Current Affairs Book Reviews

ARMY OF NONE by Paul Scharre
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clear, well-written, and richly documented discussion of an issue that deserves deep and careful study."
Former Army Ranger Scharre, the director of the Future of War Initiative at the Center for a New American Security, looks at the technical, strategic, and ethical questions raised by autonomous weapons, which are closer to reality than many civilians may realize. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A carefully assembled, thorough book that should be required reading for corporate leaders."
Former Secretary of State Rice (Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, 2017, etc.) and Zegart (Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community, 2011, etc.), both Stanford political scientists, describe how political risk can affect businesses—and what to do about it. Read full book review >

Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America's future."
An illuminating trip through "parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight." Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"An appealing blend of sports history and provocative discussion of race and success, respect and representation in America."
A well-researched meditation on the historical pressures on African-American athletes to embrace (or avoid) political engagement. Read full book review >
A THIRSTY LAND by Seamus McGraw
Released: May 9, 2018

"Observers of Western water ways will want to have this on their shelves alongside the likes of Marc Reisner and Charles Bowden."
A hard look at a hard problem: finding sufficient water to live in a place without much of it. Read full book review >

SEX MONEY MURDER by Jonathan Green
Released: May 15, 2018

"A disturbing yet necessary, significant book by a journalist willing to place himself in danger."
The bloody history of a violent Bronx-based gang in the middle of the crack epidemic. Read full book review >
BROTHERS OF THE GUN by Marwan Hisham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A sharp, searing view of war from the front lines and an important contribution to understanding how a nation can disintegrate before one's eyes."
A richly detailed, sometimes horrifying account of the Syrian civil war. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
Released: May 21, 2018

"Already slated for feature film treatment, Carreyrou's exposé is a vivid, cinematic portrayal of serpentine Silicon Valley corruption."
A deep investigative report on the sensationalistic downfall of multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Excellent drawing accompanies a remarkable story of persistence—and yet the artist still has trouble making a living in his native Cambodia, while human trafficking on land and sea continues to flourish."
A harrowing graphic memoir by a Cambodian survivor of human trafficking. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DISCONTENT by John L. Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Free of fake news, a smart, engaging road map regarding 'what happened.'"
Accessible analysis of the social trends that prefaced the shock to democracy of Donald Trump's electoral victory. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A bright, informative take on an industry in turmoil."
How technological change has "convulsed" the advertising industry. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An intense, riveting report on a public health crisis and a network of heroes on the front lines."
A chilling update on the most drug-ravaged sectors of North America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >