if tedious, reminder that sea power confers decisive military superiority—even in an era marked by advances in aerospace, ballistic, electronic, nuclear, submarine, and allied technologies. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An exciting, intelligent, well-written football book that brings a classic game to pulse-quickening life with the immediacy of today's sports pages. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A smashing retelling of the fabled Notre Dame-Michigan State game that ended in a 10-10 tie and decided the 1966 national championship. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A warm and fitting tribute that provides an excellent examination of the development of Marshall's jurisprudence. (Twenty-four pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An affectionate and engaging biography of the ``rumpled bear of a man'' who served as the liberal conscience of the Supreme Court, and as its first African-American justice, from 1967 until his retirement last year. Read full book review >

DEAN ACHESON by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Even Acheson, for all his crustiness, would have respected the clear, concise writing and objectivity of this fine political biography. (Twenty illustrations—not seen.)"
Cool, lucid account of the later years of a towering cold-war figure; by Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Methodically weak, but, still, a good overview of prevention and treatment efforts."
Enthusiastic and well-researched but flawed survey of drug- prevention programs. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A strong antidote to ethnic scapegoating and quick-fix thinking about trade imbalances."
Expert analysis of evolving US/Asia economic and cultural realities, by Gibney (Asian Editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica; Miracle by Design, 1982, etc.). Read full book review >
THE IMMOBILE EMPIRE by Alain Peyrefitte
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >