Current Affairs Book Reviews

KILL THE SILENCE by Monika Kørra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An intimate and honest memoir of survival after trauma."
A former Southern Methodist University track star's account of how she survived a brutal rape that changed her life. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Promising prescriptions to five of India's baneful environmental cases—right thinking and accusatory in all the right places."
Journalist Subramanian examines a handful of environmental woes besetting India, along with hopeful remedies. Read full book review >

NEAR AND DISTANT NEIGHBORS by Jonathan Haslam
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Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A well-executed narrative of the mechanics behind the Cold War that may be a bit too dense and/or dry for casual readers."
Intensely detailed history of the Russian spy services, from the revolution through glasnost. Read full book review >
THE WIKILEAKS FILES by WikiLeaks
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Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"It will be left to other books to argue whether WikiLeaks is right or wrong in their mission and approach. This one gives solid context to the cables themselves, explaining what they mean to the wider world."
Parsing the nearly 2.5 million diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Read full book review >
THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR by Amy Klobuchar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A flawed but deeply personal recounting of one woman's rise through the political ranks."
A comprehensive autobiography by the first female U.S. senator from Minnesota. Read full book review >

SHOTS ON THE BRIDGE by Ronnie Greene
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Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A poignant and skillful examination of a case that adds to the ongoing public debate about corrupt police practices, the militarization of local law enforcement, and convoluted legal decisions."
Associated Press investigative journalist Greene (Night Fire: Big Oil, Poison Air, and Margie Richard's Fight to Save Her Town, 2009) examines the shockingly overlooked case of police brutality that left six unarmed citizens shot during the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.Read full book review >
MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED by Tony Wagner
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Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Of some interest to curriculum-reform advocates and policy planners but without the fire and grace of Ivan Illich, Neil Postman, and others."
Public education is underfunded and undervalued. An education expert and a venture capitalist look to improve the situation. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE MACHINE by Megan Prelinger
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Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Sophisticated in its grasp of science and technological history but also accessible to general readers."
A highly original cultural history of 20th-century technology examined through the lens of commercial art. Read full book review >
PLEASE FORWARD by Cynthia Joyce
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Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A book that preserves testimony that might have disappeared amid the news cycles and Web overflow."
A collection of blog posts bears witness to the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
BECAUSE WE SAY SO by Noam Chomsky
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Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"These writings will cause anger and outrage. However, though Chomsky raises our hackles, he doesn't really tell us what to do."
Chomsky's (Making the Future, 2012, etc.) latest collection of brief essays, written between 2011 and 2015, proves that he hasn't lost his talent for screaming at Americans to wake up.Read full book review >
THE HAUNTING OF THE MEXICAN BORDER by Kathryn Ferguson
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Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A wise and humane account that draws on a lifetime of exploring the border country and pondering its meaning."
A memoir that grapples with life, death, and documentary filmmaking on the United States-Mexico border. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A witty, compassionate read from a thoughtful author."
A mature, thoughtful perspective on American warfare in the 21st century and a detailed explanation of the advantages and drawbacks of Transcendental Meditation. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >