Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

SODA POLITICS by Marion Nestle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"A hard-hitting, exceedingly well-documented call for action."
Nestle (Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health/New York Univ.; Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, 2012, etc.) calls for a campaign to regulate and tax the multibillion-dollar soda industry modeled on the successful anti-smoking campaign.Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Serious readers will delight in these pages."
An unusually rewarding meditation on how a wild mushroom can help us see the world's ruined condition after the advent of modern capitalism. Read full book review >

SAVING CAPITALISM by Robert B. Reich
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Reich's overriding message is that we don't have to put up with things as they are. It's a useful and necessary one, if not likely to sway the powers that be to become more generous of their own volition."
An accessible examination of how the "apparent arbitrariness and unfairness of the economy [has] undermined the public's faith in its basic tenets." Read full book review >
NEW OLD WORLD by Pallavi Aiyar
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Fresh insight into how Europeans might learn valuable lessons from developing countries."
A longing for harmony and an embrace of multiculturalism mark this foreign correspondent's examination of the European situation as seen from Brussels. Read full book review >
THE NEW TSAR by Steven Lee Myers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A highly effective portrait of a frighteningly powerful autocrat."
The reptilian, poker-faced former KGB agent, now Russian president seemingly for life, earns a fair, engaging treatment in the hands of New York Times journalist Myers.Read full book review >

IN ORDER TO LIVE by Yeonmi Park
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An eloquent, wrenchingly honest work that vividly represents the plight of many North Koreans."
The latest in an increasing number of narratives of escape from North Korea. Read full book review >
BLACK FLAGS by Joby Warrick
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Warrick stops short of offering policy solutions, but he provides a valuable, readable introduction to a pressing international security threat."
Crisply written, chilling account of the personalities behind the emergence of the Islamic State, or ISIS. Read full book review >
UNFINISHED BUSINESS by Anne-Marie Slaughter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Informative guidance on how men and women can come together in the workforce and at home."
One woman's vision on how to create gender equality for men and women. Read full book review >
THE THEATER OF WAR by Bryan Doerries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Samples of his adaptations scattered throughout the book demonstrate that Doerries has a knack for putting ancient speeches into powerful modern words; hopefully, a companion volume containing the full texts will follow."
A memoir of a man with a mission, bringing the message of ancient tragedies to modern audiences in need of the comfort of their compelling truths. Read full book review >
CAR WARS by John J. Fialka
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"An inspiring industrial comeback story infused with possibility."
An update on how the electric car is poised to emerge as the preferred, climate-friendly transportation of the future. Read full book review >
A STREET DIVIDED by Dion Nissenbaum
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A must-read for anyone interested in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian drama."
The revealing story of a street "at the epicenter of one of the world's most intractable conflicts." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Filled with the intrigue and high stakes of a spy novel, Jacobsen's history of DARPA is as much a fascinating testament to human ingenuity as it is a paean to endless industrial warfare and the bureaucracy of the military-industrial complex."
The history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the military's top-secret research and development agency. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >