Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

Released: Sept. 22, 2005

"A biography with narrative muscle and thrilling historical relevance."
O'Faolain, mistress of the memoir (Almost There, 2003, etc.), meets her match in fellow Irishwoman Chicago May, feisty turn-of-the-century feminist and queen of crooks. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"A revealing look at the legal system, a compelling human rights story and an inspirational tale of dedicated people who refused to accept the status quo."
A cadre of dedicated Yalies takes on the U.S. government in the case of Haitian refugees in the early 1990s. Read full book review >

THE TENDER BAR by J.R. Moehringer
Released: Sept. 7, 2005

"A straight-up account of masculinity, maturity and memory that leaves a smile on the face and an ache in the heart."
It takes a gin mill to raise a child—or so one might think from this memoir filled with gladness by a Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times correspondent. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2005

"For that, Goldfarb blames the Bush administration, closing with a reasoned but white-hot denunciation of American imperialism. One of the best of the many books to emerge from the Iraq invasion."
A moving tribute, by NPR correspondent Goldfarb, to his Kurdish translator, guide and friend, an early victim of post-conquest terror in Iraq. Read full book review >
SHOCKWAVE by Stephen Walker
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"So it was, and the world has been haunted ever since. An engrossing, saddening reconstruction of events, marking the 60th anniversary of Hiroshima's incineration."
A superb account of the development of the bomb that destroyed a Japanese city with the heat of ten suns. Read full book review >

Released: July 11, 2005

"A choice piece of police-procedural writing."
Horn (Waiting for My Cats to Die, 2001, etc.) captures with crackling intensity the work of cops who investigate long-unsolved homicides. Read full book review >
Released: June 16, 2005

"A small fortune could be made by bottling this story and selling it as an antidote to self-pity. Frey will have to settle for the small fortune it will make in big sales."
A story of post-rehab, post-prison that's about as comforting as a sawn-off shotgun with a dark angel in attendance. Read full book review >
THE SURVIVOR by John F. Harris
Released: June 7, 2005

"A complement and corrective to the Clintons' own memoirs, full of surprising turns that do much to explain the recent past—and the unfolding political present."
A revealing look at the Clinton presidency, characterized by great ambitions and shattering failures. Read full book review >
WHERE WE HAVE HOPE by Andrew Meldrum
Released: June 1, 2005

"A compelling and, ultimately, heartbreaking story that demands to be read by anyone concerned about contemporary Africa."
The remarkable odyssey of a reporter's attempt to cover the news and stay alive during a country's descent into ruin. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 2005

"All in all, a great ride with a homegrown American original."
Television host Ellerbee roams around the world and through her memories, one meal at a time. Read full book review >
A MATTER OF OPINION by Victor S. Navasky
Released: May 4, 2005

"A pleasure for general readers, and a blessing for students of the independent media and contemporary letters."
The country's oldest weekly magazine, a fixture of liberal households since the Civil War, has a dirty secret, its long-time editor/publisher discloses. It loses money. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2005

"Vividly told, the interplay of personalities that would ultimately transform the world."
Revisiting the Manhattan Project and the production of the first atomic bomb—and the man who assembled and directed its cast of thousands. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >