Caught in the Crossfire, Jan Goodwin (Dutton), is a "gripping, highly readable account of (the author's) series of secret trips into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. . . . The best book yet published about the war in Afghanistan" (Debra Denker).
Memory of Fire: Faces & Masks , Eduardo Galeano; translated by Cedric Belfrage (Pantheon). The author "has taken the New World's history and fashioned from it a compelling book. . . . He never lapses into propaganda; his outrage is tempered by intelligence, an ineradicable sense of humor, and hope" (Allen Boyer).
The Jaguar Smile, Salman Rushdie (Elisabeth Sifton/Viking) , offers a "fresh and provocative view of Nicaragua. . . . Rushdie finds a good deal to like in a country run by a socialist juvenocracy of poets and intellectuals very like himself" (Victor Perera) .
Images From the Southwest, Marc Gaede; essay by David Lavender (Northland), places Marc Gaede "squarely within the tradition represented by Ansel Adams, for whom he once worked. . . . David Lavender's essay is an excellent piece of cultural geography" (Martha A. Sandweiss) .