Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

ISLAMIC EXCEPTIONALISM by Shadi Hamid
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Fresh, provocative thinking on the 'Arab problem.'"
Why can't the Islamic world be more secular and liberal like "we" are? Read full book review >
TO PROTECT AND SERVE by Norm Stamper
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"A vivid, well-written, vitally important book."
Most of the nation's approximately 18,000 police departments receive scathing criticism from one of their own: an author who began as a San Diego beat cop in 1966 and rose to become a police chief in Seattle. Read full book review >

GRUNT by Mary Roach
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Battlefield R&D is a topic too fascinating to ruin, so readers who can tolerate the author's relentless flippancy will not regret the experience."
A cannon fires grocery chickens at parked jets, testing ways to protect planes against bird strikes. Readers encountering this esoteric project on the first page will settle back to enjoy another patented scientific romp, this one on battlefield research, by journalist Roach (Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"An impassioned, learned plea for the importance of shared values, rather than coldhearted calculations, as the basis of diplomacy."
As Israelis and American Jews drift further apart culturally and politically, the nature of the unique relationship between the two countries is changing. Read full book review >
EXECUTING GRACE by Shane Claiborne
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"In this often moving and unsettling book, Claiborne provides a meaningful contribution to a deeply fraught topic."
Passionate Christian activist Claiborne (The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, 2006, etc.) uses Scripture and societal statistics in an argument for the abolishment of the death penalty. Read full book review >

THE RISE AND FALL OF NATIONS by Ruchir Sharma
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Evenhanded, measured, sage advice on the global economy."
This efficient, positive guide for the practical observer and investor shows how to choose healthy emerging markets. Read full book review >
THE PIVOT by Kurt M. Campbell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Invaluable for Asia policy wonks but not recommended for general readers."
A former top diplomat promotes the much-ballyhooed "Pivot to Asia." Read full book review >
RATF**KED by David Daley
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"A chilling intimation of the growing entrenchment of partisan politics."
An alarming study of the GOP's redrawing of the American political map across the country. Read full book review >
THE WAY TO THE SPRING by Ben Ehrenreich
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Released: June 14, 2016

"Although Ehrenreich feels optimistic about the determination of Palestinians to resist, this visceral book, sorrowfully, portends no end to the horror."
A devastating portrait of unending turbulence in Palestine. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 14, 2016

"Stern's T-shirt slogan puts it well: 'It's really not that complicated.' Pipe dream it may be, but this is a book eminently worth talking about."
Want pie in the sky? How about convincing Americans to accept the "almost un-American" premise of a guaranteed income for all? Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 14, 2016

"Uplifting, well-written story of personal courage and political empowerment."
The moving personal stories behind the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which established the right of same-sex couples to marry in all 50 states. Read full book review >
SPIRAL by Mark Danner
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Released: June 14, 2016

"A chilling cautionary tale of Orwellian repercussions."
A somber examination of why the war on terror has stretched over 15 years and appears to have no end in sight. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >