Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

NEAR AND DISTANT NEIGHBORS by Jonathan Haslam
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A well-executed narrative of the mechanics behind the Cold War that may be a bit too dense and/or dry for casual readers."
Intensely detailed history of the Russian spy services, from the revolution through glasnost. Read full book review >
KILL THE SILENCE by Monika Kørra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"An intimate and honest memoir of survival after trauma."
A former Southern Methodist University track star's account of how she survived a brutal rape that changed her life. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Promising prescriptions to five of India's baneful environmental cases—right thinking and accusatory in all the right places."
Journalist Subramanian examines a handful of environmental woes besetting India, along with hopeful remedies. Read full book review >
THE WIKILEAKS FILES by WikiLeaks
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"It will be left to other books to argue whether WikiLeaks is right or wrong in their mission and approach. This one gives solid context to the cables themselves, explaining what they mean to the wider world."
Parsing the nearly 2.5 million diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks. Read full book review >
THE SENATOR NEXT DOOR by Amy Klobuchar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A flawed but deeply personal recounting of one woman's rise through the political ranks."
A comprehensive autobiography by the first female U.S. senator from Minnesota. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A brief, genuine, heartfelt memoir of an awe-inspiring life."
A South African nurse's memoir of how she escaped grinding poverty to become a beloved advocate for and caretaker of homeless children. Read full book review >
AFTER NATURE by Jedediah Purdy
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Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A profound vision of post-humanistic ethics."
Purdy (Law/Duke Univ.; A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom, 2009, etc.) examines the growing awareness of the relationship between humans and other species, which could create "a Copernican revolution in ethical imagination." Read full book review >
THE ISRAELI MIND by Alon Gratch
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Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A solid overview of how psychology, rather than violence, might provide the way to peace."
An attempt "to forge a comprehensive, provocative, and accessible narrative about the Israeli mind." Read full book review >
$2.00 A DAY by Kathryn J. Edin
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An eye-opening account of the lives ensnared in the new poverty cycle."
An analysis of the growing portion of American poor who live on an average of $2 per day. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE IN AUSTIN by Javier Auyero
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A scholarly study conducted with dignity and thoroughness."
A sociological study focusing on the experiences of 11 characters toiling in the underbelly of a vibrant American city. Read full book review >
RELENTLESS STRIKE by Sean Naylor
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Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Packed with anecdotes that will appeal to dedicated military buffs, but the encyclopedic prose will lose average readers."
A history of the Joint Special Operations Command, one of the most elite and little-understood pieces of the American military. Read full book review >
THE AUDACIOUS ASCETIC by Flagg Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Dense, scholarly, and bizarrely compelling."
A painstakingly researched examination of a "never-before-studied" collection of 1,500 audiotapes detailing Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida's theoretical and organizational development. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >