Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 500)

COP TALK by E.W. Count
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Still, might please hard-core cop buffs."
Uncensored oral accounts of detectives from the various units and precincts of the New York City Police Department that reveal the wide range of personalities who serve ``the world's most diversified menu of victims.'' Journalist/novelist Count's (The Hundred Percent Squad, 1990) collection of NYPD ``war stories'' are bracketed by her often banal and intermittently helpful commentary. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

Hofstadter's (Temperaments, 1992) account of being on the trail of fraud in the international antiquities trade is as full of intrigue, shady characters, and exotic hotel lobbies as the latest spy thriller. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A useful introduction to some of the obstacles gay teachers face, but this subject merits much livelier treatment."
A book devoted to the experiences of lesbian and gay teachers and the innumerable pressures on them to remain closeted. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"The book could use more edge, both in its prose and its attitude toward experts, but it should aid anybody engaged with this vital issue. (Author tour)"
A thoughtful, evenhanded, and accessible mix of reporting and analysis concerning population control, by the diplomatic correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This is a shame, for there is undoubtedly an interesting backstage story here—but one that needs a light, acerbic touch to bring it to life."
The story of the tortuous negotiations between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the two Koreas over the staging of the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul takes the reader into the heart of Cold War politics in all its paranoid splendor. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Mainly for students and policy wonks."
A pointed reinterpretation of the history of antipoverty policy, arguing that racism most explains why our welfare state is feeble compared with other industrialized nations. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A good yarn with an appealing protagonist that inspires sadness for the Peruvian people and much distaste for their government. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A memorable report of a monthlong 1992 expedition to Peru, featuring daring, drugs, and despotism. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Japan."
A decidedly schizophrenic examination of changing attitudes towards work, family, and the status of women in modern Japan. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Until we know whether and how Hanan Ashrawi will contribute to the humanitarian nature of a possible Palestinian state, any biography of her, particularly one as lacking in historical and biographical depth as Victor's, is premature."
A superficial, unreliable profile of the PLO's often articulate, photogenic spokesperson during part of the Intifada, and particularly during the Madrid and Washington negotiations with Israel (199193). Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Steele is better on contemporary events than on history, and better on politics than on society at large, but his deep knowledge of Russia over the last three decades gives his conclusions great and worrisome authority."
An informed and gloomy appraisal of the prospects for democracy in Russia from the longtime Moscow corespondent of the (Manchester) Guardian, who concludes that the present political system may be one of the many revolutions from above in Russian history that end in failure. Read full book review >
THE ANTI-EGOTIST by Paul Fussell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Despite the oddities in diction and tone, Fussell is the perfect match for his subject — witty, thoughtful, brief, and, not least of it, accurate."
Fussell (Bad, 1991, etc.) certainly has come a long way from his early work as a conventional literary scholar. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"Kaufman comes across as a blend of science fetishist, free- market wonk, and immense sour grape—his good points sadly lost in the blather."
In classic jilted-lover style, former environmental activist Kaufman (The Beaches Are Moving, 1979) levels some sharp and deserving criticisms at the environmental movement, but loses credibility when he just can't find one good word for his former partner. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >