Current Affairs Book Reviews

A THOUSAND MILES TO FREEDOM by Eunsun Kim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"An urgent cry for compassion for the author's fellow North Koreans, trapped and strangled of liberty and life."
A sobering account of survival of the fittest in North Korea by a young woman on the run for nearly a decade. Read full book review >
BEING BERLUSCONI by Michael Day
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"As entertaining and shocking as one would hope for, but the book leaves readers with more questions than answers."
In the first comprehensive examination of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's life and career, Independent Italy correspondent Day paints a lively but noncomplex picture of an ambitious and deeply flawed man in a system that accommodated his numerous vices.Read full book review >

CIRCLING THE SQUARE by Wendell Steavenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 21, 2015

"An intensive firsthand exploration of modern Egyptian liberation and solidarity."
Impassioned coverage from the front lines of a historic Middle Eastern uprising. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 16, 2015

"A practical overview of the untapped potentials of a substantial part of the economy."
An argument against bringing large corporations to local communities through tax incentives and grants, an approach the author claims is destructive to employment and investment. Read full book review >
NORTH KOREA UNDERCOVER by John Sweeney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 15, 2015

"In a carefully footnoted and documented work, Sweeney has done his homework, though the snide tone grates."
The mocking account of an English investigative journalist's undercover visit to North Korea underscores the fact that the dire state is no laughing matter. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2015

"Not for the fainthearted, but a good wake-up call for those concerned with decent treatment of animals and healthy food on the table."
A searing exposé of the brutal treatment animals receive on their ways to our dinner plates. Read full book review >
THE SPEECHWRITER by Barton Swaim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"Candid but not especially compelling."
A former speechwriter for an ex-South Carolina governor offers a glimpse into what it really meant to be a "fashioner of words" for a self-obsessed politician who fell from grace. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"An urgent call for corporate compassion by a woman with a baby in peril."
A first-person account of a woman who became a cause célèbre following the grievous circumstances of her baby's birth. Read full book review >
ZEROZEROZERO by Roberto Saviano
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 14, 2015

"Saviano says he can no longer look at a beach or a map without seeing cocaine, and many will share that view after reading this dark, relentless, hyperreal report."
An inside account of the international cocaine trade. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 14, 2015

"A comprehensive, intelligent look at the evolving world of spies."
Investigative journalist Grey (Ghost Plane: The True Story of the CIA Torture Program, 2006) has his finger on the pulse of all things espionage. While explaining the changes in the spying world since the end of the Cold War, he delves deeply into the strengths and weaknesses of the industry and discloses previously unknown events.Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015

"This moving, potent testament might have been titled 'Black Lives Matter.' Or: 'An American Tragedy.'"
The powerful story of a father's past and a son's future. Read full book review >
CHARITY DETOX by Robert D. Lupton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 7, 2015

"Radical new methods that could take charity to a new, more effective level."
New ideas and approaches toward charity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >