Social Sciences Book Reviews (page 628)

HOMICIDE by David Simon
Released: June 5, 1991

"Deserves great praise and looks like a big winner."
An incomparable, epic nonfiction police procedural, covering one year with a Baltimore homicide squad—and a dizzying circus of mayhem and stark horror at vast length. Read full book review >
Released: June 4, 1991

"Introducing each chapter are poems on parenting from various writers; they alone make the book worthwhile."
A highly personal exploration of how children mold parents and parents mold children, and how together they continually re-create the family. Read full book review >

JEAN RHYS by Carole Angier
Released: June 3, 1991

"Perhaps Angier's exhaustive but unsorted research will be of value to some future biographer who will do justice to Rhys, a fine writer."
This detailed study of the author of Quartet and Wide Sargasso Sea seems not so much a biography as a collection of annotated note cards and unedited lecture notes. Read full book review >
SUBTEXT by Julius Fast
Released: June 1, 1991

"This should have been called Sub-par Text."
Fast (What Should We Do About Davey?, 1988; Body Language, 1970, etc.) has little new to offer here, and the repackaged old ideas are padded out with anecdotes that often seem too exactly pertinent to be believable as real happenings. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1991

"A well-written, heartening guide for the parent who needs help in handling anger."
Longtime director of Parent Guidance Workshops, Samalin here offers practical advice on coping with anger when dealing with children. Read full book review >

RAISA by Urda Jurgens
Released: June 1, 1991

A superficial portrait of Mrs. Gorbachev by a Moscow journalist. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1991

"Still, little Emily's saga is heartbreaking and powerful."
Mehren, a correspondent for The Los Angeles Times, went into labor in her sixth month of pregnancy while flying from L.A. to N.Y.C. Baby Emily was born shortly afterward, weighing less than two pounds; this moving book chronicles her 53-day life. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1991

"Sure to be controversial, this is a major contribution to contemporary thought."
Here, Miedzian (scholar-in-residence at the Center for American Cultural Studies at Columbia Univ.) presents an exhaustively researched analysis of the inflammatory effects of contemporary American culture on what, she argues, is man's innate predisposition toward violence. Read full book review >
KLANWATCH by Bill Stanton
Released: June 1, 1991

"An adequately documented advocate's perspective that is more a detailed synopsis than an in-depth study. (For a more involving and thorough parallel account, see Morris Dees's A Season for Justice, p. 450.)"
A succinct and sometimes understated look at one of America's ``longest-running Klan prosecutions,'' told by an experienced hate- crimes investigator. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1991

"A literate, entertaining, and, for some, surely wrath- provoking presentation of scientific data about the differences between the sexes."
If men and women are equal, why have males been the dominant sex virtually throughout history? Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1991

"A revelatory work with a great deal to say about the mythology, history, and future of the American Dream."
An extraordinary dissection by Powers (White Town Drowsing, 1986, etc.) of the plight and attempted resurrection of two small towns: Cairo, Ill., ``a violent, sorrowful little town'' perhaps breathing its last; and Kent, Conn., a ``prosperity-stricken'' rural town struggling to maintain its identity. Read full book review >
Released: May 31, 1991

"Once again, Mayer proves a wise and charming guide through some of the darkest corners of the human mind—and a temperate explorer of an ultrasensational phenomenon."
In Through Divided Minds (1988), N.Y.C. psychologist Mayer reported warmly on his work with sufferers of multiple personality disorder (MPD); here, he writes an equally compassionate account of his treatment of multiples possibly created by satanic cults. 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 >