Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

Released: March 20, 2007

"Bedside reading for Karl Rove wannabes preparing for 2008."
Why have recent US national elections been so close? It's the regions, stupid. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2007

"An unflinching look at success and race in America."
An engrossing biography of a conflicted man who, as the second African-American to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, has become a hero to conservatives and a pariah to the black community at large. Read full book review >

Released: March 12, 2007

"A wartime story with a joyful ending."
Terrific tale about how Iraqis, a South African conservationist and American soldiers saved the animals of the Baghdad Zoo. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2007

"Big-picture politics take second place to the achingly personal in Bissell's heartfelt book."
A penetrating look back at the Vietnam conflict, with Bissell (Chasing the Sea, 2003, etc.) alternately guiding and following his veteran father. Read full book review >
MR. UNTOUCHABLE by Leroy “Nicky” Barnes
Released: March 6, 2007

"The tale of a crime lord that's as vicious, graphic and entertaining as anything out there today."
A generation ago, Nicky Barnes was notorious as Harlem's prime retailer of quality heroin. Now he tells his gripping story. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 15, 2007

"An intriguing, immodest proposal that itself warrants discussion—and action."
Inspired by South Africa's post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission, civil-rights attorney Ifill (Law/Univ. of Maryland) offers a new approach to addressing the history of lynching in America. Read full book review >
NIXON AND MAO by Margaret MacMillan
Released: Feb. 13, 2007

"First-rate popular history featuring a compelling cast, swift narration and rigorous analysis."
An account of the stunning 1972 visit by President Richard Nixon, long a Red-hater and -baiter, to the People's Republic of China. Read full book review >
INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Crammed with harrowing details, Hirsi Ali's account is a significant contribution to our times."
Somali-born Dutch parliamentarian Hirsi Ali, now in hiding from Muslim militants angered by her outspoken views on Islam's enslavement of women (The Caged Virgin, 2005), offers a forthright, densely detailed memoir of growing up harshly amid revolution and religious restraint. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Plenty of ammunition here for those who believe a 'campaign of lies and distortion' accounts for the U.S. presence in Iraq."
A former 60 Minutes producer exposes 85 years of Western recklessness and fecklessness in Iraq. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Witty and wise; a true candidate for the All-Time Desert Island Top 5 Books About Pop Music."
A rock critic tells about the love of life via a series of 15 mix tapes full to bursting with songs of passion, regret and bad rhyme schemes. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A stark confrontation, but also rich in evocative anecdotal material that recalls the war in the Pacific with amazing immediacy."
Some 60 years after their suppression by military censorship, a Pulitzer Prize correspondent's lost Nagasaki files remain potentially explosive. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2006

"A cogent and satisfying primer on the mind of the perspicacious Gallic theorist who discerned a new form of government in America."
Essayist Epstein (Friendship, 2006, etc.) presents his take on America's most quoted, least vexing Frenchman in this latest addition to the Eminent Lives series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >