Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

THE LAST NEW WORLD by Mac Margolis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 29, 1992

"A compelling account of the relentless incursion into one of the earth's last frontiers, and a determined call for calm and reason amidst the clamor of increasingly belligerent antagonists. (Photographs and maps—not seen.)"
A well-organized, carefully researched, and fascinating study of the devastation of the Amazon rain forest; by Margolis, a Newsweek correspondent for eight years in Brazil. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 18, 1992

At the heart of this megabook from South-African-born Mostert (Supership, 1974) is the moving story of the tragic clash between races—black and white—and cultures—British, Boer, and African— in a place that for a brief, transcendent moment was a model to the world of racial tolerance and democracy. Read full book review >

SUMMER MEDITATIONS by Vaclav Havel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 15, 1992

"Worldly-wise pensÇes from an intellectual who's as comfortable and effective on the hustings as in an ivory tower."
More pieces of Havel's lively, subtle mind. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 10, 1992

"Tough as nails but not so sharp, and most notable for Stutman's caustic criticisms of a weak federal antidrug policy. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Sober telling of a top narc's life story. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 10, 1992

"Tucker and Hendrickson write in an easy, cogent style rare among political scientists, but their idealism may overrun their pragmatism in applying to today's nuclear world principles elaborated in a simpler, safer time."
A polemic harshly critical of the Bush Administration's ``New World Order'' for the post-cold-war era. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 8, 1992

"A lively and engaging string of benign adventures, then, with none of the harsh bite of violent reality."
A good-time memoir of life on the fringes of the New York mob, by the widow of a crony of Meyer Lansky's. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Impressively researched, if rather dully written. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Flat but informative account of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103, and of the tragedy's impact on the American families and friends of the victims, as well as on Lockerbie inhabitants who survived the rain of bodies and flaming debris that descended on their small Scottish town. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"An excellent and significant reexamination of the work and impact of the Progressive and Realist legal thinkers."
In an important and long-awaited sequel to his classic Transformation of American Law, 1780-1860 (1977), Horwitz tells how the Progressive movement—a program for political and economic as well as legal reform—transformed American legal thought from a search for impartial norms into a discipline that acknowledged the elasticity of its own rules and that borrowed the methodologies and some of the values of the social sciences. Read full book review >
SHIELD THE SOURCE by Brian J. Karem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"Interesting, but suffering from tunnel vision and an odd lack of drama."
A slow-paced account of how San Antonio TV-reporter Karem was jailed for refusing to surrender his notes on the slaying of a local cop. Read full book review >
OUR RIGHT TO DRUGS by Thomas Szasz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Places the rhetoric and the players in clear positions on the board, whether or not you agree with the Szasz prescription."
Szasz (Psychiatry/SUNY at Syracuse) at his abrasive best, skewering the shibboleths of the War On Drugs and giving historical context to the current national hubbub. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Hard-nosed, yet ultimately a celebration of grace under pressure in 'the Good War.'"
With his multivolume biographies of Eisenhower and Nixon now complete, Ambrose (History/Univ. of New Orleans) returns to military affairs (Pegasus Bridge, 1985, etc.) with this spirited account of one of the Army's crack WW II units. Read full book review >
MAFIA COP by Lou Eppolito
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"NYPD buffs. (Photos—16 pages of b&w—not seen.)"
A Manhattan cop breaks family tradition—his uncles, cousin, father, and grandfather all were members of the Gambino crime family—and is accused of selling his shield after a highly decorated career. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >