Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 501)

BEHIND THE TIMES by Edwin Diamond
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Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Diamond manages to capture the varied anxieties and discontents besetting a great newspaper as it tries to keep pace."
Gossipy, albeit exhaustive and substantive, status report on the New York Times from a perceptive observer of major media who teaches journalism at NYU. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A masterful appreciation of the tangled webs woven in the cause of power politics during the early years of the cold war. (Forty-two maps and 42 illustrations—not seen)"
An informed and revelatory reappraisal of Sino-Soviet relations from the close of WW II through October 1950, when the People's Republic of China entered the Korean conflict. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Certain to grip the imagination and emotions (and to be published in both English and Spanish language editions). (First printing of 150,000; first serial rights to Vanity Fair; TV rights to Hearst Entertainment)"
If Orestes Lorenzo didn't exist, Hollywood might have had to invent him—if it dared. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"A powerful tale, though diminished by sketchy, nearly slipshod, descriptions of many of its players."
A strong if not fully realized memoir of life in Vietnam—and then in America—that captures the angst of the refugee who will never be quite at home in a new country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"An absorbing matter-of-fact narrative that, for lack of interpretative perspectives, begs consequential ethical and moral questions. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen)"
An exhaustive recapitulation of how the US nailed Manuel Noriega, Panama's erstwhile strongman, on drug-trafficking and racketeering charges. Read full book review >

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Released: Dec. 15, 1993

"An original and devastating analysis that may have considerable political impact."
Path-breaking study by Schoenbrod (Law/New York Law School) of the pernicious effect of Congress's delegation of power to various federal agencies. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"A timely alert for anyone lulled into a false sense of security by the USSR's collapse."
A chilling report on how Western vendors have, over the past two decades, helped two of the Middle East's more unstable regimes acquire state-of-the-art arsenals. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Here, as in his earlier works, Leckie offers little that's new or profound, and no penetrating historical analysis—but, once again, he delivers a vivid, engrossing story. (Maps)"
Another colorful, absorbing historical narrative from Leckie (George Washington's War, 1992, etc.), who tells here of the territorial growth of America, as well as of the country's various wars with enemies foreign and domestic, from the early Federal period through the war with Mexico. Read full book review >
THE PALACE OF JUSTICE by Ana Carrigan
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Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"An unsparing and convincingly documented tract that could do for Colombia what Zola's J'accuse did for France."
An expatriate journalist's vivid, authoritative, and righteously indignant account of a defining moment in the troubled, turbulent history of Colombia. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 29, 1993

Move over, Mata Hari: Here are the wild—if nearly incredible- -adventures of a new Jane Bond, told with the help of Schwarz (Walking with the Damned, 1991, etc.). ``He held my face in his hands and kissed me—my first kiss....`Be with me,' he whispered.'' The amorous ``he'' is none other than Fidel Castro, flush from conquering Cuba seven weeks earlier but not too busy to notice the pretty 19-year-old visiting Havana with her father. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 23, 1993

"Told through a film of ice—but may Saroyan's success here not trap him exclusively in the true-crime genre. (Photographs—not seen)"
Knife-edged retelling of a killing in California's ritzy residential country club Rancho Mirage, in which the sadistic victim heedlessly orchestrates his own murder by way of his mentally troubled wife. Read full book review >
INTERWOVEN DESTINIES by Henry G. Cisneros
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Released: Nov. 22, 1993

"The value here isn't so much for new ideas and directions or detailed blueprints as for the informed overview and validation of the policy position: that both justice and national survival require a leveling of the playing field between ailing cities and parasitic suburbs."
Urban experts survey the crisis in our cities—in 13 essays and a series of recommendations that emphasize the interwoven destinies of city and suburb, city and nation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >