Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 3)

WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays."
Biting cultural and political analysis from the award-winning journalist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A superb, alarming portrait of a government that exercises outsize influence in the modern world, at great human cost."
A brilliant if somber look at modern Russia, a failed democracy, by prizewinning journalist Gessen (The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >

A MOONLESS, STARLESS SKY by Alexis  Okeowo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cleareyed, lyrical, observant, and compassionate—reportage at its finest."
Examining conflicts in four African countries through the eyes of those experiencing and trying to fight them. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP by Bandy X.  Lee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"As with most anti-Trump books, this one will shore up the opinions of those already convinced of his lack of fitness for the job but won't change the minds of his supporters, the vast majority of whom won't read it."
Mental health professionals and others make the case that Donald Trump is mentally ill, dangerous, or both. Read full book review >
ON RACE by George  Yancy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"The interviews need not be read in order because each can stand on its own."
Yancy (Philosophy/Emory Univ.; Look, A White!: Philosophical Essays on Whiteness, 2012, etc.) conducts interviews with fellow philosophy professors and other thinkers in order to illuminate reasons for enduring racial divides and perhaps arrive at constructive paths forward. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"From a scholarly activist, a solid and encouraging piece of research on the status of human rights around the world."
A scholarly rebuttal to those who are pessimistic about the progress of human rights. Read full book review >
FUTURE WAR by Robert H.  Latiff
Released: Sept. 27, 2017

"A well-written, thoughtful discussion of the broader issues raised by the introduction of futuristic technology to war."
Despite a title that sounds like science fiction, this is a down-to-earth look at the problems facing the American military, now and in years to come. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Targeted both to donors with a desire to establish foundations and to development specialists, Fleishman's book also offers useful tips for fund-seekers."
Survey of changing patterns of and avenues for big-ticket charitable giving, with American generosity finding ever more effective vehicles for distribution. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A highly disquieting but important investigation of one of the most influential subcultures in American higher education."
A chilling exposé of American fraternity life. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A convincing argument that the only viable, proven school reform strategy is integration, a solution distressingly difficult to achieve."
An exploration of how minority and poor children continue to be the victims of pernicious educational reforms. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An unvarnished, overlong account of the facts behind America's newfound oil dominance."
The "darker side" of North Dakota's "shale oil revolution." Read full book review >
RIOT DAYS by Maria  Alyokhina
written and illustrated by Maria Alyokhina
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An inspirational memoir about youthful idealism and the power of popular culture to challenge the status quo."
The inside story of the Russian rock revolutionaries and the trial and prison ordeals that followed their arrest. 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 >