Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 499)

GUERRILLAS by Jon Lee Anderson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"It took guts to research and write this; relentlessly grim— not through Anderson's fault, since he does a superb reporting job- -it's no picnic to read either."
The bloody world of the modern revolutionary, as seen by free- lance writer (Harper's, etc.) and documentary filmmaker Anderson. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"An intricate analysis rather than a denunciation—but in focusing on the day-to-day activities of a handful of highly skilled lobbyists, Birnbaum conveys the ambiguous relationship between Congress and those who solicit its favors."
An attempt to convey how lobbyists really work in Washington, by Wall Street Journal reporter Birnbaum (coauthor, Showdown at Gucci Gulch, 1987). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"An annoying format—but a valuable theory against which to test decision-making aimed at avoiding unethical behavior and unforeseen negative outcomes."
Jacobs, who changed prevailing notions of urban planning and city life with The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), now looks at societal ethics and delineates two contradictory moral systems. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Jenner argues persuasively that China may be largely immutable, but he never really deals with today's ultimate agent of change: the information avalanche, which buried even the Soviet Union."
Provocative analysis of how China's culture will affect that nation's current and future behavior; by Jenner (History/Australian National Univ.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 1, 1992

"Bone-chilling."
Real-life stories of 416 innocent men convicted for crimes punishable by death. Read full book review >

IZZY by Robert C. Cottrell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Well researched, but flavorless and flabby; the work seems longer than it is because Cottrell tells you everything three times. (Twelve b&w illustrations.)"
A warmly sympathetic but one-dimensional biography of the American Left's most fearlessly independent journalist. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 23, 1992

"Earnest in intent, but in logic wandering confusedly in the torn battlefields of academe."
Avoiding the explicit taking of sides in the academic war between ``radicals'' and ``conservatives,'' Graff (Humanities and English/Univ. of Chicago; Professing Literature, 1989, etc.—not reviewed) argues that everything in higher education will be fine- -in fact better than ever—if the great battle itself becomes what college students study. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 1992

"Admirable passion, then, but screwy logic."
Scathing attack on American Jews by the former editor-in-chief of Globes, Israel's leading business newspaper. Read full book review >
RUSSIA'S SECRET RULERS by Lev Timofeyev
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Not wholly persuasive, then—though Timofeyev's not alone in seeing Russia's criminal classes in the ascendant: This is also the premise, for instance, of Martin Cruz Smith's most recent novel, Red Square (p. 1085)."
An informative but confused look at the perpetuation in power of Russia's previous rulers, by one of the last dissidents to be jailed by the Gorbachev regime. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 18, 1992

"Given the current massive flux of US ethnic makeup, then: a timely work."
Thoughtful examination of ``ethnoracial'' influences on US foreign policy from colonial times onward; by DeConde (History/UC Santa Barbara; Town and Gown—ed., 1971, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 16, 1992

"Often too lenient on the Arab part in this deadly stalemate- -but a frequently convincing call for a new Middle East diplomacy, shorn of cold-war tensions and reconciling Israeli security with Palestinian desire for a homeland. (Maps & tables—not seen.)"
A sweeping indictment that claims that America's political, military, and economic ties to Israel have obstructed the path to peace and run counter to both countries' interests. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 14, 1992

"Within this long but well-told cliffhanger, Packard weaves a message: that neutrals are not mere cowardly inconveniences to the great powers, but are nations with cultures and agendas (and diplomatic know-how) of durable value. (Maps.)"
Unpretentious, well-developed history of WW II from the viewpoints of the European neutrals, by Packard (History/Univ. of Portland; Sons of Heaven, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >