Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

MIGRANT, REFUGEE, SMUGGLER, SAVIOR by Peter Tinti
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Sobering reading but of great interest to those seeking context for so many recent headlines."
Advocacy journalism in the service of the refugees, most from Africa and the Middle East, who are now flooding Europe. Read full book review >
DEMOCRAZY by Trey Radel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A minor though still worthy entry in the library devoted to the legal sausage-making that goes on in Washington."
In which a right-wing crusader both gets his comeuppance and concludes that maybe Nancy Pelosi et al. aren't so bad after all. Read full book review >

SENSEMAKING by Christian Madsbjerg
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"The author employs jargon, to be sure, but he explains each piece of jargon with admirable clarity."
A business consultant argues for the importance of learning through human interactions rather than always emphasizing computer-generated data. Read full book review >
A COLONY IN A NATION by Chris Hayes
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"A timely and impassioned argument for social justice."
Profound contrasts in policing and incarceration reveal disparate Americas. Read full book review >
SEASTEADING by Joe Quirk
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"While the authors' enthusiasm should be taken with more than a grain of salt, they raise ideas worth considering and offer hope for a future when life on land has grown grim."
The founder and communications director of the Seasteading Institute make a case that the survival of the planet depends on moving out from the land onto the sea. Read full book review >

A QUESTION OF ORDER by Basharat Peer
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"A knowledgeable journalist astutely delineates a troubling global move toward the right wing."
A Kashmiri journalist examines a new generation of tyrants threatening the (illusory) promises of liberal democracy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An entertaining look inside the White House."
President Barack Obama's former deputy chief of staff makes her literary debut in a candid and charming memoir of her unexpected career in government. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES by Bassem Youssef
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"If you want to understand the Arab Spring—even though it was really the African Spring, set off by a 'small puny motherfucking country called Tunisia'—then this odd book is just the guide."
Egyptian comic Youssef, a doctor-turned-satirist-turned-international media sensation, recounts the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 16, 2017

"A blend of accessible economic theory and practical reform, of much interest to any reader whose common cause is with the 99 rather than the 1 percent."
The declining middle class represents not just a lost economic stratum, but the disappeared basis for the quaint idea of representative democracy. Read full book review >
CRISIS IN U.S. HEALTH CARE by John Geyman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 2017

"Articulate, loaded with informative details, especially timely, and bound to leave the reader reaching for a bottle of aspirin."
A book examines all aspects of medical care in the United States and how it has changed over the past 60 years. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"A strong case that deserves a wider readership than just policy wonks."
An examination of economic inequality—unsurprisingly, the title refers to race as well as economic class. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"An alarming account but one suggesting that, armed with knowledge, we can reverse this way of treating the plants that feed us and find a way toward a more sustainable diet."
A convincing argument that the agricultural revolution that has made food more readily available around the world contains the seeds of its own destruction. 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 >