Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: July 4, 2017

"A treasure vault for vexillologists, full of meaning beyond the hue and thread of the world's banners."
Of flags grand and old, black and blue, marking us and them and giving us all the license we need to kill. Read full book review >
A STONE OF HOPE by Jim St. Germain
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"An affecting and earnest testimonial to the power of a humane criminal system built on rehabilitation more than punishment."
A young African-American man's memoir of a life of crime redirected. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
A naturalist and environmental activist chronicles his 2008 ocean journey to draw attention to the blight of plastic waste in the world's oceans. Read full book review >
THE RAQQA DIARIES by Samer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2017

"A moving, urgent work of political awareness."
A rare, terrifying glimpse inside the Islamic State group (referred to here as Daesh) by a young hounded Syrian student. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE OOZE by Alexander Zaitchik
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2017

"For liberals already mad about the health care debate, this book offers compelling reasons to stay angry."
A freelance journalist investigates one of Donald Trump's officials and the battle for health care in America. Read full book review >

HAVE BLACK LIVES EVER MATTERED? by Mumia Abu-Jamal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 15, 2017

"A collection to rally the believers into action rather than persuade doubters or skeptics."
A series of manifestoes in black and white, without any shades of gray. Read full book review >
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE by Souad Mekhennet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Little in this distressing, revealing book portends hope for bridge building, but Mekhennet provides an eye-opening picture."
An unsettling firsthand report on the motivations of jihadis. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"An unsettling exposé of the depth and breadth of the libertarian agenda."
How American democracy is being destroyed by powerful libertarians. Read full book review >
YOUNG RADICALS by Jeremy  McCarter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A brisk pace and sympathetic portraits make for an entertaining, well-researched history of a decade marked by ebullience, hope, and pain."
In the decade before World War I, five rebellious Americans took up the cause of socialism, progressivism, and women's suffrage. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A beautifully impressionistic exploration of shared cultural understanding despite the narrowing of borders."
One of Palestine's most respected writers reflects on 50 years of Israeli occupation and riven friendships. Read full book review >
THE RETREAT OF WESTERN LIBERALISM by Edward Luce
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Learned and well-considered, but if indeed Western liberal values are in danger of extinction, readers may seek more urgency."
Trump, Putin, Kim, Xi: given the current lineup, can the ideals of the Enlightenment endure? Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN FLIGHT by Stuart H. Newberger
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A capably sorted delineation of a complex, important court case against Libyan terrorism that required years to extract accountability and compensation for the victims."
The story of a 1989 plane crash that killed 170 people and eventually became "the greatest murder case in French history." 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 >