Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 505)

DEAD END by Gary E. Goldhammer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Falls short both as narrative and as argument. (10 photos, not seen)"
A self-involved, amateurish tale of a trip into the world of capital punishment. Read full book review >
IRON HOUSE by Jerome Washington
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Righteous anger, pointed questioning, and a plaintive voice that cannot be denied—but a far cry from the rage and fury of the best prison writing."
Vignettes of prison life, as told from inside the ``big house.'' Washington, who spent 16 years in federal jails after being convicted of murder (he claimed self-defense), serves an anedcotal smorgasbord of prison life and people. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 1994

"Despite its flaws, a useful history of a relatively undercovered aspect of the Civil War. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An authoritative account from Civil War historian Davis (Jefferson Davis: The Man and His Hour, 1991) of the would-be Founding Fathers of the Confederacy. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"Only his attack on feminism, however, reaches the level of provocation we expect from Dershowitz."
In this train-of-thought collection of short essays, all previously published in newspapers or in Penthouse, the bulldog lawyer (Contrary to Popular Opinion, 1992, etc.) attacks the seemingly endless litany of new defense excuses as destroyers of the basic tenets of democracy. Read full book review >
HUGO BLACK by Roger K. Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 1994

"More than just a major contribution to Supreme Court history: a master's finely etched portrait of an American hero. (Author tour)"
A majestic biography of the man who shed his Ku Klux Klan robes to become one of the most influential and liberal justices in Supreme Court history. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 6, 1994

"An imperfect but riveting inside view of Germany's neo-Nazi movement and the dangers it presents. (Author tour)"
The story of an Israeli Jew's experiences as a mole inside Germany's radical right. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 1994

A ho-hum digest of 100 Bill of Rights cases decided by justices Brennan and Rehnquist along predictable ideological lines. ``This is not an insider's account,'' warns Irons (Political Science/Univ. of California, San Diego; The Courage of Their Convictions, 1988, etc.) in his preface. ``I did not interview either justice for this book. Read full book review >
BLACKS AND JEWS by Paul Berman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A worthwhile addition to the reference shelf of volumes that debate contentious ethnic issues but proffer no solutions."
This angst-ridden compilation of essays reviews the last 30 years of intellectual cogitation about relations between blacks and Jews. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Judicious and well researched, the volume presents a good opening in the reappraisal of Johnson and his administration."
A convincing reassessment of Lyndon Johnson's foreign policy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Bell's clearly written jeremiad, with its moving portrait of the author as exemplary protester, will inspire new examinations of struggles in our citadels of power—perhaps even new protests there. (Author tour)"
A leading African-American scholar of the law, known for decrying the underrepresentation of minorities in the academy, reflects on protest and race in America. Read full book review >
SERVING IN SILENCE by Margarethe Cammermeyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite coauthor Fisher's somewhat repetitive style, the book has a power that brings readers along on this courageous soldier's journey. (16 pages of b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Jacob Marley's injunction that we all bear the chains we forge in life could be the lesson of Cammermeyer's life story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >