Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"For any who might think race relations and conditions in African-American communities have been improving since the hard-won civil-rights victories of the 50's and 60's: a devastating, full- bodied reality check."
Hopelessness, anguish, and anger seethe through this riveting account, by Washington Post reporter McCall, of one man's roller- coaster rise from the violent, self-annihilating street life of his generation to a respectable position above the fray. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A sometimes moving, sometimes illuminating, but often unfocused commentary—one that wants to de-emphasize ideology and that applauds the skilled, imaginative teacher tuned into the potential of curious children, whatever their ethnic backgrounds."
Yet another call to retool the American classroom, but this time preceded by a thoughtful review of the historical forces at work in the schools. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Tightly knit, wide-ranging, and well researched — with Gibson's own experience as a Gunsite Ranch trainee recounted: a profoundly troubling assessment of America at risk."
Powerful, deadly trends now present in US society are traced to a loss of male self-esteem and national pride following our defeat in Vietnam — in this fluid, captivating analysis from Gibson (Sociology/California State University; The Perfect War, 1986). Read full book review >
MY TIMES by John Corry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"An absorbing memoir of a journalist's life during the best and worst of times."
A top journalist's engaging, worldly-wise account of a 35-year career in what, on the evidence of his wryly anecdotal text, comes off as the news game. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"This is Hamlet not only without the prince, but without the king as well: a singularly absurd study."
A flawed and sometimes fantastic effort to link American anti- Communism to the ``demons of the American soul,'' by Marxist psychiatrist Kovel (Social Studies/Bard; The Age of Desire, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >

DOUBLE LIVES by Stephen Koch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 24, 1994

"30's liberals."
An often fascinating—if sometimes aggravating—history that explores how the Soviet Union tried to shape Western cultural opinion in the 1920's and 1930's. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 20, 1994

"A clear, well-reasoned exposition—but more theoretical than practical, with Brown offering no real alternative to market-based thinking for analyzing the economic phenomena that will continue to dominate public debate."
Brown (Public Policy/Univ. of Maryland) offers a partisan liberal critique of our national disillusionment with public life, as well as a progressive program for renewal of confidence in government. Read full book review >
THE DRINKING LIFE by Pete Hamill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 1994

"Maybe it should have been a novel."
Earnest memoir of Hamill's drinking days as a Brooklyn youth and young reporter. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 14, 1994

"A detailed but condescending and rather dull portrait, with few insights, of a problematic time in Iran's history."
Eight conversations between the author and Mohammad Reza—Shah of Iran until 1979— as well as a record of life in an Iranian prison under the Ayatollah's regime. Read full book review >
THE AMAZONIAN CHRONICLES by Jacques Meunier
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"As lush and deadly as the Amazon it maps."
A hyperbolic paean to the Amazon rain forest: said to be a 1991 French bestseller. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE TIMES by Edwin Diamond
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >