The first of a planned biannual series that will cover world and national events as analyzed on op-ed pages, in columns, and in articles from the nation's newspapers and magazines. The book is divided into three-month segments, with each section having a short introduction chronicling the events of the period. The essays range from an indictment of the U.S. invasion of Panama in The New Yorker to a timely piece on child care leave in the Albuquerque Tribune to a thought-provoking essay on Clarence Thomas. While the book does cover most colors of the political spectrum with such diverse contributors as Pat Buchanan, Alexander Cockburn, Jesse Jackson, and Richard Nixon, the editors do not claim to be objective. A fine collection of penetrating essays on some of the events of our time. Recommended.-- Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.