Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

UNITED STATES OF JIHAD by Peter L. Bergen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Thoughtful and sensitive, Bergen's book faces a nightmare scenario head-on."
A frightening survey of Islamic terrorists bred on American soil. Read full book review >
THE INDUSTRIES OF THE FUTURE by Alec Ross
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Discerning insights on approaching changes to our economic and social landscapes and solid advice on how we should navigate them."
From the former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a survey of technologies that will dominate the global economy in the coming decades. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Optimistic and full of good intentions: a book for green-money investors and consumers bent on putting their money to work in positive ways."
A new specter of capitalism looms, portending an era of social responsibility instead of Gilded Age greed. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"Fiscal-policy wonks will find this look at the financial system illuminating, though ordinary investors and civilians will find it daunting."
The chair of Barack Obama's Global Development Council warns that the economy is bound for more bumpiness, stress, and course-altering ahead, "potentially quite suddenly." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A provocative, well-told story of love at all costs and an incisive examination of the continued violation of women's rights in Afghanistan."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist's account of how two young Afghanis from warring ethnic clans risked disgrace and death to wed each other.Read full book review >

TOWARD A MORE PERFECT UNIVERSITY by Jonathan R. Cole
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"An ambitious and visionary examination of American universities and 'how to develop them still further so that they may maximize their full potential.'"
A distinguished Columbia University sociology professor and former provost examines how American universities must evolve to maintain their global pre-eminence. Read full book review >
THE LAST THOUSAND by Jeffrey E. Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"Stern carefully and gingerly sifts through the changes wrought not only by the American presence, but, critically, by their withdrawal."
A personalized rendering of a decade's toll of war on one vilified segment of the Afghan populace determined to change its destiny. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A striking exploration of the horrors of mass violence in the Western Hemisphere, with the author offering hope that radical policies could provide positive change."
British journalist Grillo (El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency, 2011) risks life and limb to interview gangsters, police, and victims of violence in this harrowing account of Latin American crime syndicates.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An important contribution to an ongoing debate."
Two former Senate majority leaders contend that American party politics has gone off the rails, and they offer suggestions on how to get back on track. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"Readers in Texas—and even nationally—who want change should pay attention and get started on the author's to-do lists. She knows the territory, and she wants it back."
How to change the political landscape in Texas, "the reddest of the red-hot states, covered by a big bubble that protects the most reactionary, radical, and rabid set of officeholders that much of the country has ever seen." Read full book review >
BLOOD AND EARTH by Kevin Bales
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A cleareyed account of man's inhumanity to man and Earth. Read it to get informed, and then take action."
In a heart-wrenching narrative, Bales (Ending Slavery: How We Free Today's Slaves, 2007, etc.) explores modern slavery and the devastating effects on its victims as well as the environmental degradation caused by this morally reprehensible institution.Read full book review >
BERNIE by Ted Rall
by Ted Rall, illustrated by Ted Rall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"An effective, if unapologetically partisan, primer on a strong voice from the left to counter the Democrats' rightward shift."
More than a campaign biography, this graphic narrative traces the decline and possible resurgence of liberalism within the Democratic Party. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >