Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A timely, cogent work that should be required reading for policymakers."
A call for an Army-led volunteer corps to revitalize rural and small-town America. Read full book review >
THE SEINFELD ELECTION by C. Owen Paepke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 24, 2016

"A brief but astute primer on the nation's economic vulnerabilities."
An analysis of the grim economic challenges that may confront the United States in the near future. Read full book review >

THE MASTER PLAN by Brian Fishman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A sage assessment showing how IS world domination could never come to pass because it has alienated too many Muslims worldwide."
A clinical dissection of the Islamic State group's blueprint for waging jihad and establishing a caliphate. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Required reading for a generation that's 'going to be asked to dance in a hurricane.'"
The celebrated New York Times columnist diagnoses this unprecedented historical moment and suggests strategies for "resilience and propulsion" that will help us adapt. Read full book review >
RULES FOR REVOLUTIONARIES by Becky Bond
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 18, 2016

"A lively update of and rejoinder to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals, which, as this book very well may do, has long offered guidance to the right as well as the left."
Senior advisers to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign leadership offer pointers on how to start the next movement—or perhaps continue the one they started. Read full book review >

THE DOULAS by Mary Mahoney
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A gripping chronicle that will be especially useful for expectant or aspirational mothers."
The story of the transformative Doula Project. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A timely, significant book."
Washington Post reporter Lowery chronicles his assignment to Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of Michael Brown and how he became the newspaper's go-to journalist covering the use of deadly force against unarmed black men in other cities. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO RUIN by James Rickards
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's much for the alarmist here but food for thought for the calm investor, too."
Can owning a Chagall keep the wolf from the door? In a time of a predatory capitalism that is beginning to feed on itself, that and a knowledge of complexity theory might get you more than a cup of coffee. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An original, authentic take on the fissures developing behind North Korea's totalitarian facade."
A crisp, dramatic examination of how technology and human ingenuity are undermining North Korea's secretive dictatorship. Read full book review >
OUR REVOLUTION by Bernie Sanders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"There's not much what-if here and certainly no indecision. Instead, as if rallying the troops, Sanders writes confidently of a program that's sure to be revisited in 2020."
A dark horse speaks, advancing, after the fact, "an agenda for a new America." Read full book review >
SETTLE FOR MORE by Megyn Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"As candid and earnest as we can hope for from a polished TV personality, Kelly's memoir delivers on decency and encouragement."
The TV news star delivers a relatable, sometimes-inspiring memoir with a dash of vulnerability. Read full book review >
CLASS CLOWNS by Jonathan A. Knee
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A tough-minded study that shows there's gold in them there halls, but getting to it is a problem—or, an entrepreneur might say, a challenge."
Why can't Johnny make a buck in the school game? Perhaps because, though the potential earnings are huge, the barriers to entry are formidable, as a former investment banker and current business professor charts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >