Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"Occasionally diverting but mostly as grim as a sheriff's posse. (Seventy-three photos.)"
A recounting of the turn-of-the-century exploits of Bill Miner, ``one of the most wanted outlaws in North America.'' He also turns out to have been one of the least colorful. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 27, 1992

"A thoughtful, humane, and readable history that brings the reader very close to this epic battle, the three cultures involved, and what it was like for the men and women who lived—or died- -through it. (Photographs—40 b&w, one color—not seen.)"
From Feifer (Our Motherland, 1974, etc.)—a fully considered, well-told account of perhaps the greatest land-sea-air engagement ever: the 1945 battle of Okinawa. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 26, 1992

"Essential for anyone with a deaf person in his or her life, or for anyone who wishes truly to understand two million deaf fellow Americans."
Lane (Psychology/Northeastern) follows up When the Mind Hears- -his 1984 history of the deaf—with an excoriating analysis of the oppression of the deaf in contemporary society. Read full book review >
HOPE FOR THE LAND by Charles E. Little
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 20, 1992

"A lyrical and thoughtful analysis, offering compelling evidence in support of effective land stewardship based on collective action."
An impassioned advocacy of land-use planning in America as an absolute necessity, from land-preservationist Little (Greenways for America, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 18, 1992

"Smooth, smart, and very, very scary."
Junkies, dealers, narcs, and other combatants in the war on drugs speak out in this first-rate oral report from Wells (444 Days, 1985) and Triplett. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 18, 1992

"Not a seminal work of history, but a well-told and worthwhile look at two important incidents in the history of American government. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
In a pleasant if unremarkable history lesson, America's Chief Justice (The Supreme Court, 1987) recounts ``two episodes in American history'' that were ``of extraordinary importance to the American system of government''—the impeachment trials of, in 1805, US Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase and, in 1868, President Andrew Johnson. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 1992

"A thoughtful, well-researched look at the current pronounced conservatism of a most enigmatic and influential institution. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Los Angeles Times reporter Savage engrossingly chronicles a sea change in the nation's high court—its transformation, under Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, from guardian of an expansively interpreted Bill of Rights into a highly restrained and, toward government authority, profoundly deferential court. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 15, 1992

"An activist's handbook complete with legal appendices and lists of waste sites, but much, much more: This is a clear and concise condemnation of practices and attitudes in the last bastion of unregulated environmental destruction in America."
Boston science-journalist Shulman hammers away at the US military establishment's abysmal handling of deadly waste—an extensively researched exposÇ certain to enlighten and frighten all who have the Armed Forces or the Department of Energy as neighbors. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 14, 1992

"A fair-minded and balanced report, backed by extensive research."
Davis—coauthor of Kelley (1987), the autobiography of former FBI director Clarence M. Kelley—delves into the FBI's secret counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO), which from 1956 to 1971 aimed to stifle dissent among domestic radical groups. J. Edgar Hoover, Davis explains, obtained a vast charter for the FBI to monitor domestic intelligence when FDR signed a special directive just prior to WW II, and managed to get the National Security Council to expand the FBI's portfolio in this arena in 1956. Read full book review >
INSIDE CAMPAIGN FINANCE by Frank J. Sorauf
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 1992

"The evenhanded text includes an abundance of tabular material—not seen."
A rigorously revisionist, if somewhat detached, view of the supporting role money has played in American political campaigns since Watergate-instigated modification of the electoral regulatory regime. Read full book review >
THE SECOND SEDUCTION by Frances Lear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 1992

"In all: an autobiography of abundant courage but only middling insight."
The founder of Lear's magazine and ex-wife of producer Norman Lear tells all and then some in a disturbing memoir that is searingly frank—though infuriatingly sketchy on biographical detail. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 10, 1992

"Disheartening: a 'portrait' painted in simplified strokes and with no perspective."
Manchester, temporarily putting aside his rousing Churchill series (The Last Lion), offers a disappointing retread of past histories about the explosive dawn of the modern age. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >