Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Awash with lengthy digressions, but Will's argument is clear and persuasive nonetheless."
Will (Suddenly, 1990, etc.) weighs in for term limits as the answer to congressional careerism and public disgust. ``A permanent class of career legislators is inherently inimical to limited government,'' says Will in this carefully argued and historically grounded work. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 5, 1992

"Nonetheless, an important book, likely to generate intense discussion."
Furious blast at anti-Semitism and the liberals who tolerate it. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"Good reading for those enamored of the Washington scene."
More than just an antipundit screed: freelance writer Alterman puts punditry in perspective, giving a history of its development and analyzing its current effect on politics. Read full book review >
THE ISLAMIC THREAT by John L. Esposito
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A much-needed and highly accessible account of an ancient and widespread culture too often presented only in terms of villainous stereotypes."
Holy Cross professor (Middle East Studies) and State Department consultant Esposito calls for a more balanced and informed view of the Muslim world. Read full book review >
A CHORUS OF STONES by Susan Griffin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Somber, elliptical, and defeatist—certainly less than such a study might have been."
Griffin (Made from this Earth, 1983; Pornography and Silence, 1981, etc.) turns her thoughtful if chronically depressed gaze to the relationship between secrecy and violence, both in the world and in personal relationships. ``I cannot be certain how far back in human history the habit of denial can be traced,'' writes Griffin. ``But it is at least as old as I am.'' Beginning, then, with the birth of modern warfare in this century, she proceeds to interweave tales of evil made possible by governmental lies and secrets with personal recollections of the toxic falsehoods maintained by her own and others' families. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Funny, fair-minded, and refreshingly novel in finding contemporary relevance in a pol long dismissed as an anachronism of the boss era. (Black-and-white photographs—not seen.)"
A delightful and shrewd biography of four-time Boston Mayor James Michael Curley, the sinner-saint whose ``shamrock politics'' made his Irish-Catholic supporters cheer and his WASP opponents sputter with rage for half a century. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lacking in original insights, but, still, a well-intentioned and thoroughly researched introduction to a painful subject."
An in-depth analysis of the print media's handling of sex crimes. Read full book review >
CAULDRON OF TURMOIL by Barry Rubin
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Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"More a well-informed journalistic account of a recent crisis than a penetrating analysis."
From Middle East expert Rubin (Istanbul Intrigues, 1989, etc.): a policy history of the Gulf War, concentrating on the misconceptions and political climate that led to, and took place behind, the day-to-day events of the conflict. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But Brown got his book, and it's excellent. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
All and everything about Florida State's 1991 football season, by USA Today writer/editor Brown. Read full book review >
NOFZIGER by Lyn Nofziger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A partisan, mean-spirited, but sharply observed view of a fascinating political era."
Republican Party heavyweight Nofziger's political memoir details Ronald Reagan's rise from perceived joke to popular President, and Nofziger's role in that rise. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Barber (Political Science/Rutgers Univ.; Liberating Feminism, 1974, etc.) tries to steer a middle course between radical democratic reformers of higher education and equally radical defenders of traditional pedagogy by linking the well-publicized crisis in higher education to a deeper crisis in American democracy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >