Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 18, 1995

"Shvets generates interest only when detailing the daily, tedious routines and machinations of undercover spy work."
A former KGB operative offers a melodramatic and often portentous account of his ``spy'' activities while attached to the Soviet embassy in Washington, D.C. Shvets arrived in Washington in 1985, supposedly as a correspondent for the Soviet news agency Tass. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 1995

"Close to being a sermon, but redeemed by its brisk and lively style."
From President Carter's secretary of health, education, and welfare, a clarion call for a cultural revolution in how we think about health. Read full book review >

THE TWILIGHT OF DEMOCRACY by Patrick E. Kennon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 12, 1995

"But his is a technocratic vision of national well-being."
A former CIA analyst hunts unsuccessfully for the reason why, if democracy seems so triumphant in the wake of communism's collapse, democratic nations such as the US, Japan, Germany, and the UK are suffering from angst and domestic discord. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY ON TRIAL by Jean Bethke Elshtain
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"But seldom have the sources of democracy and its discontents been described with such philosophical passion and insight."
Political philosopher Elshtain presents a lucid admonition that the frayed bonds of civility are leading to almost unbearable stress on America's democratic experiment. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 1995

"Although Kagan restricts his study too much by examining only a small number of wars drawn solely from the Western experience, he presents a soberly realistic, thoughtful, and well-written look at the human race's oldest scourge."
By examining the causes of specific ancient and modern wars, Kagan tries to determine the underlying reasons for war in general. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A rare work that successfully distills a whole philosophical debate into a few accessible pages."
A crisp and spirited argument for the near-total separation of church and state, by a former New York federal judge (Partisan Justice, 1980). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"His book is most likely to be read by Democrats, but its lessons should be taken to heart by all who care about our nation's future. (Author tour)"
President Clinton's pollster charts a course for US politics through the current turbulent period and beyond. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"This brave piece of social criticism answers Lasch's critics with a message so simple and obvious, it's sublime. (First serial to Harper's)"
A sure sign that Lasch's latest (and, sadly, last) book deserves wide acclaim is that it will infuriate those who cling to conventional notions of left and right. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Like the curate's egg, good in parts."
An East German psychotherapist explores, in an occasionally affecting way, the experience of living within a totalitarian system. Read full book review >
RAJIV GANDHI AND RAMA'S KINGDOM by Ved Mehta
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Mehta's innocent faith in market forces and progress make a complicated story meaningful but also perpetuate Western anxieties about the alien, unpredictable, and menacing character of modern India. (3 illustrations, not seen)"
Essays (most originally published in the New Yorker) providing a lucid account of the chaotic course of Indian politics since 1982. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Almost certainly the best book on this subject that we are likely to see."
This account of the Cambridge Spy Ring is so knowledgeable and full of insight that it sweeps the competition from the field. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A more lively tale of early Clintonism than some of the recent overviews."
A nifty case study of the tangled trail—from policy idea to law—of the bill that established the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, the program known as AmeriCorps. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >