Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

NO IMMEDIATE DANGER by William T. Vollmann
Released: April 10, 2018

"Vollmann promises a second volume to come—and perhaps more beyond that. Only the irradiated future will tell."
Vollmann (The Dying Grass, 2015, etc.) apologizes to the future that we've ruined, charting how our choices of energy sources made the planet scarcely inhabitable. Read full book review >
CAN DEMOCRACY SURVIVE GLOBAL CAPITALISM? by Robert Kuttner
Released: April 10, 2018

"Capitalism as we know it today is anti-democratic—and not likely to relinquish power without a fight. A useful resource for setting agendas."
Democracy and the world's dominant economic system are at loggerheads. So argues American Prospect co-founder Kuttner (Debtors' Prison: The Politics of Austerity Versus Possibility, 2013, etc.) in this vigorous critique. Read full book review >

BUILDING AND DWELLING by Richard Sennett
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wide-ranging and learned work that celebrates the city as rich, engaged, tolerant, and alive."
Why more ethical and open cities represent the future of urban planning. Read full book review >
SPEAKER JIM WRIGHT by J. Brooks Flippen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An engrossing history that sheds light on our own fractious times."
A revealing biography of a complex, contradictory political leader. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"An instructive book that attempts to extend the message of brotherhood and compassion that has been forged from tragedy."
Tragedy opens a dialogue between a former white supremacist and an Indian immigrant whose father was killed in a massacre at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. Read full book review >

FASCISM by Madeleine Albright
Released: April 10, 2018

"Sage advice in perilous times."
A close observer of world governments sounds an alarm about threats to democracy. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2018

"Belew's impressive research effectively supports her hypothesis. A good launching point for even further intensive study."
Belew (History/Univ. of Chicago) pieces together evidence from primary and secondary sources to argue that the racist, anti-government, heavily armed white power movement is not what it seems. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2018

"Relevant, cautionary, prognosticative insights on the enduring digitization vs. democracy turf war."
A provocative report on the "looming dystopia" of the digital revolution and its effects on democracy. Read full book review >
FIGHT LIKE A GIRL by Kate Germano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A no-holds-barred condemnation of discriminatory training policies within the Marines and of systemic sexism facing women everywhere."
A passionate account of a former Marine Corps officer's fight for equality and justice in a historically sexist system. Read full book review >
VOICES FROM THE RUST BELT by Anne Trubek
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essays that are uneven in quality but unrelenting in their frank, even painful, descriptions and assessments of one of America's most devastated lands."
An assortment of essays by writers who stand on various autobiographical elevations to view America's Rust Belt. Read full book review >
AGAINST ELECTIONS by David Van Reybrouck
Released: April 3, 2018

"Readers who disagree with the cure may at least recognize the incisiveness of the diagnosis."
A radical remedy to save the essence of democracy, which is diseased and potentially dying. Read full book review >
THINGS THAT MAKE WHITE PEOPLE UNCOMFORTABLE by Michael Bennett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A fiery memoir/manifesto by an athlete with his heart in the right place."
An outspoken activist athlete practically dares readers to think of professional football and its players in the same way again after finishing this book. 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 >