Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 500)

THE DRINKING LIFE by Pete Hamill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Maybe it should have been a novel."
Earnest memoir of Hamill's drinking days as a Brooklyn youth and young reporter. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 1994

"A detailed but condescending and rather dull portrait, with few insights, of a problematic time in Iran's history."
Eight conversations between the author and Mohammad Reza—Shah of Iran until 1979— as well as a record of life in an Iranian prison under the Ayatollah's regime. Read full book review >

THE AMAZONIAN CHRONICLES by Jacques Meunier
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"As lush and deadly as the Amazon it maps."
A hyperbolic paean to the Amazon rain forest: said to be a 1991 French bestseller. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE TIMES by Edwin Diamond
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Diamond manages to capture the varied anxieties and discontents besetting a great newspaper as it tries to keep pace."
Gossipy, albeit exhaustive and substantive, status report on the New York Times from a perceptive observer of major media who teaches journalism at NYU. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A masterful appreciation of the tangled webs woven in the cause of power politics during the early years of the cold war. (Forty-two maps and 42 illustrations—not seen)"
An informed and revelatory reappraisal of Sino-Soviet relations from the close of WW II through October 1950, when the People's Republic of China entered the Korean conflict. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Certain to grip the imagination and emotions (and to be published in both English and Spanish language editions). (First printing of 150,000; first serial rights to Vanity Fair; TV rights to Hearst Entertainment)"
If Orestes Lorenzo didn't exist, Hollywood might have had to invent him—if it dared. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A powerful tale, though diminished by sketchy, nearly slipshod, descriptions of many of its players."
A strong if not fully realized memoir of life in Vietnam—and then in America—that captures the angst of the refugee who will never be quite at home in a new country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"An absorbing matter-of-fact narrative that, for lack of interpretative perspectives, begs consequential ethical and moral questions. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen)"
An exhaustive recapitulation of how the US nailed Manuel Noriega, Panama's erstwhile strongman, on drug-trafficking and racketeering charges. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 15, 1993

"An original and devastating analysis that may have considerable political impact."
Path-breaking study by Schoenbrod (Law/New York Law School) of the pernicious effect of Congress's delegation of power to various federal agencies. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"A timely alert for anyone lulled into a false sense of security by the USSR's collapse."
A chilling report on how Western vendors have, over the past two decades, helped two of the Middle East's more unstable regimes acquire state-of-the-art arsenals. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Here, as in his earlier works, Leckie offers little that's new or profound, and no penetrating historical analysis—but, once again, he delivers a vivid, engrossing story. (Maps)"
Another colorful, absorbing historical narrative from Leckie (George Washington's War, 1992, etc.), who tells here of the territorial growth of America, as well as of the country's various wars with enemies foreign and domestic, from the early Federal period through the war with Mexico. Read full book review >
THE PALACE OF JUSTICE by Ana Carrigan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"An unsparing and convincingly documented tract that could do for Colombia what Zola's J'accuse did for France."
An expatriate journalist's vivid, authoritative, and righteously indignant account of a defining moment in the troubled, turbulent history of Colombia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >