Current Affairs Book Reviews

Released: April 24, 2018

"Moyo clearly identifies systemic problems that the democracies—or what's left of them—would do well to address."
Zambian-born economist Moyo (Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World, 2012, etc.) takes on thorny questions of economic and political stagnation. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clearheaded reckoning with consequences of the tech industry's disruptions and the ideology that undergirds it."
An on-the-ground look at Silicon Valley and what its power means for the rest of the world. Read full book review >

GREAT AMERICAN OUTPOST by Maya Rao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A superbly reported book marred only by an occasionally wandering narrative."
Newspaper journalist Rao travels to remote western North Dakota to immerse herself in the boom-and-bust cycle of shale oil extraction. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fairly straightforward conservative argument that partisan politics and lack of reverence for capitalism portend the demise of democracy."
A conservative political commentator sees democracy and capitalism in peril. Read full book review >
ARMY OF NONE by Paul Scharre
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clear, well-written, and richly documented discussion of an issue that deserves deep and careful study."
Former Army Ranger Scharre, the director of the Future of War Initiative at the Center for a New American Security, looks at the technical, strategic, and ethical questions raised by autonomous weapons, which are closer to reality than many civilians may realize. Read full book review >

US VS. THEM by Ian Bremmer
Released: April 24, 2018

"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead."
An examination of the coming worldwide explosion of populism. Read full book review >
HARA HOTEL by Teresa Thornhill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A brave, affecting book about a continuing humanitarian crisis."
Thornhill (The Curtain Maker of Beirut: Conversations with the Lebanese, 2011, etc.) offers a personal account of her time volunteering in Greece as refugees arrived from Syria and other nations beset by strife. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"At times bedeviled by academic jargon and repetition of obvious problems, but essentially a worthy plea for change."
A research-heavy, advocacy-grounded study of urban blight and incarceration, in which the authors "argue that efforts to end mass incarceration must go beyond reforming legislation or police practices." Read full book review >
THE VIEW FROM FLYOVER COUNTRY by Sarah Kendzior
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 17, 2018

"Passionate pieces that repeatedly assail the inability of many to empathize and to humanize."
A collection of sharp-edged, humanistic pieces about the American heartland, originally published between 2012 and 2014. Read full book review >
THE BURNING SHORES by Frederic Wehrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Essential reading for anyone interested in the facts of the Benghazi attacks and in the future of a definitively troubled region."
A searing tale of violence, chaos, and unintended consequences in post-Gadhafi Libya. Read full book review >
WEST WINGING IT by Pat Cunnane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revealing window into the fascinating aquarium of the 'Obama people' and all their 'hope and hard-won change.'"
The inside scoop on how a recent college graduate went from working in a warehouse to becoming a senior writer for the Barack Obama White House. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >