Current Affairs Book Reviews

A FINE MESS by T.R. Reid
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 4, 2017

"Though Reid's topic may be anathema to many readers, he makes it relentlessly revelatory and simple to understand."
An exploration of the absurd complexity of the American tax system and an astute comparison to many examples of simpler, effective tax collection by other governments around the world. Read full book review >
A $500 HOUSE IN DETROIT by Drew Philp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A standout in the Detroit rehab genre."
A young man finds joy in a "place they said no one could love." Read full book review >

A LAND WITHOUT BORDERS by Nir Baram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"From horror to fatigue to indifference, an important look forward and back that provides a grass-roots sense that one state needs to satisfy sovereignty for all."
An honest and troubling snapshot of Israel—both Palestinian and Israeli—that reveals the creeping realization that a two-state solution may no longer be possible. Read full book review >
JANESVILLE by Amy  Goldstein
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 18, 2017

"A simultaneously enlightening and disturbing look at working-class lives in America's heartland."
A Midwestern town struggles to survive in the aftermath of an economic disaster. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Nathaniel Frank
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 24, 2017

"Frank's strikingly detailed, essential reportage reminds readers of the gay community's enduring fight for equality."
A diligent archive of gay marriage equality from its roots as a hopeful pipe dream to its realization as a civil right. Read full book review >

ANATOMY OF TERROR by Ali H. Soufan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 2, 2017

"In a dizzying scenario of violence, Soufan provides clarity and balance."
Tracing the hydra-headed reach of al-Qaida and how its leadership morphed into the Islamic Caliphate of Iraq and elsewhere. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY by Condoleezza Rice
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 9, 2017

"Some readers may not be convinced, but this book deserves a broad audience, especially in our current political climate."
George W. Bush's secretary of state returns to her academic roots with this accessibly written study of that imperfect but ideal form of government. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH by Michael Chabon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 30, 2017

"Deeply unsettling, important stories call for urgent responses to the Middle East conflict."
On the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation of Palestine, top writers bear witness to oppression and despair. Read full book review >
DESTINED FOR WAR by Graham Allison
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 30, 2017

"A timely, reasoned treatise by a keen observer and historian."
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >