Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

LIES, INCORPORATED by Ari Rabin-Havt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 19, 2016

"Powerfully crafted accusations sounding the alarm on an insidious trend in political manipulation."
A damning jeremiad on how modern public policy can be exploited by corporate chicanery. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 19, 2016

"An important account of medicine's role in a world in crisis."
A behind-the-scenes look at the nascent field of humanitarian medicine as it has evolved in recent years of civil wars, famines, tsunamis, and other natural and man-made disasters. Read full book review >

THE PRAGMATIC SUPERPOWER by Ray Takeyh
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 18, 2016

"Contestable yet compelling arguments regarding the state of the 'precarious…global scene' following World War II."
A singular take on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East from World War II to the Gulf War demonstrates how a kind of accidental success was achieved by isolating the Soviet Union and avoiding prolonged U.S. entanglements. Read full book review >
GETTING TO GREEN by Frederic C. Rich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 18, 2016

"Essential reading for anyone with a stake in the environmental debate."
A corporate lawyer and conservation leader argues that only a new bipartisan coalition can end the legislative logjam facing the American environmental movement. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF SHADOWS by José Orduña
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Sharp-eyed and unsparing."
A writer and immigrant rights activist's account of his long path to citizenship and critique of United States immigration policies, especially regarding undocumented workers. Read full book review >

HOLY LANDS by Nicolas Pelham
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A lively, succinct, nonpolemical study that will offer much thought for discussion."
A sound, accessible argument for why returning to the mixed-faith communities living among each other in the Ottoman model might just save the Middle East. Read full book review >
TOMAS YOUNG'S WAR by Mark Wilkerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"An extremely poignant statement on human vulnerability and the devastation of war."
The brief yet highly courageous life of a gravely wounded Iraq War veteran. Read full book review >
THE FIGHT FOR FIFTEEN by David Rolf
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A savvy inside look at the social movement challenging decades of stark economic decline."
An expert exploration of a provocative blueprint for rescuing the American middle class through the creation of a new living wage. Read full book review >
THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN by Seymour Hersh
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2016

"The essays are densely composed, sometimes presupposing extensive reader knowledge about American military and diplomatic involvement in the affairs of geographically remote nations. Context beyond the content of the London Review of Books pieces would have added value to Hersh's reporting."
The Pulitzer Prize winner builds on his reputation as an iconic investigative journalist, skewering the conventional wisdom about the death of Osama bin Laden. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY NOW! by Amy Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"An impassioned book aiming to fuel informed participation, outrage, and dissent."
A 20-year chronicle of a radio, TV, and Internet broadcast program whose mission has been to expose, defy, and edify. Read full book review >
AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? by Yanis Varoufakis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A defensive but astute, cerebral, and engrossing polemic that conveys knowledge and authority."
The former Greek finance minister argues that the lack of political will and democratic consensus in the euro crisis portends a drift toward authoritarianism. Read full book review >
GLOBAL INEQUALITY by Branko Milanovic
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2016

"Packed with charts and graphs and not for the numerically faint of heart. For those versed in economics, however, Milanovic provides an illuminating analysis."
The rich get richer, and the world gets poorer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >