Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

The Holistic Manifesto by E.P. Anthony
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"An impressively sober and fair-minded analysis."
A comprehensive center-left political platform that addresses the worsening problem of economic inequality. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Experiencing North Korean 'method acting' in the most visceral way."
An ingenious method of penetrating the most isolated country in the world allows an Australian filmmaker access to what proves to be a surprisingly sympathetic North Korean soul. Read full book review >

THE DRONE MEMOS by Jameel Jaffer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"The extended redactions may put off some readers, but the collection should interest those concerned with the conduct of modern warfare, fought in the courtroom as well as on the battlefield."
A trove of documents, some heavily redacted, on the American government's evolving practice of "targeted killing" of terrorists—and, sometimes, untargeted killing of civilians in the process. Read full book review >
DEFACTO FEMINISM by Judy Juanita
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"The author refers to herself as 'an observational ironist,' and her incisive comments on black life's contradictions make this essay collection a winner."
This extraordinary set of autobiographical essays gives insight into a black woman's life in the arts: everything from joining the Black Panthers to avoiding African-American chick lit. Read full book review >
YOU WILL NOT HAVE MY HATE by Antoine Leiris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Courageous and inspirational, without a wasted word."
A book that no one would ever want to write proves powerfully, painfully difficult to read. Read full book review >

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING by Maureen O’Hara
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A clearly presented book that effectively 'reduce[s] the confusion surrounding financial activities.'"
A leading financial economist attempts to counterbalance "the impression that modern finance is at best ‘ethically challenged' or at worst fatally flawed," a perception bolstered by the "constant barrage of financial scandals." Read full book review >
DRAGONS IN DIAMOND VILLAGE by David Bandurski
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intense look at globalization's tragic hidden costs."
A grim investigation of how urbanization is destroying traditional Chinese communities. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Kitfield gets inside the U.S. military 'brotherhood' to produce an engaging and chilling report."
A compelling chronological examination of the new intelligence-driven, multiagency counterterrorism model the U.S. military now uses to meet the "Age of Superterrorism." Read full book review >
Justice Restored by Howell W. Woltz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"This impressively cogent work about mass incarceration provides concrete actions to curb the excesses of a government apparatus spinning out of control."
A book delivers a scathing indictment of the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
THE LOCAL FOOD REVOLUTION by Michael Brownlee
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A useful, if not original, statement of the centrality of food production to our way of life that could have benefited from a more concise, organized formulation."
An argument that "modern industrial farming amounts to one of the most destructive enterprises on the planet." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2016

"A lucid defense of the Constitution, full of contextual information to supplement and broaden basic knowledge."
A well-timed refresher course on the forces at play in the conception, ratification, and amendment of this revered (and sometimes reviled) document. Read full book review >
WE WANTED WORKERS by George J. Borjas
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Although the economic analyses may be obscure to some noneconomist readers, Borjas provides an intriguing, clearly written polemic."
A counternarrative to the many misguided ideas about immigrants arriving in the United States. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >