Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Meyer 'liberates' the record with sagacity, precision and remarkable clarity."
A journalist then posted to Germany and Central Europe delivers a coolheaded reconsideration of the revolutionary fervor that tore down the Iron Curtain in 1989. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"A reasoned, well-balanced, highly readable account, especially welcome as the national debate over health care gets underway."
A timely survey—filled with important lessons for the United States—of how other nations have created systems that provide universal health care for their citizens. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"An excellent biography, worthy of shelving alongside Francis Wheen's Karl Marx: A Life (2000)."
A welcome life of Karl Marx's factotum, benefactor and co-author, who talked a good revolutionary game while living a happily bourgeois life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Essential for students of organized crime in America. Murder and mayhem buffs will enjoy it too."
The Mob comes to America, and rivers of blood flow. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 4, 2009

"Essential for watchers of politics and a model for similar electoral analyses in the future."
A superior piece of political reportage and interpretation by Washington Post writer Balz (co-author: Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival, 1996) and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian Johnson (Journalism/Univ. of Maryland; The Age of Anxiety: McCarthyism to Terrorism, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2009

"Prodigious research and a grateful heart inform this essential biography of an irreplaceable journalist."
The astonishingly assiduous professional life of I.F. Stone (1907-89), who covered stories from the Sacco and Vanzetti trials to the Iran-Contra affair and became an icon to investigative journalists. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Reconciliation is an increasingly important process in nations once torn by fratricide. Rice's important book serves as an urgent case study, complete with a surprising outcome."
From longtime African affairs journalist Rice, a provocative story of war, death and the quest for justice in the wake of Idi Amin's ruinous reign in Uganda. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF COMMUNISM by Archie Brown
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2009

"Historical writing and political analysis of the highest order."
Essential history of a multifaceted political movement that ended in tears in many places—but endures in many others. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2009

"Right book, right author."
National Review senior editor Brookhiser (George Washington on Leadership, 2008, etc.) recalls his writing life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2009

"Likely to become the standard version of this historic clash between a president and Congress."
A riveting look at one of American history's most dismal episodes. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 7, 2009

"A masterful combination of deep human interest and detailed criminal investigation into a parent's worst nightmare."
An engrossing account of a watershed missing-child case. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2009

"Riveting, richly atmospheric pulp nonfiction."
Novelistic study of an iconoclastic criminal in revolutionary times. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >