Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 66)

Released: March 17, 2009

"Comprehensive and compulsively readable."
An engrossing look at the history of racist real-estate practices in Chicago, and the activists who fought for justice. Read full book review >
AFRICA by Richard Dowden
Released: March 16, 2009

"A remarkably full-bodied and frank discussion of Africa's place in the world."
The director of the Royal African Society offers an ambitious, roundly informative and still intimate look at sub-Saharan Africa's turbulent road in the modern era. Read full book review >

Released: March 9, 2009

"An incisive illustration of the often underrated role a leader's personality plays in shaping world events."
How Ronald Reagan confounded critics and baffled even his supporters to help end the Cold War. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"Well thought-out, well-argued and thoroughly engaging."
A riveting, original examination of education inside and outside the classroom. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2009

"A journalistic tour-de-force, and a sobering reminder of how little has been achieved during 60 years of Israeli efforts in Palestine."
Despite the title, Israel's disastrously botched 1997 attempt to murder a key Hamas leader plays a minor role in this gripping and discouraging history. Read full book review >

1948 by Uri Avnery
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"Finally available in English, this skillfully written antiwar text is assuredly a classic."
A remarkable account of the bloody war for the establishment of the Jewish state, written by a young soldier in the midst of conflict. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"An immensely rewarding and beautifully written act of courage, by turns amusing, tender and obsessively dogged."
An account of growing up under a chilly, tyrannical parent in a changing Iran, by the author of Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2009

"A superb, evenhanded account of America's role in a continuing tragedy."
A veteran journalist chronicles 60 years of U.S. fecklessness in the Middle East. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2009

"A study of burning focus and intimate depth."
Journalist and historian Pitch (The Burning of Washington: The British Invasion of 1814, 1998, etc.) recounts the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"Engaging history from a talented new scholarly voice."
The riveting story of how economic conservatism became one of the leading strands in American political thought. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2008

"An engaging personal examination of a phenomenon that merits more scholarly attention."
Boston Globe columnist Beam (Gracefully Insane: The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital, 2001, etc.) takes a witty look at the publishing program that aimed to bring high culture to the masses…or at least the aspiring middle class. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >