Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The joy of this volume is that nothing in it is labored or overworked: historical overviews dovetail perfectly with a close reading of daily life, always sharply and tersely drawn and using a rich supply of material."
Beevor (The Spanish Civil War, 1983, etc.) and Cooper (editor, The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper, 1992, etc.) have created what should surely become one of the definitive works on the Paris liberation. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Though flawed, particularly by its excursions into melodrama, this remains a piercing story of strength and courage."
A gripping account of Saubin's arrest on trumped-up drug charges and her ten-year incarceration in Malaysian prisons. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Though Sidel does step beyond sound-bite reporting, fewer—and more thorough—case studies would have better explored the ironies and subtleties of this topic."
A sometimes illuminating survey of campus conflicts over bias and identity, based on interviews with 100 students, faculty, and administrators on 17 campuses. Read full book review >
THE LAST YEARS OF THE MONROE DOCTRINE, 1945-1993 by Gaddis Smith
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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The muddled historical argument about the Monroe Doctrine is redeemed by a thoughtful review of recent US policy in the Americas."
A fanciful argument that superpower rivalry in Latin America undermined and finally killed the Monroe Doctrine (which asserted American dominance in the Americas and nonintervention in Europe) as a basic feature of American foreign policy. Read full book review >
THE WIESENTHAL FILE by Alan Levy
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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Finally, he offers a guarded evaluation of Wiesenthal's role in the controversy surrounding Kurt Waldheim, suggesting that a much earlier rift between Wiesenthal and the World Jewish Congress sparked much of the name-calling directed at the veteran Nazi-hunter in recent discussions of that case."
This biography of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is so well written that it often seems like a thriller rather than a serious examination of the aftermath of the Holocaust filtered through one survivor's experience. Read full book review >

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Released: July 29, 1994

"When most readers are still surprised that the South held elections at all during its brief independent life, this book is a refreshing and provocative story that should appeal to Civil War buffs and casual readers interested in American politics."
A thoughtful and engaging study of political ethics and infighting in the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Read full book review >
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Released: July 25, 1994

"With the exception of her last tale, Iritani's narrative is a fresh and revealing approach to a now familiar theme."
A contemplative examination of Japanese-American relations on the personal level, through four stories set in a Washington State town. Read full book review >
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Released: July 21, 1994

"Deserves a wide readership. (First printing of 25,000)"
A powerful, moving account of a fledgling lawyer's struggle to stay the execution of serial killer Ted Bundy. Read full book review >
THE FIRECRACKER BOYS by Daniel T. O'Neill
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Released: July 20, 1994

"Eyebrow- and consciousness-raising at its ecological best."
The story of how we nearly Chernobylized our northwest Alaskan wilderness. Read full book review >
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Released: July 15, 1994

We'd like to believe that our highest court is an ivory tower, its members dispensing justice outside the realm of politics and power. Read full book review >
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Released: July 13, 1994

"Suspenseful and awful in its grisly details, but done with good taste and compassion."
Sanders (Fort Worth, 1984, etc.) puts the novelist's eye for detail and a sharp sense of pace to good use in this outstanding true-crime narrative about the rape and murder of a retired Oklahoma schoolteacher. Read full book review >
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Released: July 11, 1994

"The reader is left knowing immeasurably more about Moe Berg, and caring immeasurably less. (16 pages b&w photos)"
Magazine writer Dawidoff (Sports Illustrated, New Yorker, New Republic) reduces one of baseball's most colorful characters mostly to monochrome. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >