Current Affairs Book Reviews

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 >
Released: May 15, 2018

"A powerful and necessarily uncomfortable text lacking suggestions for a path forward."
The impassioned story of one woman's journey into activism. 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 >
STANDOFF by Bill Schneider
Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for political junkies."
Former CNN senior political analyst Schneider (Government/George Mason Univ.) offers a thoughtful account of how American politics have changed from the 1960s to the age of Trump. Read full book review >
LETTERS TO MY PALESTINIAN NEIGHBOR by Yossi Klein Halevi
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 2018

"A good choice for any reader with an interest in Middle Eastern affairs, though perhaps unlikely to sway those whose minds are made up."
A plea for "radical goodwill" in the face of the seemingly intractable bad blood between Israelis and Palestinians. Read full book review >

THE FEARS OF THE RICH, THE NEEDS OF THE POOR by William H. Foege
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2018

"A straightforward, informative chronicle of the CDC and one of its most dedicated, prominent officials."
Wisdom gleaned throughout the career of the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 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 >
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 >
FROM COLD WAR TO HOT PEACE by Michael McFaul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"Of interest to observers of the unfolding constitutional crisis as well as of Russia's place in the international order."
A former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation offers a gimlet-eyed view of the new Cold War. 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 >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-informed and accessible guide to treating addiction."
An exploration of drug addiction and the various treatment options. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF AMERICA by Jon Meacham
Released: May 8, 2018

"Meacham ably depicts our nation's struggles to live up to Lincoln's words, but he oversells the notion that the fruits of past efforts are at risk in today's America."
An esteemed historian and author chronicles America's never-ending fight to live up to her ideals. 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 >