Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 2)

THE LEAST AMONG US by Rosa L.  DeLauro
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"An impassioned, urgent defense of democratic values and the role of government to serve and benefit all citizens."
What is the purpose of government? As longtime Connecticut congresswoman DeLauro answers quite simply, the purpose is to use legislative power to protect, aid, and fight for the country's most vulnerable and at-risk citizens. Read full book review >
LOVING by Sheryll Cashin
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A concise, powerful reflection on the 50th anniversary of the landmark case."
A sobering look at the centrality of whiteness to the nation's founding and growth, both before and after Loving v. Virginia, the significant 1967 Supreme Court case. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An instructive tale of one man's 'burning mission to bring back manufacturing and innovation to America.'"
An award-winning science journalist charges that the United States is ceding first place to the Chinese in the development of technologies invented by American scientists. Read full book review >
AN UNLIKELY AUDIENCE by William Lafi Youmans
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2017

"An interesting but very academic history of a polarizing media presence."
The rise and fall and plateau of a controversial media outlet's attempt to penetrate the American market. Read full book review >
THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ by Thomas M. Renahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"An overlong but noncynical, eye-opening book that amply shows how America's civilian work aiding democratic reconstruction in Iraq is unfinished."
A dense, informed chronicle of a U.S. Agency for International Development civilian officer's three deployments to Iraq. Read full book review >

CROSSING THE RIVER KABUL by Kevin  McLean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2017

"Details of Afghan tribal life and family well-delineated."
A Western writer affectingly takes up the voice of a beleaguered Afghan man and his harrowing flight out of his war-torn country. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2017

"Academic history light on bombast, with clear relevance to our current unsettled moment."
Evenhanded account of society's persistent embrace of surveillance for security and control. Read full book review >
DESTINED FOR WAR by Graham Allison
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A timely, reasoned treatise by a keen observer and historian."
A pertinent study of the relationship between the United States and China, in which "a rapidly ascending China [is] challeng[ing] America's accustomed predominance." Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF OLIVES AND ASH by Michael Chabon
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 30, 2017

"Deeply unsettling, important stories call for urgent responses to the Middle East conflict."
On the 50th anniversary of Israeli occupation of Palestine, top writers bear witness to oppression and despair. Read full book review >
THE END OF LOYALTY by Rick Wartzman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A lively history with relevance to every worker."
A sharp-edged examination of why large American employers shifted from loyalty to their workers to loyalty focused primarily on stockholders. Read full book review >
AL FRANKEN, GIANT OF THE SENATE by Al Franken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2017

"Here's how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill—and in Franken's case, made with a smile."
The nation's funniest senator speaks of the strange ways of government by "old white men." Read full book review >
GEEK GIRL RISING by Samantha Walravens
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A well-organized if sometimes-superficial survey of the successes and occasional failures of women working in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field."
Concentrating on the years 2014 through 2016, journalists Cabot and Walravens (editor: Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, 2011) tell the stories of dozens of women who are working in or leading tech companies. 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 >