Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ROAD TO GLOBAL PROSPERITY by Michael Mandelbaum
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An incisive assessment of the political problems underlying our increasingly integrated world economy."
A distinguished analyst of international affairs looks at the future of the global economy and discovers mostly good news. Read full book review >
WHY NUDGE? by Cass R. Sunstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"A provocative challenge to the fixed mindsets of left and right alike."
Harvard Law School professor Sunstein (Simpler: The Future of Government, 2013, etc.) takes up the question of the limits to government power in this intriguing revision of the Storrs Lectures on Jurisprudence he gave at Yale in 2012. Read full book review >

ASIA'S CAULDRON by Robert D. Kaplan
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An up-and-down examination in which the author claims that the future of the Pacific Rim will be decided not by what China does but by what America does."
A foreign policy expert looks at the major players in the Southeast Asia Pacific Rim and their nervous watching of what China will do. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"Tyson can expect an avalanche of criticism for flouting a dozen precepts of journalism, and Gant has been accused of an unrealistically romantic view of Afghan tribalism. Still, readers will encounter one of the only satisfying products of a dismally unsatisfying war: this entertaining book."
To win in Afghanistan, dedicated American soldiers must live among the tribes, earning their trust and molding them into effective fighters against Taliban and al-Qaida networks. Decorated Green Beret Jim Gant made this argument in a 2009 paper that impressed Gen. David Petraeus and other leaders, who told him to go ahead with the plan. Read full book review >
A CALL TO ACTION by Jimmy Carter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"The overall effect is one of well-meaning but fuzzy prescription, less rigorous than this difficult subject requires."
The former president and indefatigable humanitarian writes again, this time linking worldly woes that "fall disproportionately on women and girls." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"A powerful story of courage and hope that should inspire others to follow trailblazers like Steckel and his students."
Inspiring account of what it takes to overcome class and ethnic barriers to gain acceptance to college. Read full book review >
A CLIMATE OF CRISIS by Patrick Allitt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2014

"An optimistic book that downplays the clamorous work of environmental groups and attributes progress to the institutions of democracy and capitalism."
A wide-ranging history of the American environmental movement. Read full book review >
A SLIVER OF LIGHT by Shane Bauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"An unsugared account that demonstrates the admirable, unbreakable bond of friends, parents and countrymen."
The three American hikers imprisoned in Iran in 2009 alternate relaying their versions of their scary, uncertain ordeal. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"An important book that should be required reading for educators, parents and school boards."
An educator offers a bold prescription to promote equality in America's public schools. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF A PENCIL by Adam Braun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Informative and inspiring but somewhat marred by a self-congratulatory tone."
The founder and CEO of the nonprofit Pencils of Promise explains the secret of his success: reliance on social media and "cause marketing." Read full book review >
WALKING PREY by Holly Austin Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"A powerful voice on behalf of young people who should not be stigmatized but need support from schools and communities to protect them from predators."
An unvarnished account of one woman's painful "journey from victim to survivor," as she came to understand the "dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation, especially child sex trafficking." Read full book review >
CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND OTHER DANGEROUS IDEAS by Cass R. Sunstein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"Sunstein seemingly never runs out of ideas. Many of them are solid, some of them are debatable and a few are even provocative, but calling them "dangerous" says more about the bankrupt state of our current civic dialogue than it does about the author and his ideas."
Supposedly controversial essays from an allegedly dangerous man. Read full book review >