Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 500)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 20, 1992

"Though Stone sometimes seems to prefer quick judgment to deep analysis, he presents a compelling picture of a major shift in worldview among development agencies and their clients, one that may result in a healthier planet."
Stone (a consultant on environmental issues at the Council on Foreign Relations) explicates sustainable growth, a ``hot topic'' in relations between rich and poor nations. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 17, 1992

"Not new (and for a more perceptive report, see Edward B. Fiske's Smart Schools, Smart Kids, 1991), and repetitious at times, but, still, an upbeat, child-centered view of bright spots in American education."
Wood (Education/Ohio Univ.) visits schools and classrooms that are concerned with teaching children, not with satisfying bureaucrats. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 16, 1992

"A powerful biography—critical but sympathetic—of a driven man whose dark side permeates the narrative. (Thirty-six photographs—not seen.)"
An unsparing profile of James Forrestal (1892-1949), Secretary of the Navy under Truman, by Hoopes (The Devil and John Foster Dulles, 1973, etc.) and Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 16, 1992

"Richly served up and dotted with absurd moments as the fat cats go free and the feds eat their shoes. (Eight pages of b&w photographs.)"
Absorbing story of how the FBI developed a new mode of attack on the New Jersey crime family—and then failed to make its case in court. Read full book review >
FANNY FERN by Joyce W. Warren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 1992

"Fern's experiences, evoked here in lively and engaging prose, should provide inspiration for those who follow. (Twenty-one b&w illustrations.)"
Warren (English/Queens College) performs a true literary service here by re-creating the life of America's first female newspaper columnist—a witty, brave, and defiant writer whose life proves both inspirational and heartening even now. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 3, 1992

"Readers interested in the extraordinary events of 1989 would do better to look at Mark Frankland's The Patriots' Revolution (reviewed above)."
A rather dry account of the failure of Communism in Eastern Europe, told by an expatriate Romanian academic (Political Science/Univ. of Maryland)—long on background, well documented, but plodding as narrative. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 3, 1992

"There is a difference between intelligence and voyeurism'')—but the tone of tolerant amusement removes any sense of urgency; in fact, one might see this study as a subtle apologia for agencies that sometimes defy Congress and act with little control."
Intelligence gathering explained and critiqued by Codevilla (Senior Research Fellow/Hoover Institution). Read full book review >
FREE SPEECH IN AN OPEN SOCIETY by Rodney A. Smolla
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 2, 1992

"An excellent and important work."
A superb exposition of the significance of free speech and an analysis of how to preserve it in our increasingly complex society. Read full book review >
I DWELL IN POSSIBILITY by Toni McNaron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"Thin in spots, but, still, an engrossing and sensitive memoir that moves along at the swift pace of a well-written novel. (Eight b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The thoughtful autobiography of a white lesbian who grew up in Alabama, where she grappled with the complexities of the pre-civil- rights era and her own emerging sexuality. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1992

"A controversial mix of history and opinion that's both timely and noteworthy."
An Israeli insider's insightful account of 44 years of deadly superpower intrigue, inevitable Arab-Israeli wars, and elusive attempts at peace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"An agenda-driven play-by-play that's told too far from the heat of the field."
Weighted report on the 1990 Democratic campaigns of Ann Richards, who won the statehouse in Texas, and Dianne Feinstein, who lost it in California; by the author of Fanny Wright: Rebel in America (not reviewed). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1992

"There's much fresh material here, but it needs to be teased out from a difficult text. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Informative but overworked account of the modern-day United States Marshals Service, by Sabbag (Snowblind, 1990—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >