Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ISRAELI MIND by Alon Gratch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Useful for anyone with a horse in the race regarding law enforcement—in other words, most American citizens."
A handbook for making sense of America's approach to crime and incarceration and its effect on communities across the country. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"As the author notes early on, health care is one of the few areas where people willingly cede control over to others, but with this useful book, patients can have more say over what direction treatment takes rather than just going along for the ride."
A primer on making the right moves as an active participant in your health care. Read full book review >
BLACK MAN IN A WHITE COAT by Damon Tweedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"In this unsparingly honest chronicle, Tweedy cohesively illuminates the experiences of black doctors and black patients and reiterates the need for improved understanding of racial differences within global medical communities."
An arresting memoir that personalizes the enduring racial divide in contemporary American medicine. Read full book review >
PAID FOR by Rachel Moran
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Moran's thoughtful, highly readable, and provocative treatise shines a necessary light on a dark and underdiscussed topic."
Leaving her Dublin home and dysfunctional family at 14, Moran became homeless before she turned to prostitution to survive. Her stirring memoir chronicles her seven-year journey on the streets and in the brothels and examines the costs to society and her soul. Read full book review >
THE PRIZE by Dale Russakoff
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An absorbing entry into the burgeoning genre about necessary education reforms."
The story of Chris Christie, Cory Booker, Mark Zuckerberg, and the $100 million grant for fixing New Jersey—and possibly all American—schools. Read full book review >
WEALTH, POVERTY AND POLITICS by Thomas Sowell
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"While Sowell offers no pat solutions, his implied argument that cultural considerations must inform any serious attempt at improving the economic prospects of an underperforming nation or group merits serious consideration."
A provocative analysis of the universal causes of economic success and failure. Read full book review >
FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD by Elmira Bayrasli
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A sharp, thought-provoking study."
A foreign policy/business expert examines how entrepreneurs in developing countries are revolutionizing "business, investment, economics, politics, and society." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >