Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 505)

ONE OF THE FAMILY by Wendy W. Fairey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A graceful and moving personal examination. (Photographs.)"
Fairey's primary (and mild) claim to fame is that her mother was Sheilah Graham, Hollywood gossip columnist and lover of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1992

"A partisan but restrained account; we are unlikely to see a better one."
A journalist's excellent history of the Nicaraguan civil war. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"Essential reading for all those who care about South Africa and its neighbors."
In a lively and carefully reasoned analysis, Mallaby, the Economist's Africa correspondent, offers a cautiously optimistic prognosis for postapartheid South Africa. Read full book review >
OWEN LATTIMORE AND THE 'LOSS' OF CHINA by Robert P. Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thought-provoking intellectual cliffhanger about a man whose thinking was ahead of his time—and who paid for it. (Fourteen photographs, two maps—not seen.)"
Well-done study of a distinguished victim of the McCarthy era, by Newman (The Cold War Romance of Lillian Hellman and John Melby, 1989; Rhetoric/Univ. of Pittsburgh). Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1992

"A well-written study that penetrates deeply into the psyche of modern-day India."
Veteran BBC-correspondent Tully (coauthor, India: Forty Years of Independence, 1988) draws upon a lifetime of living in India as he illuminates some of the many complex issues facing the subcontinent nation. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1992

"An entertaining chronicle of the consummation of the unholy alliance of Madison Avenue, Hollywood, and politics. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs.)"
A colorful account of California's 1934 gubernatorial race, a forerunner of today's high-decibel, high-tech electioneering. Read full book review >
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Released: April 1, 1992

"Disappointing. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Women spies—often notoriously glamorous and driven as much by the thrills as the cause—have customarily used seduction to get what they want. Read full book review >
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Released: March 27, 1992

"Frankland conveys the real tragedy enveloping Eastern Europe without closing his eyes or stumbling over the contradictions."
A whirlwind tour of Communist Europe during the last year of Communism, narrated with insight and restraint by English journalist and novelist Frankland (Richard Robertovich, 1988; Khrushchev, 1967). ``The tragedy of East Europe,'' according to Frankland, ``was that there were decent men among those who imposed Communism, and that it took so long for them to understand that they had taken a wrong turning to the promised land.'' Such understanding was bought at a high price: According to the author, ruined economies, ravaged landscapes, widespread disease, and chronic despair seem to be the only legacies of the old regimes now that the statues have come down and the streets have been renamed. Read full book review >
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Released: March 26, 1992

The unnerving tale of Al Smith, a Fort Lauderdale police detective who went undercover as a hit man for hire, as told by crime writer McDonald (Blue Truth, 1991). Read full book review >
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Released: March 23, 1992

"Noteworthy, but repetitive and rarely catching fire."
Richly researched broadside against the FBI's invasion of the rights of US writers to think for themselves; by the co-author of the Edgar-winning Savage Grace (1985). Read full book review >
HOW WE SURVIVED COMMUNISM AND EVEN LAUGHED by Slavenka Drakulic
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Released: March 23, 1992

"A sometimes sad, sometimes witty book that conveys more about politics in Eastern Europe than any number of theoretical political analyses."
A poignant and truthful look at what living under Communism was really like, by Croatian journalist and novelist Drakuli. Read full book review >
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Released: March 20, 1992

"A curate's egg of a book."
A fitfully enlightening exploration of the political transformation of the former Soviet satellites, by Goldfarb (Political and Social Science/New School for Social Research). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >