Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

WHY WE LOST by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"With vigorous, no-nonsense prose and an impressive clarity of vision, this general does not mince blame in this chronicle of failure."
A former commander of advisory teams in Iraq and Afghanistan offers historical perspective and a forthright breakdown of the failure of those conflicts. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not always cohesive, but the stylish rendering of the Russian culture, which both attracts and appalls the author, will keep the reader captivated."
Everything you know about Russia is wrong, according to this eye-opening, mind-bending memoir of a TV producer caught between two cultures. Read full book review >

NO MAN'S LAND by Elizabeth D. Samet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Both the incisiveness and the perspective—of a civilian professor and the military students she loves and mourns—enrich readers' appreciation for the psychological complexities of war and its aftermath."
A singular mix of literary criticism and memoir from a West Point English professor who helps plebes mold the mindset that prepares future officers for war. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Historical prognostication has a dismal record, but readers will find it difficult to put down this fascinating addition to the 'rise and fall of nations' genre."
Geopolitics, the influence of geography on nations, made the United States great and will keep it there, writes the author of this ingenious, optimistic overview of America's superpower status. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This remarkable memoir serves as a moving examination of the complex forces of ethnicity, nationality and history that shape one's sense of self and foster, threaten or fray the fragile tapestry of community."
A young Armenian-American journalist examines her identity and personal history. Read full book review >

TOO BIG TO JAIL by Brandon L. Garrett
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Garrett combines groundbreaking research with clear writing and moral outrage."
Garrett (Law/Univ. of Virginia; Convicting the Innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong, 2011, etc.) presents research on criminal behavior by corporations in the United States and overseas. Read full book review >
SECTION 60 by Robert M. Poole
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A momentous and moving follow-up to On Hallowed Ground."
An honorable survey of Arlington National Cemetery's subdivision for military personnel killed in the global war on terror. Read full book review >
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Emotionally profound, necessary reading."
A distinguished NYU law professor and MacArthur grant recipient offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society. Read full book review >
NATIONAL INSECURITY by David Rothkopf
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 18, 2014

"A sharp, immensely readable account of how we've arrived at this juncture and where matters stand as we anticipate the election of a new president."
A distinguished journalist and scholar looks at the shaping of America's national security and foreign policy for the past decade. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >
PUTIN'S KLEPTOCRACY by Karen Dawisha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"The light of Dawisha's research penetrates a deep moral darkness, revealing something ugly—and dangerous."
A damning account of Vladimir Putin's rise to power and of the vast dimensions of the corruption—political and economic—that both reigns and rots in Russia. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Imagine a true-life, courtroom version of Heart of Darkness."
Here's a twist: the almost unbelievable tale of a human rights attorney every bit as conscienceless as the multinational he was suing. 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 >