Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

A BOY NO MORE by Paxton Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1992

"An autobiography that is exactly what it means to be—and no more. (B&w photos.)"
Third and final installment in a series (A Boy's War, 1990; Being a Boy, 1988) about Davis's youth. Read full book review >
TIN STAR TYRANTS by Martin Yant
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Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Yant strikes a nerve but his writing is uneven, with the latter third of the book feeling hurried and lacking the substance of earlier sections. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Cautionary law-and-order tales by Yant (Desert Mirage, 1991), former commentary editor of the Columbus Dispatch. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"An invaluable opening onto China's best and brightest hearts and minds."
Beautifully conceived and reported collection of musings by Chinese intellectuals, expertly stitched together by Link (Chinese Literature/Princeton). Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An unusually intimate and honest attempt to portray the last years of the Soviet Union by one who, for all his faults, retained a sense of honor."
A devastating glimpse into life at the top of the Soviet Union—ironically written by the man who, as director of the Institute for the Study of the United States and Canada, was one of the Soviet system's most effective defenders. Read full book review >
SHE WENT TO WAR by Rhonda Cornum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A fast-paced story as much about war and one remarkable woman as about the tenacity of the human spirit. (Sixteen b&w photographs, one map—not seen.)"
A soldier's story of the Gulf War—with a twist: The author, who was taken prisoner by the Iraqis, is a woman, wife, and mother, as well as a flight surgeon in the army. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A razor-sharp dissection of how the strains of maintaining Pax Americana have undermined the strength it sought to protect in the first place."
In 1941, Henry Luce summed up decades of national aspiration in the term ``the American Century''—an era in which US democracy and commodities would be our principal exports. Read full book review >
MY POSSE DON'T DO HOMEWORK by LouAnne Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Johnson shows the importance of basic respect, constant encouragement, and unorthodox teaching strategies for a generation (another generation) of disenfranchised students."
Another funny, alarming look at a city school from a dedicated, unconventional teacher. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A book full of human interest, designed to inspire more teachers and parents to take one small step for the children that could lead to a giant step for American schools."
An upbeat look at a dozen schools where innovative programs are boosting academic performance and helping troubled students at the same time. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Perfectly nasty reading, then, for election-year cynics."
Miller (Spying for America, 1989, etc.) updates The Founding Finaglers (1976), his sharp-tongued, lively chronicle of the history of US governmental corruption from the nation's early days of embezzlement-happy colonial governors through the Teapot Dome Scandal of the Harding Administration. Read full book review >
YONDER by Jim W. Corder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Subliminal grieving for a life lived in ribs of dust."
Tobacco chaw and human weighings by a professor of English (Texas Christian Univ.) who wonders whether he exists, and who finds the greater public crises of past decades writ small in his own life. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Why not give them a helping hand?"
An exhaustively researched look at the history and political implications of legislating English as our official language. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"By no means a definitive biography, but not flack-fluff either; and, for all its slant, the most informative text available on the man who would be President. (Sixteen pages of photographs- -not seen.)"
If Clinton wins the White House, he should consider choosing as his press secretary either author of this subtle panegyric. ``This biography,'' write Allen and Portis, ``is a thorough examination of a man who dreamed of being president...from his earliest days.'' Thorough, perhaps, but also delicately biased. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >