Current Affairs Book Reviews

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Mitchell is careful not to ruffle too many feathers in his analysis, but many readers will wonder if officials on either side will follow his proposals."
A former U.S. senator and diplomatic negotiator considers the history of Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy over three-plus decades and what prospects for peace still exist. Read full book review >
THE MASTER PLAN by Brian Fishman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A sage assessment showing how IS world domination could never come to pass because it has alienated too many Muslims worldwide."
A clinical dissection of the Islamic State group's blueprint for waging jihad and establishing a caliphate. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Required reading for a generation that's 'going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.'"
The celebrated New York Times columnist diagnoses this unprecedented historical moment and suggests strategies for "resilience and propulsion" that will help us adapt. Read full book review >
RULES FOR REVOLUTIONARIES by Becky Bond
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 18, 2016

"A lively update of and rejoinder to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, which, as this book very well may do, has long offered guidance to the right as well as the left."
Senior advisers to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign leadership offer pointers on how to start the next movement—or perhaps continue the one they started. Read full book review >
THE DOULAS by Mary Mahoney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers."
The story of the transformative Doula Project. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A timely, significant book."
Washington Post reporter Lowery chronicles his assignment to Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of Michael Brown and how he became the newspaper's go-to journalist covering the use of deadly force against unarmed black men in other cities. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO RUIN by James Rickards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's much for the alarmist here but food for thought for the calm investor, too."
Can owning a Chagall keep the wolf from the door? In a time of a predatory capitalism that is beginning to feed on itself, that and a knowledge of complexity theory might get you more than a cup of coffee. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An original, authentic take on the fissures developing behind North Korea's totalitarian facade."
A crisp, dramatic examination of how technology and human ingenuity are undermining North Korea's secretive dictatorship. Read full book review >
OUR REVOLUTION by Bernie Sanders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's not much what-if here and certainly no indecision. Instead, as if rallying the troops, Sanders writes confidently of a program that's sure to be revisited in 2020."
A dark horse speaks, advancing, after the fact, "an agenda for a new America." Read full book review >
SETTLE FOR MORE by Megyn Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"As candid and earnest as we can hope for from a polished TV personality, Kelly's memoir delivers on decency and encouragement."
The TV news star delivers a relatable, sometimes-inspiring memoir with a dash of vulnerability. Read full book review >
CLASS CLOWNS by Jonathan A. Knee
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A tough-minded study that shows there's gold in them there halls, but getting to it is a problem—or, an entrepreneur might say, a challenge."
Why can't Johnny make a buck in the school game? Perhaps because, though the potential earnings are huge, the barriers to entry are formidable, as a former investment banker and current business professor charts. Read full book review >
The Holistic Manifesto by E.P. Anthony
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"An impressively sober and fair-minded analysis."
A comprehensive center-left political platform that addresses the worsening problem of economic inequality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >