Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Persuasively argued and thoroughly documented, this is clearly no mere set of unfounded allegations."
A detailed investigation of the extent to which American universities, Harvard and Yale in particular, collaborated with government intelligence agencies in monitoring and suppressing political dissent in the early cold war period. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Gibbering horrors brought to heel, secrets of the serial- killer unveiled: a true-crime bonanza, though a bit more self- introspection would have iced the cake. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The FBI agent who coined the term ``serial killer'' boasts about his exploits—and for good reason. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Still, a sound—if guarded and dense—call to reason about the new balance in US-European relations."
Authoritative analysis of how to relate to the powerhouse that is Europe today, by Treverton (Senior Fellow/Council on Foreign Relations; Covert Action, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
HILL RAT by John L. Jackley
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"The same could be said of the author."
Brittle exposÇ of Congress by a former aide to three Democratic congressmen. Read full book review >
ONLY ONE WORLD by Gerard Piel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Published in conjunction with the UN Conference on Environment and Development, Piel's scenario depends on much human goodwill and longer-range self-interest—and wouldn't that be nice?"
Saturated with facts but consistently engaging and readable, Piel's prescription for global salvation marshals history, anthropology, economics, and ecology to demonstrate the measures necessary to create an equitable and sustainable economy—one that's capable of absorbing a final doubling of the world's human population. Read full book review >

THE CONSERVATIVE CRACK-UP by Jr. Tyrrell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Tyrrell has a lot to say about virtually everything under the American political sun, and much of what he says is noteworthy; but some judicious editing would have pruned his more prickly pontifications."
The founder of The American Spectator and author of The Liberal Crack-Up (1984), etc., widens the scope of his satiric fire to include his fellow conservatives. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >