Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 498)

CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION by Alan M. Dershowitz
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Released: Oct. 14, 1992

"Vintage Dershowitz: trenchant opinions designed to stimulate— and infuriate."
A scattershot collection of the outspoken Harvard law professor's ruminations on various topics, which reflects his already extensively documented interest in the state of the federal judiciary, civil liberties, and Israeli and Jewish issues, among other concerns. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"Will no doubt raise a few hackles, but Pitino's tale of doings on and off the court will be the most discussed basketball book of the season. (B&w photos—eight pages—not seen.)"
Star basketball-coach Pitino's candid and emotional account of the Kentucky Wildcats' revival from sanctions and probation in 1989 to the dramatic at-the-buzzer loss to Duke in the NCAA semifinals earlier this year. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Awash with lengthy digressions, but Will's argument is clear and persuasive nonetheless."
Will (Suddenly, 1990, etc.) weighs in for term limits as the answer to congressional careerism and public disgust. ``A permanent class of career legislators is inherently inimical to limited government,'' says Will in this carefully argued and historically grounded work. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Nonetheless, an important book, likely to generate intense discussion."
Furious blast at anti-Semitism and the liberals who tolerate it. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"Good reading for those enamored of the Washington scene."
More than just an antipundit screed: freelance writer Alterman puts punditry in perspective, giving a history of its development and analyzing its current effect on politics. Read full book review >

THE ISLAMIC THREAT by John L. Esposito
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A much-needed and highly accessible account of an ancient and widespread culture too often presented only in terms of villainous stereotypes."
Holy Cross professor (Middle East Studies) and State Department consultant Esposito calls for a more balanced and informed view of the Muslim world. Read full book review >
A CHORUS OF STONES by Susan Griffin
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Somber, elliptical, and defeatist—certainly less than such a study might have been."
Griffin (Made from this Earth, 1983; Pornography and Silence, 1981, etc.) turns her thoughtful if chronically depressed gaze to the relationship between secrecy and violence, both in the world and in personal relationships. ``I cannot be certain how far back in human history the habit of denial can be traced,'' writes Griffin. ``But it is at least as old as I am.'' Beginning, then, with the birth of modern warfare in this century, she proceeds to interweave tales of evil made possible by governmental lies and secrets with personal recollections of the toxic falsehoods maintained by her own and others' families. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Funny, fair-minded, and refreshingly novel in finding contemporary relevance in a pol long dismissed as an anachronism of the boss era. (Black-and-white photographs—not seen.)"
A delightful and shrewd biography of four-time Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, the sinner-saint whose ``shamrock politics'' made his Irish-Catholic supporters cheer and his WASP opponents sputter with rage for half a century. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lacking in original insights, but, still, a well-intentioned and thoroughly researched introduction to a painful subject."
An in-depth analysis of the print media's handling of sex crimes. Read full book review >
CAULDRON OF TURMOIL by Barry Rubin
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"More a well-informed journalistic account of a recent crisis than a penetrating analysis."
From Middle East expert Rubin (Istanbul Intrigues, 1989, etc.): a policy history of the Gulf War, concentrating on the misconceptions and political climate that led to, and took place behind, the day-to-day events of the conflict. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But Brown got his book, and it's excellent. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
All and everything about Florida State's 1991 football season, by USA Today writer/editor Brown. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >