Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

UNDER THE SAME SKY by Joseph Kim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A courageous and inspiring memoir."
A college student tells the story of how he survived an unimaginably difficult childhood and adolescence growing up in North Korea. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT WAY TO LOSE A WAR by Dominic Tierney
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Released: June 2, 2015

"Tierney is clearly not optimistic about real change in the near future, but his useful book's coda offers some interesting long-term strategies to avoid endless war in the future."
A manifesto that offers alternative stratagems to waging war in a changing geopolitical landscape. Read full book review >

IN SEARCH OF THE MOVEMENT by Benjamin Hedin
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Released: June 1, 2015

"Thoughtful essays on this significant struggle, ongoing and continuous."
A journalistic foray into the work of unsung heroes in the civil rights struggle, then and now. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"Certain to be a successful fundraiser, this somewhat rambling account is jampacked with convincing details of the author's experiences and portraits of people he admires."
The founder and director of Mary's Meals tells how that charity began and how it has grown into an organization that feeds hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in countries around the world. Read full book review >
GEEK HERESY by Kentaro Toyama
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Released: May 26, 2015

"A white paper largely of interest to education theorists and aid specialists, with occasional asides for the Jaron Lanier/Nicholas Carr crowd."
A well-meaning but arid argument, by a former Microsoft executive and current MIT fellow, against the presumed Trojan horses of technology. Read full book review >

GUMPTION by Nick Offerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 26, 2015

"A smart book of straight talk where laughter and logic meet."
An actor's comedic exploration into America's most gumption-exemplifying citizens. Read full book review >
LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"One of those books you can't put down, don't want to finish, and won't soon forget."
Beguiled at an early age by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Dean (English/Univ. of Tennessee; The Time It Takes to Fall, 2007) deftly chronicles the history of American spaceflight and what the end of the space program means for American culture.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Sehat ably shows how the exploitation of the founders debases political debate and neglects policy evaluation—required reading for those desperate for sane, intelligent political arguments."
Sehat (History/Georgia State Univ.; The Myth of American Religious Freedom, 2011) indicts the political ploy of invoking the Constitution to support projects from the sublime to the absurd.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2015

"War is hell, and hell is other people. In this serviceable account, Edmonds assures us that both adages are true."
Sometimes-harrowing memoir of time spent on the battleground in Iraq and its psychic consequences. Read full book review >
SUDDEN JUSTICE by Chris Woods
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Released: May 13, 2015

"A cleareyed and chilling account of warfare's present and future."
Detailed history of the armed drone's prominence in the war on terror, focused on the controversial tactic of targeted assassination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A useful hands-on resource for development visionaries."
How an unlikely 15-year partnership between an American college graduate and a South African schoolteacher created a model nonprofit to help stabilize and educate children in the poorest townships. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Well-documented and easy-to-comprehend data on why men need more paid time off to be with their newborn children."
Using his personal experience as a jumping-off point, journalist and "dad columnist" Levs examines the need for more paternity leave in the United States. 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 >