Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 500)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Perfectly nasty reading, then, for election-year cynics."
Miller (Spying for America, 1989, etc.) updates The Founding Finaglers (1976), his sharp-tongued, lively chronicle of the history of US governmental corruption from the nation's early days of embezzlement-happy colonial governors through the Teapot Dome Scandal of the Harding Administration. Read full book review >
YONDER by Jim W. Corder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Subliminal grieving for a life lived in ribs of dust."
Tobacco chaw and human weighings by a professor of English (Texas Christian Univ.) who wonders whether he exists, and who finds the greater public crises of past decades writ small in his own life. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Why not give them a helping hand?"
An exhaustively researched look at the history and political implications of legislating English as our official language. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"By no means a definitive biography, but not flack-fluff either; and, for all its slant, the most informative text available on the man who would be President. (Sixteen pages of photographs- -not seen.)"
If Clinton wins the White House, he should consider choosing as his press secretary either author of this subtle panegyric. ``This biography,'' write Allen and Portis, ``is a thorough examination of a man who dreamed of being president...from his earliest days.'' Thorough, perhaps, but also delicately biased. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >