Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

THE ANTI-EGOTIST by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the oddities in diction and tone, Fussell is the perfect match for his subject — witty, thoughtful, brief, and, not least of it, accurate."
Fussell (Bad, 1991, etc.) certainly has come a long way from his early work as a conventional literary scholar. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"Kaufman comes across as a blend of science fetishist, free- market wonk, and immense sour grape—his good points sadly lost in the blather."
In classic jilted-lover style, former environmental activist Kaufman (The Beaches Are Moving, 1979) levels some sharp and deserving criticisms at the environmental movement, but loses credibility when he just can't find one good word for his former partner. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"By turns wry, witty, sometimes wise, but resolutely outspoken, this volume brings father and daughter face to face as people, not icons in a Freudian myth."
Masquerading as a report on home schooling, a tale of father- daughter conflict played out over eighth-grade English and math. Read full book review >
TRUE NORTH by Jill Ker Conway
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 22, 1994

"Irishman's way with a story'') as a substitute for the harder work of portraying individual characters. (First printing of 60,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
In this memoir Conway picks up where she left off in Road From Coorain (1989). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 8, 1994

"Still, she helps us understand much of the posturing that passes for drug policy rhetoric."
A wide-ranging critique of anti-drug policies that focuses on the ``shadow agendas'' behind ``politically obligatory `get tough' postures.'' Though Gordon (Political Science/City College, CUNY) could use some journalistic detail to animate her academic style, she makes some important basic points, noting that we blame drugs for larger social problems and often ignore the damage caused by alcohol and tobacco. Read full book review >

DEAD RIGHT by David Frum
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"A clear guide to the current fault lines in American conservatism by an author who laments that the conservative revival has stalled."
A young tory's unsparing critique of political conservatism in the US and the divisive shambles its putative partisans have made of their cause. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"A valuable chronicle of the 20th century's most crucial debates, culled from the pages of one of our most influential periodicals."
Nearly 100 passionate, often confrontational essays and editorials from the first 80 years of the New Republic. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The joy of this volume is that nothing in it is labored or overworked: historical overviews dovetail perfectly with a close reading of daily life, always sharply and tersely drawn and using a rich supply of material."
Beevor (The Spanish Civil War, 1983, etc.) and Cooper (editor, The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper, 1992, etc.) have created what should surely become one of the definitive works on the Paris liberation. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Though flawed, particularly by its excursions into melodrama, this remains a piercing story of strength and courage."
A gripping account of Saubin's arrest on trumped-up drug charges and her ten-year incarceration in Malaysian prisons. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Though Sidel does step beyond sound-bite reporting, fewer—and more thorough—case studies would have better explored the ironies and subtleties of this topic."
A sometimes illuminating survey of campus conflicts over bias and identity, based on interviews with 100 students, faculty, and administrators on 17 campuses. Read full book review >
THE LAST YEARS OF THE MONROE DOCTRINE, 1945-1993 by Gaddis Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The muddled historical argument about the Monroe Doctrine is redeemed by a thoughtful review of recent US policy in the Americas."
A fanciful argument that superpower rivalry in Latin America undermined and finally killed the Monroe Doctrine (which asserted American dominance in the Americas and nonintervention in Europe) as a basic feature of American foreign policy. Read full book review >
THE WIESENTHAL FILE by Alan Levy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Finally, he offers a guarded evaluation of Wiesenthal's role in the controversy surrounding Kurt Waldheim, suggesting that a much earlier rift between Wiesenthal and the World Jewish Congress sparked much of the name-calling directed at the veteran Nazi-hunter in recent discussions of that case."
This biography of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is so well written that it often seems like a thriller rather than a serious examination of the aftermath of the Holocaust filtered through one survivor's experience. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >