Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

Released: May 31, 1993

"Kairys's anarchic vision of judicial decision-making is troubling, but he's on target in pointing out the Supreme Court's apparent agenda and its effect on recent decisions."
A thoughtful but ultimately unpersuasive attack on recent Supreme Court decisions. Read full book review >
Released: May 28, 1993

"A breathtaking account that feeds the soul as much as it satisfies the appetite for vicarious danger. (Seven b&w photographs—not seen)"
A suspenseful rendering of Aubrac's experiences as a French Resistance fighter during WW II. Read full book review >

Released: May 26, 1993

"Burns renders his blues with an almost unfailing ear, and if he occasionally hits a wrong note (an episode on Jessica Savitch seems unnecessarily mean-spirited), he's redeemed by his sharp observations, comedic timing, and rare self-understanding."
A crisp report, both funny and sad, on the career of a TV-news correspondent. Read full book review >
Released: May 24, 1993

"As exciting as a good thriller—but far more frightening."
An arresting account of Ahmed Jibril, the technoterrorist mastermind whose exploits include the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. Read full book review >
Released: May 20, 1993

"Vivid, occasionally axe-grinding, vignettes that contribute a modicum of depth to the still incomplete portrait of an apparently world-class villain. (Photos—eight pp.—not seen)"
Intermittently absorbing testimony to the idiosyncratic—and autocratic—management style of the British media baron who was discredited as a swindler after his mysterious death in late 1991, coupled with an apologia that doth protest more than a bit too much. Read full book review >

Released: May 19, 1993

"Nonetheless: an original contribution to the abortion debate, as well as a stimulating discussion of our contradictory feelings about the meaning of human life."
An eloquent attempt to clarify the abortion and euthanasia debates by seeking to articulate and analyze the unspoken assumptions underlying them. Read full book review >
Released: May 17, 1993

"More legal brief than biography as the personal Myra Bradwell is subsumed in the political figure—but a welcome revival of a forgotten reputation."
A dry, bare-bones biography of Myra Bradwell (1831-94), whose plea to practice law was denied by the Supreme Court because she was a woman, and who went on to become the publisher and editor of the influential Chicago Legal News. Read full book review >
Released: May 14, 1993

"Some useful information clearly presented, but, overall—to adapt the famous Churchill phrase—a pudding in search of a theme."
Largely familiar tale of great-power politics prior to and during WW II; by Gardner (History/Rutgers; Approaching Vietnam, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: May 11, 1993

"Brook's lively, unsentimental account of how he struggled against the odds to abide by this demanding credo makes for an engaging and entertaining, if cautionary, tale. (Maps, eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
The gritty memoir of a rugged individualist whose 20-year stint as proprietor of a debt-burdened community newspaper in coastal Maine was soul-satisfying—if less than idyllic. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 1993

"An eye-opening report on nations caught between the securities of the past and the uncertainties of the future. (Five maps)"
Five sharp essays (expanded from New Yorker pieces) that explore political, socioeconomic, and ecological conditions in five southeast Asian locales: Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, and Borneo. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1993

"T'is no pity she was a whore—but a writer she is not. (Photographs—not seen)"
The title should read Cop to Call Girl to Confessor, since Almodovar—who quit the LAPD in 1982 in order to hook—has apparently given up the life in order to tell all ``and make millions of dollars.'' The money may be forthcoming—but critical raves likely won't. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1993

The story of N.Y.C.'s famous District 4 alternative schools and how they changed the lives of children growing up in one of the city's most challenging neighborhoods. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >