Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

AMERICAN INSECURITY by Adam Seth Levine
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Strictly for activists, political consultants, pollsters and organizers looking to sharpen their appeals."
In his first book, a young scholar examines the barriers to political action on a wide range of economic issues that intimately affect millions of Americans. Read full book review >
FLASHPOINTS by George Friedman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A thoughtful, uncluttered treatise considering Europe's intractable patterns of unemployment, immigration and racism."
This nonacademic but erudite view of European history shows that the 20th century's trauma of war and violence is not quite behind us. Read full book review >

Compromised: The Affordable Care Act and Politics of Defeat by Brendan W. Williams
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A fair, rigorous take on health care reform in the United States."
An insider's account of the historic passage of Obamacare. Read full book review >
THE REAPER by Nicholas Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A generic addition to the crowded shelf of post-9/11 special-ops memoirs."
Gung-ho account of a sniper's time in Afghanistan, focused on "the thrill, the rush, the smell of gunpowder in combat." Read full book review >
88 DAYS TO KANDAHAR by Robert L. Grenier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A catalog of occasional victories and constant missteps that is eye-opening, illuminating and maddening."
Former CIA officer Grenier delivers an action-packed tale, rich in implication, of the post-9/11 race to unseat the Taliban and rout al-Qaida in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city."
Los Angeles Times reporter and editor Leovy looks at the thinly veiled racist origins of violence in South Central LA. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 21, 2015

"A hard-hitting kickoff to the 2016 election campaign."
A call to arms to defend Social Security from sneak attack. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CAMP DELTA by Joseph Hickman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A plainly told, unsettling corrective to the many jingoistic accounts of post-9/11 military action."
Disturbing account of abuse and secrecy at the Guantánamo Bay military prison, tied to the deaths of three detainees. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A REVOLUTION by Thanassis Cambanis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A clear exposition and analysis of complex, swiftly changing events. The book gives readers cause to understand why we might support regime change in the Middle East, even if it brings instability and incoherence."
Smart, troubling study of the events surrounding Tahrir Square and their aftermath. Read full book review >
GUANTÁNAMO DIARY by Mohamedou Ould Slahi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"Slahi may or may not be a reliable narrator; readers are called on to suspend disbelief. By his account, of course, he is not guilty. His memoir is essential reading for anyone concerned with human rights and the rule of law."
A harrowing prison memoir, the first to date by an inmate who is behind bars at the Cuban penitentiary that has become a byword for an American gulag. Read full book review >
GOD, GUNS, GRITS, AND GRAVY by Mike Huckabee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"More of the same from the outspoken Southerner."
More chuckly preaching from the former Arkansas governor and Fox News weekly show host. Read full book review >
THIEVES OF STATE by Sarah Chayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Scattershot but often insightful, disquieting reading for policymakers."
Former NPR reporter and current Carnegie Foundation associate Chayes (The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, 2006) offers an alarming account of the role played by acute government corruption in fostering violent extremism.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >