Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

THE MEAT RACKET by Christopher Leonard
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An authoritative look at a ruthlessly efficient system."
An engrossing report on the industrialized American meat business. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Whether you view Snowden's act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first resort."
A newsworthy, must-read book about what prompted Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on his former employer, the National Security Agency, and what likely awaits him for having done so. Read full book review >

WINDFALL by McKenzie Funk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"A well-written, useful global profile emphasizing concrete solutions rather than ideological abstractions."
A shocking account of how governments and corporations are confronting the crises caused by global warming. Read full book review >
IF MAYORS RULED THE WORLD by Benjamin R. Barber
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A provocative, informative account of a different kind of globalization. Highly recommended reading for policymakers and other readers intrigued by forward-thinking forms of governance."
Political theorist Barber (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Graduate Center, City Univ. of New York; Consumed: How Markets Corrupt Children, Infantilize Adults, and Swallow Citizens Whole, 2007, etc.) asks whether the world's cities, and the mayors who lead them, can come together as an alternative to the failures of the nation-state. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"More than just a war story; a harrowing examination of the tolls of the world's conflicts."
A small but crucial sampling of war reporting by one of the finest journalists of her generation. Read full book review >

OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS by David Kilcullen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 2, 2013

"When the United States takes up its next small, nasty, counterinsurgency/stabilization operation, it's likely to be in a city. Kilcullen delivers a lucid, important study that American leaders should read but probably won't."
A wide-ranging, astute and squirm-inducing evaluation of the future of military operations. Read full book review >
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE by David Finkel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A real war story with a jarring but critical message for the American people."
Washington Post writer Finkel delivers one of the most morally responsible works of journalism to emerge from the post-9/11 era. Read full book review >
HANGING MAN by Barnaby Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A book that offers great clarity on an important subject without succumbing to oversimplification."
A British journalist with considerable experience in China illuminates the significance of artist and activist Ai Weiwei and his embodiment of cultural upheaval. Read full book review >
THE MESSAGE by Richard Wolffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A sharp, eye-opening look at campaign politics and some of the often unlikable but inarguably effective operatives who populate the West Wing and its environs."
An engaging fly-on-the-wall report from inside the 2012 Obama presidential re-election campaign. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"With apparent effortlessness, Fink tells the Memorial story with cogency and atmosphere."
Pulitzer Prize-winning medical journalist/investigator Fink (War Hospital, 2003) submits a sophisticated, detailed recounting of what happened at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 20, 2013

"A must-read study of the power of democracy and shared memory to shape our public spaces."
A well-tempered account of the fraught political struggles over the reconstruction of the World Trade Center. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Although his subject was Iraq, Peter Van Buren covered the same ground in his hilarious We Meant Well (2011). Gezari eschews humor but delivers a gripping report on another of America's painful, surprisingly difficult efforts to win hearts and minds."
Having discovered (again) that superior firepower does poorly against guerrillas, America's military adopted its current counterinsurgency doctrine, an object of almost universal praise. Not all was deserved, writes journalist Gezari (Narrative Nonfiction and War Reporting/Univ. of Michigan) in this insightful but disturbing account of the Human Terrain System, a program designed to bring social science to the battlefield. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >