Current Affairs Book Reviews

LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"One of those books you can't put down, don't want to finish, and won't soon forget."
Beguiled at an early age by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Dean (English/Univ. of Tennessee; The Time It Takes to Fall, 2007) deftly chronicles the history of American spaceflight and what the end of the space program means for American culture.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Sehat ably shows how the exploitation of the founders debases political debate and neglects policy evaluation—required reading for those desperate for sane, intelligent political arguments."
Sehat (History/Georgia State Univ.; The Myth of American Religious Freedom, 2011) indicts the political ploy of invoking the Constitution to support projects from the sublime to the absurd.Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"War is hell, and hell is other people. In this serviceable account, Edmonds assures us that both adages are true."
Sometimes-harrowing memoir of time spent on the battleground in Iraq and its psychic consequences. Read full book review >
SUDDEN JUSTICE by Chris Woods
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 2015

"A cleareyed and chilling account of warfare's present and future."
Detailed history of the armed drone's prominence in the war on terror, focused on the controversial tactic of targeted assassination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A useful hands-on resource for development visionaries."
How an unlikely 15-year partnership between an American college graduate and a South African schoolteacher created a model nonprofit to help stabilize and educate children in the poorest townships. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Well-documented and easy-to-comprehend data on why men need more paid time off to be with their newborn children."
Using his personal experience as a jumping-off point, journalist and "dad columnist" Levs examines the need for more paternity leave in the United States. Read full book review >
THE EDGE BECOMES THE CENTER by DW Gibson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Not quite Terkel or Jane Jacobs redux, but Gibson delivers adequate sociology about current urban life, with the edgy, pungent flavor of the Big Apple."
A New York journalist finds the vox populi of the metropolis in regard to the vexing problem of gentrification.Read full book review >
WAGES OF REBELLION by Chris Hedges
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Like early-20th-century muckraking journalists and, more recently, I.F. Stone, Hedges makes a boisterous, outspoken contribution to revolutionizing the national conversation."
A call for a new American revolution. Read full book review >
FREEDOM OF SPEECH by David K. Shipler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Good stories, great interviews, and a potent plea on behalf of vigilant listening."
A Pulitzer Prize winner surveys the American cultural and political landscape and asks if "the freedom to hear" remains intact. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Libertarians may squall, but investors just beginning to look at emerging market trends may find value in this book."
Danger! Opportunity! In this snack from the business-class galley, three McKinsey Global Institute researchers serve up a view of a future that "presents difficult, often existential challenges to leaders of companies, organizations, cities, and countries." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 12, 2015

"Despite some boggy, unspecific acronym-speak, the authors offer useful examples and takeaway advice."
Former leader of the Joint Special Operations Task Force in Iraq lends his gutsy insight to the management breakdown of that effort, which ushered in huge changes from the top down. Read full book review >
MADAM AMBASSADOR by Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"A flat-footed and mostly self-serving account."
A memoir of Kounalakis' three-and-a-half years as ambassador to Hungary under President Barack Obama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >