Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 500)

BREAKING BLUE by Timothy Egan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 1992

"Egan rises into the Most Wanted group of true-crime writers with this smoothly told, exciting account."
Powerhouse story of an iconoclastic sheriff who cracked through 54 years of police coverups and solved the oldest open murder case in the country. Read full book review >
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Released: May 4, 1992

"Still, a provocative and sobering assessment of how self-government's reach can exceed its grasp."
An angry inquiry into the putative decline of democracy in the US. Read full book review >

FORTY DAYS by Bob Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 1992

"The involving testament of a man who's been to the brink and learned that the abyss does indeed stare back."
An affecting first-person account of the ordeal endured by one of the most celebrated casualties of the Persian Gulf War. Read full book review >
PACIFIC RIFT by Michael Lewis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

An inquiry into sociological divergences that, for all its apparent artlessness and deceptive brevity, goes a long way toward explaining precisely what strains the commercial ties that still bind the US and Japan. Read full book review >
INSTINCT FOR SURVIVAL by II Hoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1992

"Able writing, but hobbled by uncertain focus. (Five illustrations.)"
Rambling essays on the author's character formation as he was reared in the South, and on the meaning of masculinity, inner life in the military, and his way of writing essays. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1992

"He offers a rich and fascinating history, essential for any understanding of modern Africa's troubles—and a welcome contrast to the blame-the-Africans-for-their-problems books that have proliferated in the past decade."
For 40 years, Davidson (Can Africa Survive?, 1974, etc.) has fought to secure Africa's place in world history. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Persuasively argued and thoroughly documented, this is clearly no mere set of unfounded allegations."
A detailed investigation of the extent to which American universities, Harvard and Yale in particular, collaborated with government intelligence agencies in monitoring and suppressing political dissent in the early cold war period. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Gibbering horrors brought to heel, secrets of the serial- killer unveiled: a true-crime bonanza, though a bit more self- introspection would have iced the cake. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The FBI agent who coined the term ``serial killer'' boasts about his exploits—and for good reason. Read full book review >
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Still, a sound—if guarded and dense—call to reason about the new balance in US-European relations."
Authoritative analysis of how to relate to the powerhouse that is Europe today, by Treverton (Senior Fellow/Council on Foreign Relations; Covert Action, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
HILL RAT by John L. Jackley
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"The same could be said of the author."
Brittle exposÇ of Congress by a former aide to three Democratic congressmen. Read full book review >
ONLY ONE WORLD by Gerard Piel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Published in conjunction with the UN Conference on Environment and Development, Piel's scenario depends on much human goodwill and longer-range self-interest—and wouldn't that be nice?"
Saturated with facts but consistently engaging and readable, Piel's prescription for global salvation marshals history, anthropology, economics, and ecology to demonstrate the measures necessary to create an equitable and sustainable economy—one that's capable of absorbing a final doubling of the world's human population. Read full book review >
THE CONSERVATIVE CRACK-UP by Jr. Tyrrell
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Released: May 1, 1992

"Tyrrell has a lot to say about virtually everything under the American political sun, and much of what he says is noteworthy; but some judicious editing would have pruned his more prickly pontifications."
The founder of The American Spectator and author of The Liberal Crack-Up (1984), etc., widens the scope of his satiric fire to include his fellow conservatives. 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 >