Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"Learned, lively and shrewd."
Lepore (American History/Harvard Univ.;New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan, 2005, etc.) explores the nexus of the American Revolution, the understanding and telling of history and today's Tea Party. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2010

"Readable and revealing, and the vividly re-created scenes cry out for film treatment."
Inside story of the controversial Italian-American family that gave us the Italian-language daily Il Progresso and the National Enquirer. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 5, 2010

"Engaging and balanced—a stand-out book."
As The Nation political correspondent Berman ably shows, many factors led to the success of President Obama's election campaign, but a crucial aspect is often overlooked—the role played by Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic Party Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"A lively, expertly rendered narrative of politics as a prelude to war."
A specialist in African-American history examines the tumultuous 1860 presidential election, perhaps the most consequential in American history. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 28, 2010

"A sharp, lucid, entertaining view of the 'bad' American past."
Sure, you've got your Honest Abe and your steadfast Molly Pitcher, your Daniel Boone and Dale Evans. But how do the vice-ridden rest of us fit into American history? Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 24, 2010

"Witty, insightful, scathing, appalling and inspiring—a must-read book on the Iraq war."
A former Naval officer examines his time as a member of an energy task force in Baghdad. Read full book review >
THE GRACE OF SILENCE by Michele Norris
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

In her debut memoir, veteran journalist and All Things Considered co-host Norris deftly explores the "unprecedented, hidden and robust conversation about race" now taking place throughout the United States. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"An unrelenting, incisive, masterly comparative study."
Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning historian Dower (Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, 1999, etc.) draws astute ironies between Pearl Harbor and 9/11 in terms of the overweening arrogance of military superpowers. Read full book review >
SHOWTIME by Larry Stempel
Released: Sept. 6, 2010

"Not just a catalog or reference book, but a highly astute, integrative cultural history."
A comprehensive critical analysis of significant Broadway shows from the 18th century to The Lion King and beyond. Read full book review >
A JOURNEY by Tony Blair
Released: Sept. 2, 2010

"A vividly rendered account of life in office, with plenty of beneficial pointers to aspiring politicos on either side of the Atlantic."
Long-awaited, uncommonly candid memoir by the former British prime minister. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 30, 2010

"Multilayered, provocative and highly accessible, this will appeal to Chan fans, scholars and general readers."
China-born poet and critic Huang (English/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara/Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics, 2008, etc.) recounts the making of an American folk hero. Read full book review >
MENTOR by Tom Grimes
Released: Aug. 15, 2010

"Without wasting a word, Grimes presents a thoroughly readable view of how stories—and writers, at least of a certain kind—are made."
An illuminating account of a writer's life under the tutelage of another writer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >