Current Affairs Book Reviews

THE TERROR YEARS by Lawrence Wright
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Fans of Wright will have already encountered these pieces, but the collection represents yet more great work from a dedicated journalist."
Pulitzer Prize winner Wright (Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, 2014, etc.) pulls together 10 in-depth pieces he originally wrote for the New Yorker and fashions them, somewhat updated and otherwise revised, into a cohesive book. Read full book review >
RAMPAGE NATION by Louis Klarevas
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Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A deeply researched, clearly written study that educates while it horrifies."
Klarevas (Global Affairs/Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston) shares his research showing that mass shootings are more common than widely believed but can be decreased by addressing the conditions common to all the massacres. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Heartfelt sentiments on how racism, gender equality, and other social and cultural issues in America can be changed for the betterment of all."
Insights into life from the cultural commentator and former Hall of Fame basketball player. Read full book review >
COMPANY CONFESSIONS by Christopher Moran
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Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An informative historical summation of CIA memoirs with enough skulduggery to entertain casual readers."
A concise overview of the CIA's troubled dealings with spies-turned-authors. Read full book review >
NECESSARY TROUBLE by Sarah Jaffe
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"An essential guide to forces shaping our nation and the 2016 presidential election."
Journalist and Nation Institute fellow Jaffe debuts with an in-depth account of the wave of populist anger driving "a new era of protest and activism" in the United States. Read full book review >

WE'RE STILL RIGHT, THEY'RE STILL WRONG by James Carville
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Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A valuable book for readers hoping to make sense of the strangest election in memory."
An update of the author's 1996 book, We're Right, They're Wrong, delivered with his signature passion and earthiness. Read full book review >
CAPITAL OFFENSES by Samuel Buell
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A book that will challenge conventional wisdom among readers who intuitively believe that corporations often game the system."
The federal prosecutor for the massive Enron investigation examines why corporations and their executives rarely face criminal charges, no matter how widespread their hurtful conduct. Read full book review >
CALIFORNIA COMEBACK by Narda Zacchino
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Although income inequality, overcrowded prisons, drought, and traffic continue to challenge California, Zacchino persuasively portrays the state as vibrant, farsighted, and civic minded."
An informative history of troubles and triumphs in the Golden State. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO RUNS by John Brant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A bright, uplifting biography about determination and giving back."
The inspiring life of a Ugandan middle-distance runner and his journey from bush village to Olympic hopeful. Read full book review >
THE EURO by Joseph E. Stiglitz
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A cogent and urgent argument of compelling interest to economists and policymakers."
A tale of monetary union and its discontents. Read full book review >
BORN BRIGHT by C. Nicole Mason
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A thoughtful, well-crafted rejoinder to Claude Brown's half-century-old Manchild in the Promised Land, speaking to the power of hope and the institutional changes needed to make hope possible."
The aspirational story of a young African-American woman's rise from poverty. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Pungent, embittered, eye-opening observations of a conflict involving lessons still unlearned."
A scathing dispatch from an embedded journalist in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >