Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

BIBI by Anshel Pfeffer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A perceptive history of a beleaguered nation and one deeply flawed leader."
An unsparing examination of the Israeli prime minister's rise to power. Read full book review >
COLLUSION by Nomi Prins
Released: May 1, 2018

"A somber, important warning that's likely to cause readers to wonder about the safety of their assets, if not fear for the near-term future."
Wall Street executive Prins (All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power, 2014, etc.) delivers a sharp-edged critique of the hegemony of central banks over the world's economies. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2018

"A patriot's guide to parsing the president's lies and disinformation."
A conservative pundit tries to analyze and predict the bad behavior of the sitting president. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A carefully assembled, thorough book that should be required reading for corporate leaders."
Former Secretary of State Rice (Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, 2017, etc.) and Zegart (Eyes on Spies: Congress and the United States Intelligence Community, 2011, etc.), both Stanford political scientists, describe how political risk can affect businesses—and what to do about it. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"An important, first-of-its-kind book."
An in-depth study of misdemeanor justice in New York City. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2018

"A well-informed, strongly argued perspective on a hot topic, but readership may be limited by the technical tone."
Legalistic, widely ranging jeremiad against the suppression of "hate speech." Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"Moyo clearly identifies systemic problems that the democracies—or what's left of them—would do well to address."
Zambian-born economist Moyo (Winner Take All: China's Race for Resources and What It Means for the World, 2012, etc.) takes on thorny questions of economic and political stagnation. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clearheaded reckoning with consequences of the tech industry's disruptions and the ideology that undergirds it."
An on-the-ground look at Silicon Valley and what its power means for the rest of the world. Read full book review >
GREAT AMERICAN OUTPOST by Maya Rao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A superbly reported book marred only by an occasionally wandering narrative."
Newspaper journalist Rao travels to remote western North Dakota to immerse herself in the boom-and-bust cycle of shale oil extraction. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"A fairly straightforward conservative argument that partisan politics and lack of reverence for capitalism portend the demise of democracy."
A conservative political commentator sees democracy and capitalism in peril. Read full book review >
ARMY OF NONE by Paul Scharre
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clear, well-written, and richly documented discussion of an issue that deserves deep and careful study."
Former Army Ranger Scharre, the director of the Future of War Initiative at the Center for a New American Security, looks at the technical, strategic, and ethical questions raised by autonomous weapons, which are closer to reality than many civilians may realize. Read full book review >
US VS. THEM by Ian Bremmer
Released: April 24, 2018

"A cogent analysis of the concurrent Trump/Brexit phenomena and a dire warning about what lies ahead."
An examination of the coming worldwide explosion of populism. 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 >