Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"A multilayered treat for crime buffs."
Crime-writer Neff (Unfinished Murder, 1995) chronicles the famous 1950s murder case with impressive depth and comes up with a convincing alternative to Dr. Sam Sheppard as the killer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Dispatches from the dark side made funny. (photos)"
How to turn an obituary into an ironic comic masterpiece. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"A stellar collection."
All Pulitzer, all the time: Dozens of classy—by turns subversive, condemning, and exploratory—pieces of journalism from the New York Times. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2001

"Wilkie is a savvy reporter, combining grace with tack-sharpness in this memorable portrait of a slice of the South over the past half-century."
A fluent and fluid memoir of growing up way down south, from Boston Globe reporter Wilkie. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Essential reading for university presidents and all those who hope to influence them."
The research university the way it ought to be. Read full book review >
FIRE by Sebastian Junger
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Deeply affecting stories of a ruthless world, natural and man-made, that will leave you stunned and distraught."
Run-for-cover writing from scary places, by Junger (A Perfect Storm, 1997), a man with an appetite for the ragged edge of life and the ability to write about it with restrained power. Read full book review >
THE BEST OF TIMES by Haynes Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A useful summary of recent events—and one that does Allen proud."
An absorbing survey of America's second Gilded Age. Read full book review >
COMMUNISM by Richard Pipes
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"Superbly informative, written with great insight and real style."
An erudite yet readable introduction to the economic theory that grew into the 20th century's worst political nightmare, by distinguished historian Pipes (Prosperity and Freedom, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Cut from the scaffold, Saro-Wiwa was canonized—'a man whom few people had heard of twenty-four hours earlier was suddenly invested with mythic qualities.'"
A biography of the late Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, a man as personally complex as he was politically elemental. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Excellent, as is Halberstam's custom, and instructive for those seeking to understand geopolitical realities."
Another weighty tome from the noted journalist and historian, this one chronicling the sometimes confused, always complex junction of foreign policy and military might. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 14, 2001

"A matchless study that combines the brutal facts of war with persuasive findings."
A fascinating study of the way Western values have translated into Western military victories against non-Western cultures. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >