Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Lucid, thorough and essential to understanding Stalinist society."
The people whisper while denunciations are shouted all around: an exemplary study in mentalités, asking how the norms of old were so thoroughly remade in the years of Soviet terror. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2007

"Brilliant, illuminating and essential."
Rich, incisive analysis of the surreality of American life in the wake of 9/11. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Simultaneously astonishing, maddening and absolutely frightening."
British journalists Levy and Scott-Clark (The Amber Room: The Fate of the World's Greatest Lost Treasure, 2004, etc.) offer persuasive evidence that the United States looked the other way for years while Pakistan developed a nuclear bomb and exported weapons technology to Iran, North Korea and other enemies of the West. Read full book review >
VON BRAUN by Michael J. Neufeld
Released: Sept. 26, 2007

"Densely packed with political and technical detail, but nonetheless engrossing: the defining work on a still-controversial figure."
Judicious biography of the Nazis' chief rocket designer, who went on to lead the U.S. space program. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2007

"A lucid, absorbing analysis of the theory and reality underpinning three centuries of insurgent movements."
A captivating but disquieting examination of how insurgencies begin, grow, persist and either succeed or fail. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Smartly conceived, beautifully wrought campaign history, bound to entertain and inform."
Pulitzer Prize-winner Larson (Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory, 2004, etc.) vividly recounts America's first overtly partisan election. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 9, 2007

"A brilliant book, likely to be for some time the last word on how the American map evolved."
A Pulitzer Prize-winner comprehensively documents America's expansion—one audacious land swindle, one gunpoint accession, one bloody conquest after another. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Absorbing, appalling history."
The CIA started off on the wrong foot in 1947 and never regained it, maintains Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Weiner (Blank Check, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: July 2, 2007

"Inspirational and heartwarming."
Now living in Illinois, 20-year New Orleans resident Tisserand recalls a community's effort to make sure their kids got a decent education in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2007

"Sure to be popular reading inside the Beltway, and worthy of an audience far beyond it as well."
The controversial conservative columnist bares all—or some, at any rate—to stake a claim for fame beyond naming Valerie Plame. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2007

"And as to Vince Foster, and Whitewater, and rumors of Sapphic revels, and vengeful calculation, and overweening ambition? Never fear: They're all to be found in Bernstein's revealing, admiring, often surprising book."
A layered, thoughtful, critical biography of the woman who, at this writing, seems poised to become the 44th president of the United States. Read full book review >
NO EXCUSES by Robert Shrum
Released: June 1, 2007

"A big, wonderfully readable tale certain to delight political junkies."
A winning memoir from a high-end consultant to Democratic presidential candidates. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >