Current Affairs Book Reviews

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 >
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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 >
IT'S WHAT I DO by Lynsey Addario
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Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A brutally real and unrelentingly raw memoir that is as inspiring as it is horrific."
A remarkable journalistic achievement from a Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Fellowship winner that crystalizes the last 10 years of global war and strife while candidly portraying the intimate life of a female photojournalist. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A meticulously detailed feat of rare footage inside the DPRK's propaganda machinery."
Exhaustively researched, highly engrossing chronicle of the outrageous abduction of a pair of well-known South Korean filmmakers by the nefarious network of North Korea's Kim Jong-Il. Read full book review >
RED NOTICE by Bill Browder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"It may be that 'Russian stories never have happy endings,' but Browder's account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin's thugocracy."
An American-born financier spins an almost unbelievable tale of the "poisoned" psychology afflicting business life in Vladimir Putin's Russia. Read full book review >
GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy
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Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city."
Los Angeles Times reporter and editor Leovy looks at the thinly veiled racist origins of violence in South Central LA. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CAMP DELTA by Joseph Hickman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A plainly told, unsettling corrective to the many jingoistic accounts of post-9/11 military action."
Disturbing account of abuse and secrecy at the Guantánamo Bay military prison, tied to the deaths of three detainees. Read full book review >
GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law."
A harrowing prison memoir, the first to date by an inmate who is behind bars at the Cuban penitentiary that has become a byword for an American gulag. Read full book review >
THE DOGS ARE EATING THEM NOW by Graeme Smith
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Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A dragon awaits, in other words. Cheerless and even nightmarish, one of the best books yet about the war in Central Asia."
Think Afghanistan is bad now? Just wait until American forces leave entirely and the dragon rises again. Read full book review >
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Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An informative and enlightening appraisal of the regimented tests that American schoolchildren of all ages are subjected to taking on a regular basis."
New debates about the worthiness of standardized testing in schools. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >