Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

THE FIRST AMENDMENT BUBBLE by Amy Gajda
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An eye-opening, relevant and cautionary book."
A lawyerly look at what threatens journalistic free speech liberties. Read full book review >
SEEKING LIGHT by Paul Grabhorn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"A more circumstantial text would have been welcome, but Grabhorn's photographs lend urgency to the ICRC's important missions."
A photographic record, often moving while difficult to take in, of the humanitarian crises of the last quarter-century. Read full book review >

BOOM, BUST, EXODUS by Chad Broughton
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Though somewhat academic and consistently grim, Broughton's book provides ample documentation of a central truth of late-American history—namely, that capital has no country."
You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs. As this sociological study shows, that, at least, is what they tell the eggs. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Although the prose can plod, the information and insights engage in a rousing race for the end zone."
Three academics from Marquette University, one of whom (Koonce) is a former NFL player, apply some sociological techniques to analyzing the situations of ex-NFL players. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Occasionally facile but credible examination of the GOP's self-destructive Congress-centric power shift."
Political writer Schaller (Political Science/Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, 2006) examines how Republicans sacrifice presidential power for congressional clout.Read full book review >

ONLY ONE THING CAN SAVE US by Thomas Geoghegan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A manifesto that provokes even when it doesn't convince and tempers its broadsides with humor and a conversational style."
A union lawyer offers radical prescriptions to resuscitate a moribund labor movement. Read full book review >
THE LONELY WAR by Nazila Fathi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Readers keeping an eye on the contemporary Middle East will learn much from Fathi's travels and observations."
Cautious but subtly optimistic account of Iran's unfinished revolution by New York Times correspondent Fathi.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
A thorough examination of industrial chemicals in our food chain by an acclaimed French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
FEDERALISM VS FACTIONALISM by Tom Davis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A short volume for true conservative believers that offers lots of anger, but little convincing evidence for its arguments."
Davis (Quiet Time, 2014, etc.) presents his views on everything that he believes is wrong in America today. Read full book review >
CAUGHT by Marie Gottschalk
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 7, 2014

"A needed cry for justice, though perhaps unlikely to be heeded in this noisy second Gilded Age."
Of "punitive sentiments and punitive policies"—a searching study of the explosion of American prisons, seemingly one of the nation's only growth industry. Read full book review >
WINNING THE LONG GAME by Steven Krupp
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"For the CEO, actual or aspiring, who hasn't yet lived and thought through strategic forecasting and problem-solving—no worse than most business books but nothing outside the box, either."
A nondescript business book advocating strategic thinking in a time of VUCA, militarese for "an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity," coined to describe a post-Cold War world of known knowns, known unknowns and so forth. Read full book review >
MORE THAN A SCORE by Jesse Hagopian
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Essays, speeches and interviews also come from students, parents and government officials, providing a comprehensive guide to the pitfalls of standardized testing, with arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer."
A collection of writings about and against the educational model of standardized testing. 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 >