Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 27, 1992

"An informed and informative appreciation of an influential industry."
From a veteran pollster, a thoughtful overview of public- opinion research and of those who helped make it a sociopolitical force in the US. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 23, 1992

"Ultimately, we feel like tourists who have been on an interesting trip but do not deeply understand where it is we have been."
Since the mid-1970's, southern Africa has been engulfed in bloody conflict. Read full book review >

FORESTS by Robert Pogue Harrison
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 1992

"Harrison's original and perspicacious excavation brings cultural resonance and suggestive thought to today's ecological issues. (Eight halftones—not seen.)"
A thoughtful consideration by Harrison (French and Italian Literature/Stanford) of the role that forests have played in the cultural imagination of the West. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 1992

"A skillful and captivating account."
How the freedom movements in black America and India joined hands before the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., and marched together into the heart of the 20th century. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >