Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

ON THE EDGE by Elizabeth Drew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Drew's insightful account of an increasingly paralyzed presidency raises questions about the viability of American government that go beyond the fate of the Clinton administration."
Distinguished essayist and ``Meet the Press'' commentator Drew (Election Journal, 1989, etc.), relying heavily on firsthand interviews with senior White House officials, paints a vivid portrait of a presidency in turmoil. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Well written and thought provoking, if not totally convincing."
An entertaining addition to the growing shelf of books about the discontents of lawyers and, by implication, the rest of the citizenry who has to put up with them. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This analysis of an important American educational story is somewhat plodding and dry, but the end result is coherent and insightful."
An authoritative study of the emergence of Jewish studies on the American campus. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Some good new material on an eternally intriguing subject, marred by the unexplained absence of later KGB material and the author's readiness to embellish his tapes of Philby with lengthy conversations reconstructed from what he thinks may have occurred."
Soviet spy Kim Philby, discreet to the last, speaks at length here about his career without saying much new, but his KGB file is more revealing. Read full book review >
REDESIGNING EDUCATION by Kenneth G. Wilson
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Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"Still another look at what's wrong with our schools, but one that that targets what makes educational reform so elusive: a continuing communications gap between the classroom teacher—the one who really matters—and the rest of the education profession."
Nobel prizewinning physicist Wilson tries to illuminate the black hole that is the American educational system. Read full book review >

WEDGE by Mark Riebling
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Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"A history of American spy versus American cop written in a manner as informative as any treatise and as entertaining as the best espionage novels."
A brilliant first book chronicling the bitter rivalry of the FBI and CIA from WW II, when the CIA had its roots in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), through the present. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Quinn performs his task in a richly straightforward way, depicting his colorful cast with a keen sense of the delicate meshing of the personal and the historical."
Quinn, fresh from his exploration of early America in A New World ( p. 535), takes on the early days of gold-rush California through the story of two men whose political and personal rivalry was to end in tragedy. Read full book review >
WINCHELL by Neal Gabler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Gabler's book is timely, incisive and, for the most part, a good read."
A dauntingly complete portrait of the one of the most powerful and significant figures in American journalism. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Kalb presents the story of Nixon's rehabilitation as great and appalling copy, and gives the reader an illuminating peek into some of the darker recesses of the world inside the Beltway."
The distinguished former foreign correspondent for CBS and NBC news looks wryly and critically at a 1992 foray into foreign policy by Richard Nixon—and along the way, shows how politicians and press pundits manipulate one another to shape political consensus. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Such dramatic narrative is unexpected in a book devoted to a subject that would at first appear to be of interest only to West Point cadets and jarheads. (Author tour)"
Hallahan's polemic against internal regulations within the national armaments industry is also a history of America's war machine since the founding of the Springfield Arsenal during the Revolution. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Better on big pictures than case studies, but a worthy response to Illiberal Education and other portrayals of campus life today. (First serial to Vogue, New Age, Sierra, Mother Jones; author tour)"
An itinerant campus speaker reports back from interviews at more than 100 schools, arguing that students are not ``simply greedy or indifferent,'' as popular images suggest. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Enjoyable anecdotes, not much insight or history. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The CBS anchorman tells of his globe-trotting moments—good yarns, though they're not exactly representative of his usual daily work behind a desk. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >