Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Experiencing North Korean 'method acting' in the most visceral way."
An ingenious method of penetrating the most isolated country in the world allows an Australian filmmaker access to what proves to be a surprisingly sympathetic North Korean soul. Read full book review >
THE DRONE MEMOS by Jameel Jaffer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The extended redactions may put off some readers, but the collection should interest those concerned with the conduct of modern warfare, fought in the courtroom as well as on the battlefield."
A trove of documents, some heavily redacted, on the American government's evolving practice of "targeted killing" of terrorists—and, sometimes, untargeted killing of civilians in the process. Read full book review >

THE DOULAS by Mary Mahoney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers."
The story of the transformative Doula Project. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A timely, significant book."
Washington Post reporter Lowery chronicles his assignment to Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of Michael Brown and how he became the newspaper's go-to journalist covering the use of deadly force against unarmed black men in other cities. Read full book review >
THE MASTER PLAN by Brian Fishman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A sage assessment showing how IS world domination could never come to pass because it has alienated too many Muslims worldwide."
A clinical dissection of the Islamic State group's blueprint for waging jihad and establishing a caliphate. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Required reading for a generation that's 'going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.'"
The celebrated New York Times columnist diagnoses this unprecedented historical moment and suggests strategies for "resilience and propulsion" that will help us adapt. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"Mitchell is careful not to ruffle too many feathers in his analysis, but many readers will wonder if officials on either side will follow his proposals."
A former U.S. senator and diplomatic negotiator considers the history of Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy over three-plus decades and what prospects for peace still exist. Read full book review >
COUNTER JIHAD by Brian Glyn Williams
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A refreshingly nonpolemical work that walks through the benumbing stages of war and response to the present Islamic State group problem."
A reasonable, step-by-step look back at the war on terror that aims to dispel misconceptions held by a younger generation. Read full book review >
CIVILIANIZED by Michael Anthony
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An intense memoir that could have been more fully fleshed out."
A young war veteran tells the story of how his tour in Iraq left him unable to cope with day-to-day civilian life. Read full book review >
AUDACITY by Jonathan Chait
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Chait offers a well-organized, clearly written case that will be valuable to future historians in their assessments. The question is whether readers with different opinions about Obama's performance will alter those opinions."
A cogent argument that President Barack Obama has mostly succeeded in implementing his agenda. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >