Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Highly persuasive."
A compelling book dealing with the question of MIAs in Vietnam. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 1994

"Overdue witness, eloquent and harrowing. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A wide-angle saga that adds a chapter long missing from official and traditional histories of WW II's Pacific theater: the story of the torments endured by Allied military personnel captured when Japanese forces overran Greater East Asia. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"This portrait of an ugly marriage and a brutal, bullying sociopath is about as insightful as an afternoon talk show. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
In a tawdry account, Barbara Kuklinski describes 25 years of abuse at the hands of her husband, a convicted New Jersey hit man who claims to have killed dozens of times. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 1994

"Weaker on policy than politics, but with nuance and psychological truth."
An assessment of the first year of Bill Clinton's presidency with no major scoops but with long-term insight into Clinton's style and character. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 1994

"Steeped in thoughtful commentary and deftly written with a reporter's eye for detail, this comprehensive history is a jewel. (Author tour)"
An erudite, astute synopsis of Israel's economic, social, and political upheavals from 1987 to 1993. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"It's not the official story, and certainly not one the LAPD will be proud of. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
This gritty recounting of the Los Angeles Police Department's often ugly history goes a long way toward demonstrating the inevitability of the Rodney King beating and the ensuing riots. Read full book review >
MEA CUBA by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Would it be too much to ask of this brilliant exile that he provide the kind of profound account of Castro's Cuba that only he could give—and that he restrain his punning?"
While singularly informative, this volume of autobiographically oriented sketches of recent Cuban history and culture is, in the end, evasive. Read full book review >
ON THE EDGE by Elizabeth Drew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Drew's insightful account of an increasingly paralyzed presidency raises questions about the viability of American government that go beyond the fate of the Clinton administration."
Distinguished essayist and ``Meet the Press'' commentator Drew (Election Journal, 1989, etc.), relying heavily on firsthand interviews with senior White House officials, paints a vivid portrait of a presidency in turmoil. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Well written and thought provoking, if not totally convincing."
An entertaining addition to the growing shelf of books about the discontents of lawyers and, by implication, the rest of the citizenry who has to put up with them. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This analysis of an important American educational story is somewhat plodding and dry, but the end result is coherent and insightful."
An authoritative study of the emergence of Jewish studies on the American campus. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Some good new material on an eternally intriguing subject, marred by the unexplained absence of later KGB material and the author's readiness to embellish his tapes of Philby with lengthy conversations reconstructed from what he thinks may have occurred."
Soviet spy Kim Philby, discreet to the last, speaks at length here about his career without saying much new, but his KGB file is more revealing. Read full book review >
REDESIGNING EDUCATION by Kenneth G. Wilson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"Still another look at what's wrong with our schools, but one that that targets what makes educational reform so elusive: a continuing communications gap between the classroom teacher—the one who really matters—and the rest of the education profession."
Nobel prizewinning physicist Wilson tries to illuminate the black hole that is the American educational system. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >