Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 20, 1994

US Customs special agent Gately (aided by freelancer Fernandez) describes a sting operation that brought down two Mafia operatives and transformed them into useful turncoats for the federal Protected Witness Program. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"The arguments get complicated, but this is challenging history—and a goad to clarify modern-day rhetoric."
A scholarly but resonant analysis of ``the cultural meanings of the welfare system,'' probing the mistaken assumptions behind fundamental policies forged during the 1930s. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Likewise, he fails to suggest policies for the United States that would stem the potential disaster."
An unusual, hybrid alert—part worthy analysis, part alarmist scenario—to a Canada possibly to be sundered next year by a separatist Quebec. Read full book review >
BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW JAPAN by Ichiro Ozawa
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"For certain, however, his grand design is in the self-interested tradition of an insular nation-state whose capacity to adapt has not been in serious doubt since the Meiji Restoration. (Maps)"
A master plan for an institutional makeover of Japan from a political insider whose revisionist agenda remains firmly rooted in the ruling class's long-standing preoccupation with national security. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"An absorbing study of the linkages between personal and diplomatic perspectives— illuminating as historical background in this period of European integration and diminished American power."
Harper (European Studies/Johns Hopkins; America and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1986) creatively melds biography with cultural and diplomatic history in this triptych of portraits of important architects of US policy toward Europe during the ``American Century.'' America's ``historic ambivalence'' toward Europe, the author argues, is reflected in the lives of his three subjects, each of whom decisively influenced America's European policy during and after WW II. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"Jeffers inverts Teddy's most famous saying with a book that walks loudly (lots of swaggering by the protagonist and others) and carries a small stick (nary a whack of dissent)."
A fast-paced but toothless report on the crime-busting years of America's toothiest politician: scads of atmosphere and action, no critical bite. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 2, 1994

"A shame only that he could not come up with a better villain than poor old knock-kneed Britain."
Roberti, a former Hong Kong correspondent for AsiaWeek, has followed the convoluted negotiations between China and Britain over the last few years and has produced a formidable narrative of high diplomatic deception and expediency. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Colin Powell, Texas govenor Ann Richards, or any of 15 other 'candidates."
Imagine this: The American People (whoever they are) require the assistance and good will of a couple of advertising honchos to tell them how to take back the government. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"No juicy war stories here: just the author's Supreme Court brief annotated and enlarged for the general reader."
An honorable but flat how-I-won-that-case account, by Minnesota defender Cleary. Read full book review >
THE POWER AND PASSION OF M. CAREY THOMAS by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"At times burdened by its unrelenting attention to detail, Horowitz's account personalizes a courageous woman and provides the historical context to balance her complex and contradictory life choices. (16 pages b&w photographs, not seen)"
A lengthy biography of educator M. Carey Thomas (18571935). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The authors may not always be quite as skeptical of statistics as one would like, but this is a hard-headed, clear analysis filled with anecdote and vivid reportage."
A vivid and thoughtful portrait of China by a Pulitzer Prize- winning husband-and-wife team of New York Times correspondents formerly in Beijing. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A highly readable exposÇ coupled to a provoking argument. (Author tour)"
A glaring indictment of America's jury system, by the Wall Street Journal's legal editor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >