Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

THE UNRAVELING by Emma Sky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"One might call the events Sky describes as a comedy of errors, except that there's nothing comedic about it. A tragedy of errors, then, crisply recounted by one who was there."
A grimly clinical assessment by a former high-ranking adviser of the "modern-day Crusade of ideologues and idealists" who drove the United States invasion of Iraq—to say nothing of their "ignorance, arrogance, and naivety." Read full book review >
WEED THE PEOPLE by Bruce Barcott
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 7, 2015

"Will the rest of the country follow suit? To judge by Barcott's useful book, you'd do well not to bet against it."
Journalist Barcott (The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird, 2008, etc.) goes on a long, strange trip to document the changing fortunes of Big Dope.Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 7, 2015

"A cautionary, timely gay rights manifesto with teeth."
The noted outspoken gay journalist and radio host passionately appeals to the gay community to resist complacency in the struggle for equality. Read full book review >
THE BROTHERS by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"There are no pat answers, but Gessen makes it eerily plain to see how simply an atrocity can manifest."
The bombing of the 2013 Boston Marathon resulted in a deluge of media coverage, none of which offered a satisfying explanation of why it happened. This book attempts to find an answer. Read full book review >
THE STORY by Judith Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Miller might possess just cause, but one-sided, bitter accounts of her disputes feel unworthy of a talented journalist."
Miller (God Has Ninety-Nine Names: Reporting From a Militant Middle East, 1997, etc.) offers her account of her ignominious departure from the New York Times in 2005 due to her allegedly inaccurate coverage about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Read full book review >

WHITE BACKLASH by Marisa Abrajano
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2015

"The authors ponderously demonstrate that white voters who oppose unrestricted Latino immigration increasingly support the party that shares their concern and resists paying for social services for undocumented immigrants. Not worth the effort."
Two University of California, San Diego, political science professors set out to conclusively establish the obvious. Read full book review >
IN-YOUR-FACE POLITICS by Diana C. Mutz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2015

"An approachable yet scientifically rigorous look at what passes for political discourse in America."
A prominent political scientist asks why politicians and political advocates so often seem like "nasty, boorish sorts who somehow feel they need not obey the same social norms as ordinary citizens." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"A compassionate, insightful guide for military parents and the rest of us who are in their debt."
The mother of four serving military officers pays tribute to the parents of children in active service, especially mothers, America's "unsung heroes." Read full book review >
IN DEFENSE OF A LIBERAL EDUCATION by Fareed Zakaria
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 30, 2015

"A passionate appeal, for Americans in particular and the world at large, to rethink the benefits of a well-rounded, general education."
Why Americans should continue to embrace a well-rounded education. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2015

"An impressive debut offering explanations based on coherence between people, cases and the events they adjudicated."
Center for American Progress senior constitutional policy analyst Millhiser assesses the damage caused by the Supreme Court to the Constitution, government and the citizens whose rights have repeatedly been curtailed or abrogated in arbitrary, capricious, bigoted and arrogant proceedings. Read full book review >
A DISEASE CALLED CHILDHOOD by Marilyn Wedge
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2015

"In an important read for open-minded parents, Wedge offers fresh perspectives and practical approaches to the continuing ADHD conundrum."
An astute examination of the ADHD epidemic, what's causing it, and how a radical, nonmedicinal treatment approach may help. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2015

"An earnest, eye-opening, important account for Western readers."
A brave, excoriating exposé of the systematic ruination of resource-rich countries of Africa, leaving "penury and strife" for its millions of inhabitants. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >