Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite its various limitations, the book proves a worthwhile read on a thorny and highly sensationalized topic. (45 b&w photos, not seen)"
A copious account of the modern American experience with terrorism that substitutes descriptive detail for thoughtful analysis. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A stimulating vision of a just society but with little meat for those who want to ask deeper questions."
A passionate plea for social justice and renewal, from the nationally known activist, preacher, and editor of Sojourners magazine. Read full book review >

BLOND GHOST by David Corn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A fairly absorbing read about the CIA, though the special significance of its protagonist isn't really established."
Nation Washington editor Corn delves thoroughly and with gusto into the career of Ted Shackley, one of the more shadowy CIA agents of the Cold War period. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A year's adventures in the world of collage, cubbies, and time-out, told with wit and humanity. (Author tour)"
An endearing and lively account of what one teacher encountered in a year with a private nursery school ``class from hell'' on Manhattan's educationally progressive Upper West Side. Read full book review >
TREES AND PEOPLE by Richard N. Jordan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A valid comment, but far from the final word on the fate of our forests. (Photos, not seen)"
A contribution to the debate over professional forestry's environmental impact by someone who believes that people take better care of trees than nature does. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Silverstein articulately presents a provocative theory but stretches it beyond its limits."
A neat but overbroad analysis of the current state of Supreme Court confirmation proceedings. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Exemplary reportage, essential for all those debating the future of American college education."
Eschewing hand-wringing and political rhetoric for close, critical observation, freelance journalist Traub (Too Good to Be True, 1990) delineates a unique—and uniquely representative- -institution: New York's City College. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The religious right and true believers in Reaganomics, however, will cheer Evans on every step of the way."
Discussion of the role of religion in the formation of the Republic becomes a soapbox for right-wing reimagining of American history by the chairman of the National Journalism Center. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"Unusually wise to the dodges of Washington's rich and powerful. (Author tour)"
A blistering jeremiad that gives new vibrancy to the political clichÇ that Washington is out of touch with the average American. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"Denlinger captures in equal parts the frustrating pain and the adrenaline-pumping thrill of playing college football at the highest level."
A thoughtful and compelling book following the members of a single recruiting class at Penn State's distinguished football program through their college gridiron careers. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"What could have been a dry technical and analytical study is enlivened by the immensity of the issues at stake and the extraordinary characters populating the story."
A measured account of the development of the Soviet bomb program by Holloway (Political Science/Stanford, The Soviet Union and the Arms Race, 1983) that contrives to be both technically comprehensive and gripping. Read full book review >
RUN RUN RUN by Jack Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Nevertheless, this is the forceful story of an American original."
A touching portrait of a complex and tortured soul, written by his brother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >