Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

UNDER SURVEILLANCE by Randolph  Lewis
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Will appeal to sociologists and students of cultural studies and behaviors."
An academic consideration of the cultural meanings behind increasing surveillance and post-9/11 securitization. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A clear, concise, well-organized call for action designed to reach a general audience."
An expert on juvenile sentencing and criminal justice reform asserts that the American juvenile justice system, once a world leader, is now in dire need of reform. Read full book review >

HOW WE WON AND LOST THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN by Douglas  Grindle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Maddening, but helpful in pointing the way toward meaningful reforms in the conduct of American policy in the region."
The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, with more to come. Journalist and military analyst Grindle shows why that loss of treasure has amounted to so little. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Harris still has plenty to learn, but he provides an informative study of why the millennial generation faces more struggles than expected, despite the hard work they've invested in moving ahead."
A millennial writer talks about the coming crises his generation will face. Read full book review >
WHAT UNITES US by Dan Rather
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere in spite of dangers foreign and domestic."
One of the deans of the Fourth Estate defends the traditional American values he learned to cherish in childhood, now under threat in a tempestuous political and economic climate. Read full book review >

WHAT FUTURE by Torie  Bosch
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A mixed bag studded with insights."
A sober, no-holds-barred view of the world that lies ahead. Read full book review >
THE LAST GIRL by Nadia  Murad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A devastating yet ultimately inspiring memoir that doubles as an urgent call to action."
A raw, terrifying account of religious genocide and life in captivity under the Islamic State by a young Yazidi woman who survived it. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Required reading for those who want to understand the connections between Muslims and terrorism."
A U.S. Army War College instructor shares his scholarship about the Muslim faith through the centuries to explain how a minority of Muslims became global terrorists. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Important documentation of the free market's aggressive intersection with the war on crime."
Evenhanded investigation of private prisons, focused on industry opacity and the moral problems behind its largely unchecked growth. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"It's not exactly le Carré, but solid reporting and analysis meet a good sense of narrative, making this book more fluent and less dismal than its subject might suggest."
The U.S. and other powers are battling terrorist organizations militarily—but also fiscally, cutting off funding sources and intercepting the flow of money into enemy hands. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An eloquent affirmation of the vast capacity of the human heart."
An Academy Award-winning filmmaker makes her literary debut with the stunning account of Gladys Kalibbala, who has devoted herself to rescuing lost children in Uganda. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities."
How the impending rise in sea levels caused by increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air will make life on the edge of the ocean very different over the next century. 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 >