Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"A delightfully written account, full of bold insights into the Irish character and its continuity through the ages."
Scholarship, humor, and a keen understanding of human nature combine in this history of Ireland and her rarely acknowledged contribution to European culture. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Her book cries out to be written in a more fertile style."
A formal, leaden treatment that uses the lives and works of Olsen and Le Sueur to map the complex juncture of left-wing politics, second-wave feminism, and modern culture. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Authoritative perspectives on a consequential country that remains indominatably foreign for most of the West. (Graphs and tabular material)"
A collection of perceptive essays from a top Asian scholar who sheds considerable light on how Japan managed to become a world- class economic power following its defeat in WW II. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"If there is a major flaw in this unexciting but very sensible book, it is its failure to address the possibility of a renewed security threat from a Russia attempting to recover control of the former Soviet empire."
This proposal for a radically different US defense posture will not soon convert official Washington, but it nonetheless deserves to be heard. Read full book review >
FBI SECRETS by M. Wesley Swearingen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

A 25-year FBI veteran makes convincing claims that the agency has been waging a secret war on the citizens of the United States for more than half a century. Read full book review >

GENIUS IN DISGUISE by Thomas Kunkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Kunkel writes with such fair-mindedness and so convincingly that readers, including the old lady from Dubuque, will need to remind themselves that they didn't know Ross personally."
A thoroughly classy profile of the famously demanding founder and editor of the New Yorker. Read full book review >
RETHINKING SCHOOLS by David Levine
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Not much news for those who are up on the subject, but a good overview for the interested layperson."
A liberal critique of our schools and some ideas for possible solutions. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Argued with a voice of reason and experience."
A cogent collection of essays and academic papers suggesting that multiculturalism in the classroom is an illusion that masks miscommunication and the continuation of a white-male-dominated society. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Lacking cohesiveness and closure, this good-natured account doesn't quite add up to the sum of its fascinating parts. (100 b&w photos, not seen)"
A rich study of the role of the Municipal Art Society in the urban planning and development of New York City throughout the 20th century. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Absorbing, informative recollections of two men who helped shape contemporary perceptions of historic events. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
An insider's affectionate and engaging appraisal of a world- class publisher's love/hate relationship with an independent-minded correspondent. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"A worthy antidote to tourist images of a smiling island."
A memorable, elegantly written portrait—part history, part travelogue—of the Jamaican subculture of political gangsters and drug-dealing outlaws. Read full book review >
AN ETHIC FOR ENEMIES by Jr. Shriver
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1995

"For anyone concerned with the continual cycles of vengeance and retaliation in our world, Shriver's book offers a well-argued vision of hope."
A compelling case for forgiveness—traditionally thought of as the way to heal disputes between persons—as the route to better relations between peoples. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >