Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Silverstein articulately presents a provocative theory but stretches it beyond its limits."
A neat but overbroad analysis of the current state of Supreme Court confirmation proceedings. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Exemplary reportage, essential for all those debating the future of American college education."
Eschewing hand-wringing and political rhetoric for close, critical observation, freelance journalist Traub (Too Good to Be True, 1990) delineates a unique—and uniquely representative- -institution: New York's City College. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"The religious right and true believers in Reaganomics, however, will cheer Evans on every step of the way."
Discussion of the role of religion in the formation of the Republic becomes a soapbox for right-wing reimagining of American history by the chairman of the National Journalism Center. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 26, 1994

"Unusually wise to the dodges of Washington's rich and powerful. (Author tour)"
A blistering jeremiad that gives new vibrancy to the political clichÇ that Washington is out of touch with the average American. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"Denlinger captures in equal parts the frustrating pain and the adrenaline-pumping thrill of playing college football at the highest level."
A thoughtful and compelling book following the members of a single recruiting class at Penn State's distinguished football program through their college gridiron careers. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"What could have been a dry technical and analytical study is enlivened by the immensity of the issues at stake and the extraordinary characters populating the story."
A measured account of the development of the Soviet bomb program by Holloway (Political Science/Stanford, The Soviet Union and the Arms Race, 1983) that contrives to be both technically comprehensive and gripping. Read full book review >
RUN RUN RUN by Jack Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Nevertheless, this is the forceful story of an American original."
A touching portrait of a complex and tortured soul, written by his brother. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 20, 1994

US Customs special agent Gately (aided by freelancer Fernandez) describes a sting operation that brought down two Mafia operatives and transformed them into useful turncoats for the federal Protected Witness Program. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 14, 1994

"The arguments get complicated, but this is challenging history—and a goad to clarify modern-day rhetoric."
A scholarly but resonant analysis of ``the cultural meanings of the welfare system,'' probing the mistaken assumptions behind fundamental policies forged during the 1930s. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Likewise, he fails to suggest policies for the United States that would stem the potential disaster."
An unusual, hybrid alert—part worthy analysis, part alarmist scenario—to a Canada possibly to be sundered next year by a separatist Quebec. Read full book review >
BLUEPRINT FOR A NEW JAPAN by Ichiro Ozawa
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"For certain, however, his grand design is in the self-interested tradition of an insular nation-state whose capacity to adapt has not been in serious doubt since the Meiji Restoration. (Maps)"
A master plan for an institutional makeover of Japan from a political insider whose revisionist agenda remains firmly rooted in the ruling class's long-standing preoccupation with national security. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"An absorbing study of the linkages between personal and diplomatic perspectives— illuminating as historical background in this period of European integration and diminished American power."
Harper (European Studies/Johns Hopkins; America and the Reconstruction of Italy, 1986) creatively melds biography with cultural and diplomatic history in this triptych of portraits of important architects of US policy toward Europe during the ``American Century.'' America's ``historic ambivalence'' toward Europe, the author argues, is reflected in the lives of his three subjects, each of whom decisively influenced America's European policy during and after WW II. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >