Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"And evenhanded, well-written, and hard-hitting study that should be required reading for those on both sides of the death penalty debate. (Nineteen b&w illustrations—not seen.)"
A fascinating, nonpartisan view into the world of executioners, their methods, and the thoughts of their victims. Read full book review >
BAT BOMB by Jack Couffer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"A well-told, stranger-than-fiction tale that could make a terrific movie. (Thirty-three b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another batman has returned—this one with inside information on a wondrously droll, highly classified yarn from WW II. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Nonetheless, those seeking a clear and consistent analysis of the meaning of free speech will be disappointed."
In a sometimes confused, sometimes admirable polemic, Hentoff (John Cardinal O'Connor, 1988, etc.) argues against restraints on free expression in a wide variety of contemporary contexts. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"Fascinating for its documentation of tribal cultures; admirable for its ability to keep the humanitarian aims of anthropological study always within reach."
An unsentimental look at the ways in which ``primitive'' or ``folk'' societies, independent of colonial influence, engender in their inhabitants the anxiety, alienation, and suffering we have historically attributed to urban civilization. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"An amiable handbook to the great debate: intelligent, personable, and informed, if not managing to become unusually cutting or deep."
From Atlas (Delmore Schwartz, 1977; The Great Pretender, 1986)—a slim, plain, and mainly sensible little guide to the crisis in the university. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"Educators themselves, however, had better have their blood pressure tested before they sit down with this book."
Education's in, school's out in this no-holds-barred, computer- instruction-driven harangue against American public education. Read full book review >
ECLIPSE by Mark Perry
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 1992

"A first-rate briefing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An evenhanded audit of the CIA's recent history concluding that, in the years since William Casey's death, the agency has become a "quintessential government bureaucracy." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 1992

"More impressive, then, for its range than its achievement; like Irving Howe, Bromwich seems more successful in breathtaking individual polemics than in sustained argument."
War, wrote Clausewitz, is the continuation of politics by other means; so, to its cost, is higher education, argues Bromwich (English/ Yale) in this indictment—by turns lively and learned—of the herd mentality of contemporary American culture. Read full book review >
CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION by Alan M. Dershowitz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >