Current Affairs Book Reviews

THE AGE OF JIHAD by Patrick Cockburn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A compelling series of dispatches from a journalist who has learned the hard golden rule in Iraq: 'to forecast the worst possible outcome.'"
A veteran British war journalist offers a diary of events on the ground from the overthrow of the Taliban to the rise of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Kitfield gets inside the U.S. military 'brotherhood' to produce an engaging and chilling report."
A compelling chronological examination of the new intelligence-driven, multiagency counterterrorism model the U.S. military now uses to meet the "Age of Superterrorism." Read full book review >

IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA by Gary Younge
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society."
The tragic stories of 10 kids killed by gunfire. Read full book review >
WAGING WAR by David J. Barron
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A first-rate history filled with revealing incidents and informed analysis."
A 1st Circuit Court of Appeals judge chronicles the centurieslong push/pull between the executive and the legislative branches over the conduct of America's wars. Read full book review >

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN INNOCENT by James Duane
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Well-informed, scary, sobering, and sure to tick off police officers and prosecutors even as it contributes to keeping innocent people out of jail."
Building on his much-viewed YouTube video "Don't Talk to the Police," former criminal defense attorney and legal scholar Duane (Regent Univ. School of Law) offers a cogent, concise argument for keeping silent. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO KNEW by Sebastian Mallaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A well-crafted, thorough biography sure to interest students of the modern economy and financial system."
The life of perhaps the wonkiest financial theorist to sit at the helm of the Federal Reserve. Read full book review >
PROGRESS by Johan Norberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A refreshingly rosy assessment of how far many of us have come from the days when life was uniformly nasty, brutish, and short."
Cato Institute senior fellow Norberg (Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis, 2009, etc.) surveys human history and finds "things have been getting better—overwhelmingly so." Read full book review >
Liberal Quicksand by Yves Decock
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Released: Jan. 22, 2016

"A lively examination of the intransigent persistence of nationalism."
A debut book offers a history of nationalism and its application to contemporary global affairs. Read full book review >
YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY HATE by Antoine Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Courageous and inspirational, without a wasted word."
A book that no one would ever want to write proves powerfully, painfully difficult to read. Read full book review >
EXILED IN AMERICA by Christopher Dum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Dum's scholarly apparatus is on full display, which will please specialists but should not deter general readers. His exceptional view of what's happening to the weakest among us deserves a place on the same shelf with Matthew Desmond's groundbreaking book Evicted (2016)."
Dum (Sociology/Kent State Univ.) debuts with an ethnographic study of a year in the life of a residential motel. Read full book review >
SHADOW COURTS by Haley Sweetland Edwards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Edwards does a great service for the public by turning the spotlight of disclosure on this dark corner of international relations."
TIME investigative reporter Edwards charges that the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement tribunals at the heart of many current trade deals represent a major shift in global relations in favor of private corporate interests. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >