Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

WHAT I SAW by Joseph Roth
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"Poignant and prescient. (35 b&w photos)"
Evocative pieces about life in interbellum Berlin by a Jewish journalist and fiction writer (The Collected Stories of Joseph Roth, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
I REFUSE TO DIE by Koigi Wa Wamwere
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Nonetheless, a terrifying work of enormous importance that contrasts humanity with bestiality, dignity with depravity."
Human rights activist Wa Wamwere relates in harrowing detail the repeated incarcerations, tortures, and terrors inflicted upon him and his family by Kenya's oppressive regimes. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Memorable and remarkable, as true-edged and dangerous as a brand-new stiletto."
Sprawling, lacerating account of the drug war along the Mexican border, which is nothing but a slow-motion holocaust, according to veteran nonfiction author Bowden (Blues for Cannibals, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
THE LION’S GRAVE by Jon Lee Anderson
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An important and eminently readable account from the heart of chaos."
Intense, immediate reporting from the front lines in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"Still, a first-rate true-crime story that gets inside the shadowy—and astoundingly average—world of spooks, moles, and ops."
A solidly paced, richly detailed account, by intelligence-community insider Wise (Cassidy's Run, 2000, etc.), of the FBI desk jockey who sold secrets to the Soviet and Russian governments for two decades—and came close to getting away with it. Read full book review >

CRAZE by Jessica Warner
Released: Oct. 21, 2002

"Social history at its gimlet-eyed best. (Illustrations throughout)"
A tart, acute inquiry into the mania for gin that coursed through London during the early part of the 18th century. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 15, 2002

"Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide from microscopic infectious agents? Welcome to Mr. Preston's frightening neighborhood."
Preston guides us deftly on another scary excursion (Hot Zone, 1994) into the world of really bad viruses—this time smallpox, with a side helping of anthrax. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

"Powerful, evenhanded, thoroughly edifying."
An illuminating portrait, by a first-class investigative journalist, of the half-century-long civil war that has divided Cuban against itself. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Clear-eyed reporting and graceful prose in a highly readable—and sobering—work of political geography for policymakers and anyone concerned by the risks of an uncertain future."
Pakistan is a terrorist haven, a nest of corruption, a tinhorn dictatorship—and, writes New Yorker correspondent and long-time Pakistan resident Weaver, a supposed friend whose future is of great strategic importance to the US. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"A book of sorrows—and of surpassing importance."
Avowed integrationist Irons (Political Science/UC San Diego; A People's History of the Supreme Court, not reviewed) powerfully summarizes Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka and argues compellingly that subsequent court cases have effected resegregation and the resurrection of Jim Crow. Read full book review >
QUICK STUDIES by Alexander Star
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A wonderful collection, offering fine bedside browsing for disaffected grad students, refugees from the university, and fans of solid journalism alike."
A lively greatest-hits collection from the pages of the recently deceased journal Lingua Franca, which "sought to occupy the no-man's-land between the tabloid and the treatise." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Controversial, yes. Smart, yes. And essential reading for anyone keeping track on world events over the last year."
Sharply pointed, finely delivered observations on world politics and the ongoing war on terrorism, by New York Times columnist Friedman (The Lexus and the Olive Tree, 1999). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >