Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

FRACTURE by Joy-Ann Reid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Provocative and well-argued with plenty of clues on what to watch for in the coming presidential race."
An exploration of the relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, proving to be salutary reading for anyone who still believes that we live in a post-racial society. Read full book review >
SHAKY GROUND by Bethany McLean
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 14, 2015

"Readers of this maddening, sharp report will rightly wonder why Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been allowed to survive and why we can't do better."
The housing sector is a house of cards. Read full book review >

OBJECTIVE TROY by Scott Shane
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Shane's reporting is superb, and the way he frames the public policy debate makes the narrative compelling from start to finish."
New York Times national security reporter Shane compares and contrasts the trajectories of President Barack Obama and Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen residing in Yemen whom Obama ordered to be killed by a drone. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF FEAR by Andrew Hosken
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A tremendously useful, insightful study of the frightening spread of a culture of death."
An exploration of the spreading terror of the self-proclaimed new caliphate. Read full book review >
POPULATION WARS by Greg Graffin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The science lectures are occasionally long-winded, but Graffin's message is challenging, and the professional entertainer shines through."
While the title suggests another dire warning of a coming explosion in the world's population, in fact, the term "population wars" as used here refers to a historical pattern of populations brought into contact with one another, the ensuing conflicts, and the resulting assimilations. Read full book review >

LET THERE BE WATER by Seth M. Siegel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A major contribution to this hotly debated issue and to broader questions of environmental policy.
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An in-depth report on how Israel has combined technological innovation with conservation to achieve a water surplus at home and become a world leader in water management. Read full book review >
THE COURT AND THE WORLD by Stephen Breyer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A carefully reasoned plea for a continuing engagement of the American judiciary in establishing a worldwide rule of law."
A liberal Supreme Court justice takes on a conservative bugbear. Read full book review >
THIS MUSLIM AMERICAN LIFE by Moustafa Bayoumi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"A thoughtful study, certainly relevant if occasionally one-noted."
Closely observed, somewhat repetitive collection of mostly previously published essays by the author of the award-winning How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (2009).Read full book review >
CAR WARS by John J. Fialka
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An inspiring industrial comeback story infused with possibility."
An update on how the electric car is poised to emerge as the preferred, climate-friendly transportation of the future. Read full book review >
THE THEATER OF WAR by Bryan Doerries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Samples of his adaptations scattered throughout the book demonstrate that Doerries has a knack for putting ancient speeches into powerful modern words; hopefully, a companion volume containing the full texts will follow."
A memoir of a man with a mission, bringing the message of ancient tragedies to modern audiences in need of the comfort of their compelling truths. Read full book review >
A STREET DIVIDED by Dion Nissenbaum
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A must-read for anyone interested in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian drama."
The revealing story of a street "at the epicenter of one of the world's most intractable conflicts." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Filled with the intrigue and high stakes of a spy novel, Jacobsen's history of DARPA is as much a fascinating testament to human ingenuity as it is a paean to endless industrial warfare and the bureaucracy of the military-industrial complex."
The history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the military's top-secret research and development agency. 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 >