Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 500)

Released: April 26, 1993

"Lovers of brainy but big-shouldered undercover ops won't be disappointed."
Burly, door-smashing story of Tripodi's 27 years undercover as a crime-fighter and covert operator, told with the help of thriller-writer DeSario (Sanctuary, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 1993

"Thoughtful observations on a crucial sector of the geopolitical landscape from a good soldier who, for credible reasons, believes he was shot in the back."
An engrossing memoir-cum-critique from a former civil servant who for nearly ten years played a key, if generally low-profile, role in America's national-security bureaucracy. Read full book review >

Released: April 19, 1993

"Revisionist perspectives that shed new light on an American institution unlikely to reappraise, let alone critique, its performance during a watershed era. (Maps—not seen.)"
A tellingly detailed overview that casts a cold eye on the US media's vaunted role in the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO STAYED BEHIND by Sidney Rittenberg
Released: April 19, 1993

"The gripping saga of an expatriate whose extraordinary experiences left him without illusions about Marxism—but with his personal ideals triumphantly intact. (Eight pages of b&w photographs, one map—not seen)"
The dramatic odyssey of an American who cast his lot with mainland China's Communists following WW II—and who lived to regret it. Read full book review >
Released: April 14, 1993

"A thinking person's guide to the challenging world ahead."
Perceptive takes on the "postcapitalist" era, which, according to Drucker (Managing for the Future, 1992, etc.), got under way shortly after WW II. Read full book review >

Released: April 13, 1993

"Unlikely to change the minds of hard-liners on either side of the gun debate; but, still, a fascinating study of the practical application of political power."
Beginning with the story of ``Eddie'' Purdy, who killed five children in a California schoolyard and then turned his AK-47 assault rifle on himself, Davidson (Broken Heartland, 1990) writes what at first seems an emotional antigun tract. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 1993

"A masterful, if dour, synthesis. (First serial to World Monitor)"
A brilliant and principled analysis of the perilous state of a fractious world as it approaches another millennium. Read full book review >
Released: April 8, 1993

"His book reads so fluently it almost compensates for Thompson's lousy recent work. (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
The third in a recent spate of unauthorized biographies of outlaw journalist Hunter Thompson, this is hands-down the best— most balanced in its assessment of both the writer and his era, and better written and more deeply researched than either Paul Perry's Fear and Loathing or Jean E. Carroll's Hunter (both 1992). Read full book review >
Released: April 7, 1993

"A lively polemic that highlights some important issues for the 90's and that seems more or less in step with the beliefs of the man at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."
A primer on how to move from the ``me generation'' (castigated by Etzioni in An Immodest Agenda, 1982) to the ``we generation.'' The text doubles as a manifesto for the Communitarian movement, which Etzioni helped found in 1991 and which he heavily promotes here as an antidote to many of the ills of the permissive 70's and 80's. Read full book review >
LOVE'S BLOOD by Clark Howard
Released: April 7, 1993

"A rich mix of sex and blood with eroticism too strong for any Amy Fisher-type TV miniseries—though it's a Drew Barrymore natural. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
Deeply engaging tale of a teenager who may—or may not—have helped kill her parents. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 1993

"A challenging work that, by extrapolation, speaks to our current economic problems."
A fresh and provocative take on the economic reformism of the 1930's. Read full book review >
FROM YALE TO JAIL by David Dellinger
Released: April 1, 1993

"At times more rambling than riveting; still, overall, an open, inspiring chronicle, a personal history of more than half a century of dissent in America. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A thorough, thoughtful memoir of a lifetime of service to the principles of nonviolence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >