Current Affairs Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A gripping chronicle by a daring pilot with an indomitable spirit."
A memoir from an Air National Guard pilot who was shot down on a search-and-rescue mission during her third tour of duty in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2017

"An intense, important read for anyone interested in the American government's misguided efforts at Guantánamo."
Two former detainees of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp come forward with their story after being declared innocent and freed. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A timely, cogent work that should be required reading for policymakers."
A call for an Army-led volunteer corps to revitalize rural and small-town America. Read full book review >
TEETH by Mary Otto
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A focused, well-researched depiction of the dental industry's social and cultural relevance and its dire need for reform."
An astute examination of the complex, insular business of oral health care. Read full book review >
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES by Dan Egan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"Not light reading but essential for policymakers—and highly recommended for the 40 million people who rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water."
An alarming account of the "slow-motion catastrophe" facing the world's largest freshwater system. Read full book review >

DEFACTO FEMINISM by Judy Juanita
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"The author refers to herself as 'an observational ironist,' and her incisive comments on black life's contradictions make this essay collection a winner."
This extraordinary set of autobiographical essays gives insight into a black woman's life in the arts: everything from joining the Black Panthers to avoiding African-American chick lit. Read full book review >
UTOPIA FOR REALISTS by Rutger Bregman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 14, 2017

"Raise the minimum wage? No. Give everyone a basic income, smash the machines, and work a couple of days per week—that's the ticket. A provocative pleasure to contemplate."
A spirited and practical manifesto for improving the odds of making a heaven on Earth. Read full book review >
THE END OF EUROPE by James Kirchick
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 7, 2017

"Students of geopolitics and current affairs would do well to spend time with this book, which, though deceptively slender, contains multitudes."
A journey across the ideological and literal battlegrounds of the Old World, featuring reports full of dire portent. Read full book review >
AGE OF ANGER by Pankaj Mishra
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A probing, well-informed investigation of global unrest calling for 'truly transformative thinking' about humanity's future."
How the failures of capitalism have led to "fear, confusion, loneliness and loss"—and global anger. Read full book review >
WISH LANTERNS by Alec Ash
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Sensitive, fascinating reports."
Novelistic anecdotes reveal Chinese young people struggling with universal themes of education, employment, and love. Read full book review >
A COLONY IN A NATION by Chris Hayes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 21, 2017

"A timely and impassioned argument for social justice."
Profound contrasts in policing and incarceration reveal disparate Americas. Read full book review >
THE SEINFELD ELECTION by C. Owen Paepke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 24, 2016

"A brief but astute primer on the nation's economic vulnerabilities."
An analysis of the grim economic challenges that may confront the United States in the near future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >