Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

Released: May 1, 2004

"Scholarly, stimulating, significant. (8 pp. b&w illustrations)"
A sensational 18th-century murder sets the author musing about things that annoy and challenge historians: What are facts? What is history? What are the differences between a novelist and a historian? Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2004

"Choice political journalism."
Observant, quicksilver explorations of the Big Apple's political landscape. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2004

"Impressive reportage, a fearless commitment to seeing what there is to see, and a strong sense of history: a fine work of literary travel, one that honors its subjects."
A travel writer's anabasis through a country that is no country. Read full book review >
Released: April 27, 2004

"Why spies don't make good assassins, why American intelligence needs to borrow a page from the Great Game heroes of the 19th-century British Empire, why things go wrong: it's all here. A perfect companion for fans of John le Carré."
A slender but rich—and quite entertaining—introduction to the shadowy world of spy vs. spy. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2004

"Of a piece with Daniel Bergner's In the Land of Magic Soldiers (2003): a sobering and much-needed portrait of a land that merits, and requires, our attention."
History blended with firsthand reportage of postcolonial Africa, "the stage of mankind's greatest tragedies." Read full book review >

BLUE BLOOD by Edward Conlon
Released: April 12, 2004

"Crackling sharp—and utterly compelling."
A street-smart and hilarious memoir from Conlon, who takes readers behind the squad-room door to reveal the inner life of New York's Finest. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"Against these highlights, some of Kelly's curmudgeonly, conservative cultural pieces pale. But the highlights are brilliant indeed, showing that American journalism lost much with Kelly's passing."
A splendid collection of newspaper and magazine pieces by the late Kelly (Martyr's Day, 1993), the first "embedded journalist" to die in the latest Iraq war. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2004

"Sure to be textbook reading at the Pentagon, but deserving of the widest audience."
A superbly written account of the recent unpleasantness in Mesopotamia. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 2004

"First-rate reading for fans of cloak-and-dagger stuff, and for students of WWII history."
A lively recounting of America's shadow war against the Axis powers, fraught with peril, treachery, and bad decisions. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2004

"As good a look at Mexico as has been written by outsiders since Alan Riding's Distant Neighbors (1984), and essential for students of Latin American affairs."
Superb from-the-barricades portrait of Mexico's second revolution, which is still unfolding. Read full book review >
FLIM-FLAM MAN by Jennifer Vogel
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Will haunt readers for days."
Heartbreaking, hard-boiled memoir of the author's late father, a liar and criminal she loved deeply. Read full book review >
CIVIL WARS by David Moats
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Superior reporting, fine writing: required reading for civil-rights activists."
A superb account of one deeply divisive battle in the decades-long civil-rights struggle, recounted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning editorialist who covered it on the front lines. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >