Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

FROM THE LEFT by Bill Press
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A lively and refreshing memoir."
A politically liberal radio and TV host reflects on his unconventional career path. Read full book review >
Released: March 13, 2018

"The specter of Chinese dominance, McMahon writes, is less daunting than the likelihood of the Chinese economy's failure. Of considerable interest, especially to investors in the Chinese market."
China is poised to overtake the United States, and the rest of the developed world, economically by the year 2030. Or is it? To gauge by this account, Western capitalists can breathe a little easier. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"Enough time has passed for some of Kaplan's forecasts to develop cracks—e.g., China has not yet stumbled—but much rings true, and all are presented with enough verve and insight to tempt readers to set it aside to reread in a few years."
The veteran political affairs journalist returns with a collection of essays that have been published in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the National Interest, and other venues. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An urgent and compelling report on the clear and present danger of proto-fascism in the U.S."
After becoming a victim of unhinged anti-Semitic hatred, trolled and cyberstalked by fringe-right bigots, a journalist delivers his forceful response. Read full book review >
THE JUSTICE OF CONTRADICTIONS by Richard L. Hasen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Recommended particularly for attorneys and other legal professionals who can appreciate, analyze, and critique the author's viewpoint for themselves."
An influential legal commentator grapples with the jurisprudential legacy of Antonin Scalia (1936-2016). Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"A timely, intensely intimate, and relevant exposé on a greatly disregarded sector of the American workforce."
An investigative report exposes rampant workplace sexual abuse against female immigrant workers. Read full book review >
THE BEEKEEPER by Dunya Mikhail
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"All but true believers suffer under Daesh, Mikhail makes abundantly clear—but especially women. A powerful study."
An Iraqi journalist and poet long resident in New York returns to her native country to chronicle the misfortunes of Yazidi women under the rule of the Islamic State group. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"A valuable book from a sensible centrist who writes with great knowledge and good humor."
Blinder (Economics and Public Affairs/Princeton Univ.; After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead, 2013, etc.) argues that economists and politicians often talk past one another. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2018

"A book that suggests that doing whatever you can is better than doing nothing."
Humanizing the crisis of climate change helps a science educator see at least a ray of hope while sounding the alarm. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >
AGAINST ELECTIONS by David Van Reybrouck
Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers who disagree with the cure may at least recognize the incisiveness of the diagnosis."
A radical remedy to save the essence of democracy, which is diseased and potentially dying. Read full book review >
TWO SISTERS by Åsne Seierstad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"'Is it ethically defensible to focus on the lives of two girls when they have not granted their consent?' Seierstad wonders at the end. That is for readers to decide, now knowing much more about what drives people to fanatical causes."
In which the sins of the children are visited upon the fathers: an unblinking journalistic account of the life of the jihadi. 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 >