Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: March 13, 2018

"The specter of Chinese dominance, McMahon writes, is less daunting than the likelihood of the Chinese economy's failure. Of considerable interest, especially to investors in the Chinese market."
China is poised to overtake the United States, and the rest of the developed world, economically by the year 2030. Or is it? To gauge by this account, Western capitalists can breathe a little easier. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"If you're puzzled why the sitting president isn't going after the Russians for election tampering and other bad behavior, this is just the book to explain."
An eye-popping exposé of what amounts to a Cabinet appointment for Vladimir Putin in the Trump White House. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A surprising look at societies grappling with profound change."
The unsettling transition from socialism to democracy leaves many people longing for the past. Read full book review >
CAN IT HAPPEN HERE? by Cass R. Sunstein
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 6, 2018

"Cautionary pieces well-informed by history, legal theory, and patriotism, all bubbling in a cauldron of anxiety."
A renowned legal scholar assembles a dream team of other legal authorities and cultural and political analysists to ponder the title, substance, and current relevance of It Can't Happen Here (1935), Sinclair Lewis' provocative novel about the rise of fascism in America. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A wake-up call for the American dream."
An edited transcript of a probing, provocative conversation on the national narrative in the Trump era. Read full book review >

WE MATTER by Etan Thomas
Released: March 6, 2018

"Voices of pain, anger, and hope resound through these pages—and through the reader's heart."
A former NBA player and current activist and MSNBC commentator returns with a collection of dozens of interviews on the subject of race in America—all supporting the efforts of athletes to speak out and up. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"In a book whose conclusions will be debated, Kennedy rightly suggests that quality journalism is not only salvageable, but necessary."
A veteran media critic finds signs of hope as civic-minded billionaires do their best to revive newspapers. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Useful fodder for the factually inclined and politically disgusted."
A British news anchor and economist turns a gimlet eye on the "post-truth era." Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"An intensive, timely spotlight on the gender disparities within the modern health care system that falls short on solutions."
A sturdy account of how sexism in medicine is hobbling women's health care. Read full book review >
STRANGER by Jorge Ramos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Repetitive in places but not fatally so—a forceful, readable manifesto."
The celebrated Mexican-American journalist takes on the anti-immigration tenor of the Trump era. Read full book review >
TOMORROW WILL BE DIFFERENT by Sarah McBride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Reading McBride's inspiring story will make it harder to ostracize or demonize others with similar stories to share."
A brave transgender woman experiences both triumph and tragedy in this memoir of transitioning and so much more. Read full book review >
START HERE by Greg Berman
Released: March 6, 2018

"A brisk, thoughtful guide to mass incarceration alternatives, of interest to activists, lawyers, and forward-thinking law enforcement professionals."
A clearly written, optimistic road map for moving beyond mass incarceration. 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 >