Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

PUTIN by Richard Lourie
Released: July 18, 2017

"Solid overall, as crystal-ball geopolitical treatises go, though with enough hedging to allow for a broad range of outcomes."
It's only a matter of time, writes longtime Russia hand Lourie (A Hatred for Tulips, 2007, etc.), before Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds and his imperial project comes tumbling down. Or is it? Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"A chorus of lyrical voices singing hopefully about a most contentious, divisive, and violent situation."
Two co-founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), mother and son, collect an array of emotional pieces from this international gathering of writers begun in 2008. Read full book review >

Released: July 18, 2017

"Dense, comprehensive arguments certain to bring awareness to the epidemic of police brutality against historically vulnerable at-risk minority groups."
A race and gender researcher and equality activist delivers a thorough treatise on police brutality. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S BARGAIN by Joshua Green
Released: July 18, 2017

"Behind the scenes and ripped from the headlines, Green's saga exuberantly traces Trump's wild ride to the presidency."
How a radical conservative with "cult-leader magnetism" became a powerful political force. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable."
Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males. Read full book review >

WE ARE SYRIANS by Adam Braver
Released: July 11, 2017

"Compelling narratives that reveal a grave disillusionment with the world's responses to the Syrian crisis."
Three Syrians who have faced down their country's police state tell their respective first-person stories. Read full book review >
THE DARKENING WEB by Alexander  Klimburg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Klimburg delivers an urgent warning that civil libertarians and cybernauts alike will want to heed."
Of the free internet and its discontents, who are many and powerful. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"Thoughtfully provocative reading."
The story of a mutually transformative friendship between the author and a black student she met as a Teach for America volunteer in Arkansas. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"As this fine book shows, when it comes to Western interactions with Africa, meaning well is a necessary but far from sufficient condition."
In her sure-to-be-controversial first book, Christian Science Monitor correspondent Hanes investigates why so many Western-led conservation efforts in Africa go so wrong so often. Read full book review >
CHOKEHOLD by Paul Butler
Released: July 11, 2017

"Smart, filled rightfully with righteous indignation, and demanding broad discussion and the widest audience."
"If this chapter reads like a nightmare, it is because that's exactly what the criminal system is for an African American man"—a searing look at the interactions of law enforcement and black men by a former prosecutor. Read full book review >
ALL THE AGENTS AND SAINTS by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
Released: July 10, 2017

"In this well-conceived book, the author demonstrates unforgettably that national borders constitute much more than lines on a map."
An exploration of the borderlands that deftly mixes memoir, groundbreaking sociology, deep reporting, and compelling writing. Read full book review >
STATE OF TERROR by Thomas Suárez
Released: July 6, 2017

"A relentless, hard-hitting, ultimately one-note polemic."
A chronicle of Zionist sins since the beginning of the "settler project" in the 1920s to the 1956 Suez Crisis. 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 >