Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

KILL CHAIN by Andrew Cockburn
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Released: March 10, 2015

"Sharp-eyed and disturbing, especially Cockburn's concluding assessment that, nourished by an unending flow of money, 'the assassination machine is here to stay.'"
An examination of the rise of the present generation of killing machines, antiseptic and seemingly inescapable. Read full book review >
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Released: March 10, 2015

"A thoughtful yet obscure Cassandra warning of great vulnerabilities disguised as gifts."
Ambitious yet dry treatise regarding a particular terror of modern life: the increasing ubiquity of potential harm spawned by technological transformations. Read full book review >

STUFFOCATION by James Wallman
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Released: March 10, 2015

"A provocative, challenging discourse likely to spur some to action."
A reasoned and passionate argument for culling the clutter and plugging into the joys of experiential living. Read full book review >
THE BAREFOOT LAWYER by Chen Guangcheng
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Released: March 10, 2015

"Richly layered and vibrant, Chen's stirring tale of bravery and perseverance in the face of oppression is a moving call to arms for the ideas of human dignity and the rule of law."
Secretive government agents pursue a blind dissident who scales the walls of his prison in the dead of night. No, it's not the next Hollywood thriller but rather the story of Chen's life. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT by Jeffrey D. Sachs
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Released: March 10, 2015

"Required reading for policymakers and students, and general readers will finish the book realizing they actually understand what sustainable development is all about."
A leading economist offers a brilliant analysis of the worldwide need to balance economic development and environmental sustainability. Read full book review >

OUR KIDS by Robert D. Putnam
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Released: March 10, 2015

"An insightful book that paints a disturbing picture of the collapse of the working class and the growth of an upper class that seems to be largely unaware of the other's precarious existence."
A political scientist calls attention to the widening class-based opportunity gap among young people in the United States. Read full book review >
LESS MEDICINE, MORE HEALTH by H. Gilbert Welch
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Released: March 3, 2015

"Welch's engaging style and touches of humor make this an easy read, and the facts he presents make a convincing case."
A bright, lively discussion of the excesses of medical care to which patients often unwittingly go due to certain false assumptions. Read full book review >
THE END OF COLLEGE by Kevin Carey
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Released: March 3, 2015

"The author, a true believer, does not spend much time on counterarguments and outlines a future that some will find exhilarating, others depressing."
Carey, who directs the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, a Washington, D.C., think tank, discusses his belief that the computer and the cloud are the future of higher education. Read full book review >
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Released: March 3, 2015

"Strange, unusual in form and dislocating—especially if you have an older-model linear mind. For those qualities alone, this is worth a look, though its hipper-than-thou self-satisfaction runs close to the surface of a superficial book."
"There's no shopping in Star Wars." But then, where does Luke Skywalker get all his cool gear? That's a question that this provocative book never fully answers.Read full book review >
LOVING LEARNING by Tom Little
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Released: March 2, 2015

"Little's enthusiasm and passion for the potential of progressive schools burn on every page and offer hope for a better way forward."
One of the leaders of the progressive education movement reflects on ways to improve more than just standardized test scores. Read full book review >
DATA AND GOLIATH by Bruce Schneier
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Released: March 2, 2015

"An accessible, detailed look at a disturbing aspect of contemporary life."
A jeremiad suggesting our addiction to data may have made privacy obsolete. Read full book review >
HENRY FINDS HIS WORD by Lindsay Ward
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Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Let this be the first first-word book to pull from the shelf. (Picture book. 1-4)"
Seeing that baby talk isn't working as well as he'd like, Henry decides to find his first word. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >