Current Affairs Book Reviews

LOVING LEARNING by Tom Little
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Released: March 2, 2015

"Little's enthusiasm and passion for the potential of progressive schools burn on every page and offer hope for a better way forward."
One of the leaders of the progressive education movement reflects on ways to improve more than just standardized test scores. Read full book review >
DATA AND GOLIATH by Bruce Schneier
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Released: March 2, 2015

"An accessible, detailed look at a disturbing aspect of contemporary life."
A jeremiad suggesting our addiction to data may have made privacy obsolete. Read full book review >

HENRY FINDS HIS WORD by Lindsay Ward
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Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Let this be the first first-word book to pull from the shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Seeing that baby talk isn't working as well as he'd like, Henry decides to find his first word. Read full book review >
AMERICAN MADE by Dan DiMicco
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Common-sensical—perhaps too much so for policymakers to stomach—and plainspoken. Free trade absolutists and corporate apologists will hate it, but as for the rest, it's worthy of much discussion."
Do you want to build an economy? Well, you can make burgers, or you can make things—and making burgers, warns the former CEO of steel giant Nucor, is a fast track to immiseration. Read full book review >
AIDS BETWEEN SCIENCE AND POLITICS by Peter Piot
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Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Somewhat arid, as medical policy works tend to be, but of considerable use to readers with an interest in public health issues."
Adaption of a lecture series at the Collège de France by Piot (No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses, 2012, etc.), the founding executive director of the Joint U.N. Programme on HIV/AIDS.Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A vital piece of work that demands attention."
Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Scheer (Communication and Journalism/Univ. of Southern California; The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street, 2010, etc.) examines how online convenience has supplanted bedrock American values of personal freedom and the right to privacy.Read full book review >
THE UTOPIA OF RULES by David Graeber
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Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A sharp, oddly sympathetic and highly readable account of how big government works—or doesn't work, depending on your point of view."
Hate bureaucrats? Then stop supporting violent states. Read full book review >
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Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A powerful wake-up call to pay attention to our online lives."
An alarming view of the burgeoning dark side of the Internet. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST AUGUST by Dilip Hiro
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Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Though dense and occasionally arid, a highly useful reference for those seeking to understand the geopolitics of a region often in the news for outbreaks of violence."
An explanation of the intractable enmity of two South Asian peoples and nations. Read full book review >
IN WALT WE TRUST by John Marsh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"Marsh confesses his love for the legendary poet, and by the end of this insightful homage, readers are likely to feel the same."
Marsh (English/Pennsylvania State Univ.; Hog Butchers, Beggars, and Busboys: Poverty, Labor, and the Making of Modern American Poetry, 2011, etc.) shares his affection for Walt Whitman in this gentle, thoughtful consideration of the poet's relevance to 21st-century America.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A welcome though overly broad-brushed excoriation of the age of the ascendant 1 percent."
Working men and women died for the eight-hour workday, and the thanks they get is the silence of lambs. Read full book review >
THE BURMA SPRING by Rena Pederson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Pederson visited her subject several times, and she draws a deeply nuanced portrait of the enigmatic, inspiring leader."
The long, hard road to "national reconciliation" wrought by Burmese national heroine Aung San Suu Kyi (b. 1945). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >