Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 1992

"Popular history of a high order, on a subject of great contemporary significance."
An excellent history of Arab culture and politics, emphasizing modern manifestations of traditional behavior, by Mackey (Lebanon, 1989). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 1992

"A case study in how determination, dedication, and a good cause can bring about social and educational innovation."
Who would think that a story of 25 years of bureaucratic struggle could be so interesting? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Witty and readable, if never impertinent. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Likable memoirs of a newshound and well-known editor, today best-remembered for helming the Atlantic Monthly. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Whether nonspecialists will take much interest in Gray's informed—albeit donnish and often murky—analyses, though, is quite another story."
A think-tank intellectual's persuasive, if tedious, reminder that sea power confers decisive military superiority—even in an era marked by advances in aerospace, ballistic, electronic, nuclear, submarine, and allied technologies. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An exciting, intelligent, well-written football book that brings a classic game to pulse-quickening life with the immediacy of today's sports pages. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A smashing retelling of the fabled Notre Dame-Michigan State game that ended in a 10-10 tie and decided the 1966 national championship. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A warm and fitting tribute that provides an excellent examination of the development of Marshall's jurisprudence. (Twenty-four pages of photographs—not seen.)"
An affectionate and engaging biography of the ``rumpled bear of a man'' who served as the liberal conscience of the Supreme Court, and as its first African-American justice, from 1967 until his retirement last year. Read full book review >
DEAN ACHESON by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Even Acheson, for all his crustiness, would have respected the clear, concise writing and objectivity of this fine political biography. (Twenty illustrations—not seen.)"
Cool, lucid account of the later years of a towering cold-war figure; by Brinkley (History/Hofstra Univ.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Methodically weak, but, still, a good overview of prevention and treatment efforts."
Enthusiastic and well-researched but flawed survey of drug- prevention programs. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A strong antidote to ethnic scapegoating and quick-fix thinking about trade imbalances."
Expert analysis of evolving US/Asia economic and cultural realities, by Gibney (Asian Editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica; Miracle by Design, 1982, etc.). Read full book review >
THE IMMOBILE EMPIRE by Alain Peyrefitte
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"But while Peyrefitte's nearly day-by-day account will fascinate Sinologists and students of East-West affairs, it may prove too detailed for the average reader. (Sixteen pages of full-color illustrations and six maps—not seen.)"
A painstakingly researched, gracefully written, but far too leisurely account of the misadventures of an 18th-century British royal delegation to the Celestial Court of the Chinese Emperor Qianlong. Read full book review >
IN MY PLACE by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)"
From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Lack of historical perspective and of a serious overarching view of the international intelligence community doom this cheery bureaucratic tale to mediocrity. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Authorized history of the CIA, by Kessler (Escape from the CIA, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >