Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 209)

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 3, 1992

"Likely to offend those committed to orthodoxy, but offering a strong case for flexibility and diversity in programs for recovery from substance abuse. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
A 16-step program for overcoming addiction and dependency that speaks to the special needs of women and minorities; by a self-described ``feminist, Quaker, psychologist, healer, peace and social justice activist and a woman on [her] own spiritual journey.'' While acknowledging that AA's 12-step recovery program works for some, Kasl (Women, Sex, and Addiction, 1989) found that its allegedly upper-middle-class, white, male, Christian value system did not meet her own needs. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Green's history—personal, associative, intuitive, presenting an immense amount of diverse materials in a coherent, imaginative, and convincing form—is itself an expression of the New Age. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
Green (The Mount Vernon Street Warrens, 1990, etc.) looks at the loosely connected set of ``ideas, icons, myths, and rituals'' that have recurred toward the ends of the past few centuries in order to energize and spiritualize the arid periods in between. Read full book review >

ONE'S COMPANY by Barbara Holland
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"A gift book that may help, disturb, and delight—though the generalities at times are like elevator stairs gone flat."
Holland (Hail to the Chiefs, 1990, etc.) wages an uphill battle against loneliness for widows, divorcÇes, and the aging. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

Kaminer (A Fearful Freedom, 1990, etc.) examines and deplores the latest manifestations of America's historic obsession with self-help: 12-step recovery movements, confessional talk-shows, pop-psych quick-fix books, New Age philosophy, the men's movement, and contemporary popular religious phenomena, including the evangelical movement and the writings of Rabbi Harold S. Kushner. Read full book review >
OUR RIGHT TO DRUGS by Thomas Szasz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Places the rhetoric and the players in clear positions on the board, whether or not you agree with the Szasz prescription."
Szasz (Psychiatry/SUNY at Syracuse) at his abrasive best, skewering the shibboleths of the War On Drugs and giving historical context to the current national hubbub. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"A confidence-inspiring sourcebook for stricken families."
Straightforward advice from parents-who-have-been-there on how to cope with childhood cancer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1992

"A riveting warts-and-all portrait of a courageous and determined woman who, in a time of foment, wrought fundamental changes in the human social condition. (Photos—not seen.)"
A splendid biography of the woman who fought for more than half a century to bring birth control to America. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 1, 1992

"Still, a thorough assessment of a perilous situation."
Silverman, Lydecker, and Lee—who took upon themselves the seemingly Sisyphean task of exposing the abuses of the pharmaceutical industry (Prescriptions for Death: The Drugging of the Third World, 1982, etc.)—now reexamine the situation in the Third World and conclude that a worldwide crisis exists. Read full book review >
AMERICAN HEALTH QUACKERY by James Harvey Young
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Expert words on a fascinating subject. (Sixty-seven halftones.)"
Quackery is thriving in the high-tech 90's, according to Young (American Social History/Emory Univ.), author of Toadstool Millionaires (1961), which traced the history of quackery in America up to the Food and Drugs Act of 1906, and Medical Messiahs (1967), which brought the story forward to 1966. Read full book review >
PASSIONS by Georgia Witkin
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Not likely to help those with serious problems, but bright and chipper and infused with a gung-ho spirit."
How to accentuate the positive emotions and eliminate, or at least manage, the negative; by a master of the pop-psychology genre. Read full book review >
CRACKHOUSE by Terry Williams
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1992

"Compelling ethnography with a rare moral core, important for its clear, persuasive message that these lost souls are victims, worthy of our compassion."
Williams, whose The Cocaine Kids (1989) so vividly depicted the world of young N.Y.C. coke dealers, now reports with equal skill and caring on the subterranean depths inhabited by their customers. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 29, 1992

"A provocative and forceful call for change, certain to enrage male gynecologists while empowering their patients."
Why men have no business being gynecologists—or so the author says—and what women can do to get proper health care. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >