Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Passionate, reasoned, and untendentious—easily deserving a visible place on the Crisis-in-the-Colleges shelf."
Another faithful-oppositionist lament over—and explanation of—the wreckage of American college education, this time from English professor Douglas (Univ. of Illinois; All Aboard!, The Smart Magazines, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 31, 1992

"That these oft-deprecated virtues obviously helped him through some very rough times represents the most important message of this low-key testament. (Illustrations, including facsimiles of journal entries smuggled out of Iran.)"
The personal journal of the highest-ranking US envoy to be interned during the 444-day siege that became known as the Iran Hostage Crisis. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 20, 1992

"Not very incisive in analyzing the war's military significance, but highly colorful in depicting Americans in the blood-roar of nationalism. (B&w photos, maps—not seen.)"
A popular history of the ship whose sinking propelled the US into the Spanish-American War—and into a new, uncomfortable role as an overseas empire. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 1992

"A splendid and horrifying romp through the culverts of modern history. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
What can a celebrated fashion designer tell you about the history of Germany's Third Reich? Read full book review >
A BOY NO MORE by Paxton Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 1992

"An autobiography that is exactly what it means to be—and no more. (B&w photos.)"
Third and final installment in a series (A Boy's War, 1990; Being a Boy, 1988) about Davis's youth. Read full book review >

TIN STAR TYRANTS by Martin Yant
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Yant strikes a nerve but his writing is uneven, with the latter third of the book feeling hurried and lacking the substance of earlier sections. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Cautionary law-and-order tales by Yant (Desert Mirage, 1991), former commentary editor of the Columbus Dispatch. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"An invaluable opening onto China's best and brightest hearts and minds."
Beautifully conceived and reported collection of musings by Chinese intellectuals, expertly stitched together by Link (Chinese Literature/Princeton). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"An unusually intimate and honest attempt to portray the last years of the Soviet Union by one who, for all his faults, retained a sense of honor."
A devastating glimpse into life at the top of the Soviet Union—ironically written by the man who, as director of the Institute for the Study of the United States and Canada, was one of the Soviet system's most effective defenders. Read full book review >
SHE WENT TO WAR by Rhonda Cornum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A fast-paced story as much about war and one remarkable woman as about the tenacity of the human spirit. (Sixteen b&w photographs, one map—not seen.)"
A soldier's story of the Gulf War—with a twist: The author, who was taken prisoner by the Iraqis, is a woman, wife, and mother, as well as a flight surgeon in the army. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A razor-sharp dissection of how the strains of maintaining Pax Americana have undermined the strength it sought to protect in the first place."
In 1941, Henry Luce summed up decades of national aspiration in the term ``the American Century''—an era in which US democracy and commodities would be our principal exports. Read full book review >
MY POSSE DON'T DO HOMEWORK by LouAnne Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Johnson shows the importance of basic respect, constant encouragement, and unorthodox teaching strategies for a generation (another generation) of disenfranchised students."
Another funny, alarming look at a city school from a dedicated, unconventional teacher. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A book full of human interest, designed to inspire more teachers and parents to take one small step for the children that could lead to a giant step for American schools."
An upbeat look at a dozen schools where innovative programs are boosting academic performance and helping troubled students at the same time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >