Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Sprawling and sometimes unruly, Geissinger's narrative still offers a perceptive early look at the volatile present and seemingly inevitable future of 'crypto-currency.'"
Enthusiastic overview of the "virtual currency" known as Bitcoin, focused on its complex technology and the outsized personalities who have advanced it. Read full book review >
WHY SAVE THE BANKERS? by Thomas Piketty
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"If reading Piketty's columns brings back bad memories of tough times of the recent past, it also helps make sense of recent financial history. Just be prepared for a mental workout."
"In the long run, patrimonial capitalism is the only kind that can exist." The noted scholar of inequality (Capital in the Twenty-First Century, 2014, etc.) looks at recent events through an economist's lens.Read full book review >

LEFT OF BOOM by John Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A highly amped, ————- book that ———- readers will find ————."
A heavily redacted tale of how recruiting sources within the Taliban from top-secret CIA encampments in Afghanistan is exhilarating but not conducive to maintaining healthy relationships back home. Read full book review >
CONVICTING THE INNOCENT by Stanley Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A valuable accounting of a hidden societal plague, likelier to appeal to attorneys, students, and activists than to the police officers, prosecutors, and 'tough on crime' types who should read it."
A disturbing compendium of wrongful convictions resulting in death sentences, focusing on individual stories and patterns of institutional failure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging, well-documented business book that should become a valuable resource for urban farmers everywhere. In a category glutted with titles on digital startup operations, the thoughtfully detailed planning and advice laid out here will be inspiring to a wide range of small brick-and-mortar business entrepreneurs."
The co-founder of "the world's first commercial rooftop farm" chronicles how she and a small group of socially conscious and creatively resourceful individuals built their successful business. Read full book review >

THE THIRD WAVE by Steve Case
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Opportunity beckons, and Case ably describes the possibilities, but the price of the chase may harm as well as benefit."
The founder of America Online outlines some of the potentialities he sees emerging in the "Internet of Everything." Read full book review >
SMOKE THE DONKEY by Cate Folsom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"A good read for Marines and their families as well as animal lovers."
The story of a Marine and the local donkey he adopted as a mascot for his troops. Read full book review >
MISSION FAILURE by Michael Mandelbaum
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2016

"A skilled, persuasive appraisal of a unique moment in our foreign policy history."
An international affairs expert charts America's largely unsuccessful foreign interventions over the past 20 years. Read full book review >
THE END OF PROTEST by Micah White
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2016

"Of a decidedly leftist bent, but activists, organizers, and civil libertarians of whatever stripe will want to have a look."
Revolution for the hell of it? Perhaps, this latter-day rejoinder to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals suggests, since revolution of other kinds seems nigh on impossible.Read full book review >
PUSHOUT by Monique W. Morris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 29, 2016

"A powerful and thought-provoking book of social science."
A writer and educator explores how various learning environments marginalize black girls and push them away from positive and productive futures. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 29, 2016

"Akron glitters like never before in these illuminating pages."
An economist/public policy adviser and a financial journalist envision a transformative resurgence in industrial regions that had threatened to rust from within. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 29, 2016

"Provocative, especially in this election year, though unlikely to sway doctrinaire members of the reigning party."
A free market, purely capitalist in nature? It doesn't exist—not in this country, anyway, despite right-wing claims to the contrary. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >