Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 502)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 11, 1992

"A significant study."
A penetrative and timely analysis of the postwar history of Communism, by Ulam (Director, Russian Research Center/Harvard; Dangerous Relations, 1983, etc.). Read full book review >
ROGUE WARRIOR by Richard Marcinko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 1992

"Profane and asking no quarter: the real nitty-gritty, bloody and authentic. (Eight-page photo insert—not seen.)"
The stormy career of a top Navy SEAL hotspur. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1992

"Distinctly middle-drawer files—but still a generous bonanza for crime buffs, presented by one of the sharpest writers in the field."
Slightly blurred carbon copy of The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Buchanan's riveting 1987 report on crimes she'd covered during her nearly 20 years as a Pulitzer-winning reporter for The Miami Herald. Read full book review >
MY CHICAGO by Jane Byrne
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A compelling account of modern urban politics, from one who was there. (Photographs—not seen.)"
In an engaging and readable work of history and autobiography, Chicago's first woman mayor reflects on the history of her city and of her tenure. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE WIND by Roberta Ostroff
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A solid if not profound biography of a remarkable woman whose life story has been sorely neglected. (Two eight-page photo inserts—not seen.)"
Free-lance journalist Ostroff (Rolling Stone, Reader's Digest, etc.) offers an engaging biography of feisty combat reporter/photographer Dickey Chapelle—the first American woman journalist killed in action. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Still, the author excels at factual accounts, and this could be grist for a TV movie. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A meticulous but flat case is made here for a wrongful first- degree murder conviction. Read full book review >
ONLY MAN IS VILE by William McGowan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"McGowan has done his homework, offering instructive insights into Third World politics gone mad."
An exhaustive treatment, in the manner of a grim travelogue, of the ongoing Sri Lankan civil war. Read full book review >
TERESITA by John O’Brien
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Builds to a strong climax while undermining skepticism."
Fascinating Chicago murder procedural resolved by a voice from the afterlife, told here by the two Chicago reporters who first broke the story. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"A solid journalistic contribution to one of the enduring controversies in cold war spookery, with close attention paid to the byzantine mind-games that the CIA waged against its enemy and, ultimately, its own staff. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
This Kafkaesque chronicle from CIA maven and novelist Wise (The Samarkand Dimension, 1987; The Children's Game, 1983, etc.) might just as easily be titled Damage: damage to an agency's morale, to its officers and their families, to civil liberties, and ultimately to US military and foreign policy in some of the hottest years of the cold war. Read full book review >
MOB GIRL by Teresa Carpenter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Carpenter adeptly lays out a tremendous amount of information, but in the end it's the bleakness of the picture that overwhelms: the sexism, small-mindedness, and addiction to excitement that characterize life in the mob. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The consummately unglamourous life and times of a Mafia moll turned informant, by the author of Missing Beauty (1988). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Unfocused and as much about Scarborough's milieu as the man himself, but still a colorful rendering of the hard men (and women) who thrived on the frontier. (Photos.)"
The life and times of one of the more modest frontier gunmen, and his sizable role in the taming of the New Mexico and Arizona Territories, by Wild West biographer DeArment (Knights of the Green Cloth, 1982—not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1992

"A marvelous evocation, related with Twain-like skill, of a recent past so utterly vanished as to seem ancient."
Autobiographical tales, told with elegant simplicity, of a boyhood spent among the rocky bluffs and woods of Cherokee country. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >