Annal: 1994 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest

Results of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the year 1994.

Book:Diplomacy

Diplomacy

Henry A. Kissinger

Moving from a sweeping overview of history to blow-by-blow accounts of his negotiations with world leaders, Henry Kissinger describes how the art of diplomacy has created the world in which we live, and how America’s approach to foreign affairs has always differed vastly from that of other nations.

Brilliant, controversial, and profoundly incisive, Diplomacy stands as the culmination of a lifetime of diplomatic service and scholarship. It is vital reading for anyone concerned with the forces that have shaped our world today and will impact upon it tomorrow.

Book:The Moral Sense

The Moral Sense

James Q. Wilson

James Wilson seeks to reconcile traditional ideas of morality with an extraordinary range of important empirical research into the sources of human behavior over the last 50 years. His findings will shake the assumption of many readers.

Book:The Morning After

The Morning After: Sex, Fear, and Feminism

Katie Roiphe

When Katie Roiphe arrived at Harvard in the fall of 1986, she found that the feminism she had been raised to believe in had been radically transformed. The women’s movement, which had once signaled such strength and courage, now seemed lodged in a foundation of weakness and fear.

At Harvard, and later as a graduate student at Princeton, Roiphe saw a thoroughly new phenomenon taking shape on campus: the emergence of a culture captivated by victimization, and of a new bedroom politics in the university, cloaked in outdated assumptions about the way men and women experience sex. Men were the silencers and women the silenced, and if anyone thought differently no one was saying so. Twenty-four-year-old Katie Roiphe is the first of her generation to speak out publicly against the intolerant turn the women’s movement has taken, and in The Morning After she casts a critical eye on what she calls the mating…[more]

Book:Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution

Original Intent and the Framers of the Constitution: A Disputed Question

Harry V. Jaffa

A unique contribution to the debate over the original intentions of the Framers of the U.S. Constitutions.

Book:Parallel Time

Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White

Brent Staples

Parallel Time is an evocative memoir that poses universal questions: Where does the family end and the self begin? What do we owe our families, and what do we owe our dreams for ourselves? What part of the past is a gift and what part a shackle? For Brent Staples, there is the added dimension of race: moving from a black world into one largely defined by whites.

As the oldest son among nine children, Brent grew up in a small industrial town near Philadelphia. First a scholarship to a local college and then one for graduate study at the University of Chicago pulled him out of the close family circle. While he was away, the industries that supported the town failed, and drug dealing rushed in to fill the economic void. News of arrests and premature deaths among Brent’s childhood friends underscored the precariousness of his perch in a world of mostly white achievers. A younger brother became a cocaine dealer and was murdered by one of his “clients.” His death propelled Brent into a reconsideration…[more]

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