Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A provocative and highly readable analysis."
The vice president for new initiatives of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars examines Americans' obsessive hope for the next great president. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >

PUTIN'S KLEPTOCRACY by Karen Dawisha
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"The light of Dawisha's research penetrates a deep moral darkness, revealing something ugly—and dangerous."
A damning account of Vladimir Putin's rise to power and of the vast dimensions of the corruption—political and economic—that both reigns and rots in Russia. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Imagine a true-life, courtroom version of Heart of Darkness."
Here's a twist: the almost unbelievable tale of a human rights attorney every bit as conscienceless as the multinational he was suing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An urgent report on the state of American aspirations and a haunting dispatch from forsaken streets."
Ambitious, moving tale of an inner-city Newark kid who made it to Yale yet succumbed to old demons and economic realities. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Comprehensive research underlies this compelling, highly emotional and profoundly important story."
A novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter explores with nearly Javert-ian persistence one of the early cases of traffic fatalities caused by texting while driving.
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THE UNDERGROUND GIRLS OF KABUL by Jenny Nordberg
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An intelligent and timely exploration into contemporary Afghanistan."
A journalist's fascinating study of the Afghan subculture of young girls raised to be boys. Read full book review >
PREDATOR by Richard Whittle
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"For students of technological history and political wrangling alike, the book is endlessly interesting and full of implication."
They may soon be delivering this book to you, but for now, writes Woodrow Wilson Center global fellow Whittle in this follow-up to his excellent The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey (2010), drones are anything but your friends. Read full book review >
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A sharp analysis that is bound to be widely discussed, with all the usual suspects, depending on their politics, lining up to cheer or excoriate Klein."
A best-selling anti-globalization activist and author argues that surviving the climate emergency will require radical changes in how we live. Read full book review >
AFTER WE KILL YOU, WE WILL WELCOME YOU BACK AS HONORED GUESTS by Ted Rall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Even readers who do not share Rall's politics will find his reporting powerful and convincing."
A political agenda can't undermine the author's credibility as an observer who gets close to the Afghan people and sees what otherwise goes unreported. Read full book review >
THE INVISIBLE SOLDIERS by Ann Hagedorn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"A brisk, disturbing account that adds to the sense that liberties taken in the war on terror have created long-term liabilities for American society."
A critique of the United States' fateful turn toward private military and security contractors as a consequence of the Iraq War. Read full book review >
HATE CRIMES IN CYBERSPACE by Danielle Keats Citron
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Frightening and infuriating, this demand for legal accountability for Internet barbarism deserves widespread exposure and serious consideration."
An impassioned call for equal rights for women on the Internet. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >