Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Kaiser has an acquaintanceship as vast as his memory, and he's at his best when discussing the personalities of well-known friends."
An anecdotal memoir from diplomat and politician Kaiser, former US ambassador to Hungary and Austria. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"More or less a long press release for Coach K and Duke, as Brill mechanically recounts events, taking almost everything said by the coach at face value. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Here, the Duke Blue Devils' back-to-back NCAA basketball championships (1991-92) are given superficial treatment by Brill, past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Devils coach Krzyzewski. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"All in all, the details of Sowell's indictment—that not only can't Johnny think, but 'Johnny doesn't know what thinking is'—are more entertaining than persuasive or new."
American schools at every level, from kindergarten to postgraduate programs, have substituted ideological indoctrination for education, charges conservative think-tanker Sowell (Senior Fellow/Hoover Institution; Preferential Polices, 1990, etc.) in this aggressive attack on the contemporary educational establishment. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"An intelligent study that offers a glimmer of hope (if war depends upon perception, then it can be curtailed if not eradicated)—although, truth be told, LeShan's admonitions will probably have all the effect of lighting a match in a hurricane."
Psychotherapist LeShan (The Dilemma of Psychology, 1990, etc.) digs into the causes of—and cures for—war. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A vivid, first-rate biography of a judicial hero. (Thirty-two b&w photographs.)"
Bass (Journalism/Univ. of Mississippi; Unlikely Heroes, 1981, etc.), using extensive quotes from taped interviews with his subject and others, tells the story of an outstanding and heroic federal judge: Frank M. Johnson of Alabama, who, despite the constant threat of violence in the explosive 1960's South, contributed to the achievement of racial justice in numerous landmark civil-rights cases. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Much fretting—but not much in the way of new solutions."
Another entry in the recent wave of drug-policy books by academics. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"20, but the authors' prose and prescriptions are far from clear, marred by bad grammar, jargon, and patches of supreme self-evidence. (Five line illustrations.)"
American business schools fail to produce savvy international corporate managers because the schools' philosophical and technical biases are narrow, Cartesian-based, and one-dimensional—and so don't provide the tools to master increasingly complex marketing and production problems. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Except for its simplistic conclusion (that the lax US war- crimes posture contributed to the souring of American-Soviet relations): revelatory and shocking investigative scholarship of a high order."
A disturbing report on how US bankers, lawyers, and diplomats responded to the Armenian massacres of WW I and the Holocaust. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A dramatic but caring book in which Mirante's blithe tone doesn't disguise her earnest concern for the worsening conditions faced by the Burmese hill tribes."
A hip and lively narrative of human-rights activism in Burma. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A lost reputation rises from the dead and adds a fearless new voice to the black Renaissance. (Fourteen halftones—not seen.)"
Richly voiced African-American memoir by Davis (1905-87), a journalist-poet who disappeared in 1948 and became known as the ``mystery poet.'' This memoir has been lovingly edited by John Edgar Tidwell (English/Miami University of Ohio) from a variety of manuscripts put together after Davis's death, and it may be expanded if more of his second volume, That Incredible Waikiki Jungle, is ever found. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"An illuminating rundown on a largely ignored, albeit important, chapter in diplomatic and military history. (One map.)"
Much has been written (e.g., David Kahn's Seizing the Enigma, 1991) about the high-grade intelligence (dubbed ``Ultra'' and ``Magic'') available to the Allies during WW II as a result of the UK's ability to read many of Nazi Germany's ciphers and of America's success in cracking Japanese codes. Read full book review >
GUERRILLAS by Jon Lee Anderson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"It took guts to research and write this; relentlessly grim— not through Anderson's fault, since he does a superb reporting job- -it's no picnic to read either."
The bloody world of the modern revolutionary, as seen by free- lance writer (Harper's, etc.) and documentary filmmaker Anderson. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >