Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

LAWS OF HEAVEN by Michael Gallagher
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"A thumbtack on the chair seat for moral equivocators, whatever their faith."
The impassioned, sometimes holy, sometimes holier-than-thou world of Catholic political activists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Vivid, hair-raising, day-to-day-in-the-life-of narrative: the best mob book in recent memory. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
First-rate story of a Mafia murder crew so deadly that even John Gotti turned aside a contract on its leader. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 1992

"Still, Oppenheimer's familiarity with Cuban history, psychology, and culture—combined with extensive research and interviews—place his account well above standard left-bashing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Real-life thriller about Fidel Castro vs. perestroika and glasnost; by Oppenheimer, Pulitzer-winning foreign correspondent for The Miami Herald. Read full book review >
WHAT'$ IN IT FOR ME? by Joseph Stedino
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 29, 1992

"Very hard to put down. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Grimly hilarious exposÇ of Arizona pols on the take; by Stedino, a former mobster writing here with Matera (coauthor, Quitting the Mob, 1991, etc.). ``Desert Sting'' required imagination and about a million dollars, and it worked: Stedino, a three-time loser posing as Tony Vincent, set out ostensibly to legalize gambling in Arizona—by buying votes. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 29, 1992

"First-rate biography, and a fresh platter for true-crime epicureans. (B&w photo insert—not seen.)"
Splendid, detailed account of a woman's rise from one of the first woman street cops in the country to the head of Cleveland's vice squad. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 7, 1992

"Overall: an eye-opening report, told with unusual frankness and a great deal of righteous anger. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs-not seen.)"
Suspenseful, behind-closed-doors account of the legal and medical maneuverings that enabled deviously ingenuous killer Ross Michael Carlson to avoid trial from 1983—the year he shot both his parents to death—until his own death in 1989. Read full book review >
WE SAY NO by Eduardo Galeano
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"For connoisseurs of propaganda only."
Uruguayan journalist Galeano, author of the portentously pastiched Memory of Fire trilogy, collects here almost 30 years of occasional pieces that exhibit a mind set so tightly over its blind convictions that apparently nothing by way of observation or analysis has pierced its essence for three decades. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"An adroit recounting of the abortion controversies of the 1980's and a seemingly accurate assessment of the demise of the antiabortion coalition."
In an informative if partisan work, Planned Parenthood official McKeegan argues that the antiabortion forces—whose skillful focus on the issue aided Ronald Reagan's 1980 Presidential victory—have lost both their cohesiveness and the battle to ban abortion. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 6, 1992

"Still, an ironic, well-written post-mortem of a political system of staggering inefficiency, brutality, and self-delusion."
Murphy (AndrÇ Malraux, 1991) delivers a stimulating study of the rise and fall of the Communist dream, as seen through 11 representative European figures. Read full book review >
WHAT IT TAKES by Richard Ben Cramer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 4, 1992

"Exhaustively researched and written in a hot, jarring, unsentimental prose: the perfect antidote to election-year mythologizing."
Irreverent, highly knowledgeable look at the 1988 presidential primaries by Pulitzer-winning journalist Cramer. Read full book review >
A YEAR IN SAIGON by Katie Kelly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 1, 1992

"Often giddy, but beneath the gloss there's an excellent reporter who offers an unassuming, detailed look at today's Vietnam, and at the persecution by neglect of the children we left behind. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An affecting account of a year working with Amerasian children in Saigon, by the former WNBC (New York) critic and Today Show regular. Read full book review >
OUR EUROPE by Jacques Delors
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 1, 1992

"It's not surprising, then, that Delors deals with the problem by saying almost nothing."
An object lesson by European Commission President Delors, a longtime socialist, that ambitious European politicians are no more likely to say anything that means anything than are American ones. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >