Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A fresh, lightly written look at issues noteworthy for their complexity; just the book for the budding economist in the house."
Of economic growth and its discontents—and of new ways to gauge all of them. Read full book review >
PIPE DREAMS by Erin Banco
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Banco's reportage vividly shows the human toll that deceit and subterfuge have taken on a land so rich in natural resources."
Star-Ledger investigative reporter Banco reveals the complicated conspiracies keeping the richness of Iraqi oil from trickling down to the general populace. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A well-crafted, timely contribution to the immigration debate."
An eye-opening exploration of the DREAM Act and those who have tried to find safe harbor in the United States under its aegis. Read full book review >
TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS AGE by Rob Riemen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An extremely relevant, urgent call to revive true democracy and acknowledge the perils of fascist ideology."
Essayist Riemen (Nobility of Spirit: A Forgotten Ideal, 2008), founder of the Nexus Institute, an organization devoted to fostering philosophical inquiry and debate, mounts an impassioned argument for resistance to fascism, which he sees spreading globally. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A moving, well-documented testimony to lawyers' tireless battles against a nation's inhumanity."
A Tel Aviv-based human rights lawyer forcefully argues that Israeli treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is equivalent to apartheid. Read full book review >

A GIFT FROM DARKNESS by Andrea C. Hoffmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Ibrahim's bold firsthand account is powerful testimony to resilience and survival in the face of a kind of warfare that is becoming ever more common, its terror visited mostly on women."
A memoir of abduction and sexual slavery at the hands of the Islamist Boko Haram militant group. Read full book review >
CRUCIBLE by Michael Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"A useful compendium of tips if the sitting president had any interest in learning them, but otherwise of interest to students of governance and public policy."
An assemblage of economists, political scientists, and kindred policy wonks offer advice and observations to guide the sitting president. Read full book review >
TRUMP'S FIRST YEAR by Michael Nelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2018

"A concise and dispassionate analysis of the controversial president's performance over the year since his unexpected election win."
This academic publication from the publisher's First Year Project won't generate the bombshell headlines of more sensationalist and gossipy books, but it provides context and balance for its conclusions, ones that are consistently at odds with Trump's own assessment of his performance. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A rich, complex book that makes splendid use of data to trace the recent renaissance of city neighborhoods and how children and the poor flourish in a time of relative peace."
A sociologist's account of the "stunning" decline in urban American violence in the past two decades. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A well-written, matter-of-fact, inspirational account of how a man prevailed against a criminal justice system that is deeply flawed."
A travesty of the Texas judicial system leads to death-row vindication. Read full book review >
SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE by Ijeoma Oluo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation."
Straight talk to blacks and whites about the realities of racism. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Equal parts advocacy and analysis—a welcome addition to the growing literature around the politics of welfare."
Algorithms, predictive models, regression analyses: all are tools for criminalizing the poor and immiserating the middle class. 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 >