Current Affairs Book Reviews

Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"More of a call to reason than a call to arms, the book offers hope in the face of great challenges."
A multicultural, interdisciplinary overview of activism as a means to an end. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A passionate, emotional ode to the wonders of our dying planet and to those who, hopelessly or not, dedicate their lives to trying to save it."
A war journalist and mountaineering aficionado chronicles his global travels to witness the stakes of humanity's greatest battle: the destruction of our planet. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Robinson claims she didn't do it, and her book leaves no reason to doubt her."
A former teacher convicted in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal makes a strong case that students have been cheated by corporate profiteers and racist policies that undermine public education. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Of considerable interest to investors in emerging economies as well as development specialists and policymakers."
Why have some nations become prosperous while others have remained poor—and in many cases poorer than half a century ago? Harvard Business School professor Christensen (The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel, 2013, etc.) and colleagues venture some suggestive answers. Read full book review >
DEAR BABA by Maryam Rafiee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2019

"Affecting letters bearing witness to human rights abuses."
A collection of the author's touching letters written over six months to her father, who was imprisoned in Tehran for expressing his political views. Read full book review >

PROSECUTING THE PRESIDENT by Andrew Coan
Released: Jan. 10, 2019

"A useful study that suggests possible outcomes and what is at stake."
A legal scholar provides necessary context for the challenges facing a special prosecutor as he investigates a sitting president. Read full book review >
STRONGMEN by Vijay Prashad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2019

"Nothing news-breaking, but readers seeking a literate crash course in bottom-of-the-barrel geopolitics will quickly devour this book."
Strongmen come in many flavors, writes editor Prashad (Red Star over the Third World, 2017, etc.), but they share a commonality: They "are nothing other than cowardly when it comes to social reality." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Sad, revealing testimony to the continuing effects of racism and inequality."
Black millennials offer candid views of the challenges they face. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A thoroughly leftist, intermittently applicable look at the state of American criminal justice."
A sobering review of the ills of the American criminal justice system and a few prescriptions for reform. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A persuasive argument that deserves to be heard in Foggy Bottom, the Pentagon, and other corridors of power."
A well-formed argument against the doctrine of refusing to negotiate with terrorists to gain the release of hostages. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A reasonable argument directed at a lay audience, many of whom have already made up their minds."
A rational if somewhat unlikely strategy to reverse global warming using current technology and without self-denial. Read full book review >
IRAN RISING by Amin Saikal
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Useful reading for students of contemporary geopolitics, in which Iran has proven a constant, often destabilizing presence."
Scholarly portrait of a nation that resists easy categorization—and containment. 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 >