Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 19, 2016

"An important account of medicine's role in a world in crisis."
A behind-the-scenes look at the nascent field of humanitarian medicine as it has evolved in recent years of civil wars, famines, tsunamis, and other natural and man-made disasters. Read full book review >
THE PRAGMATIC SUPERPOWER by Ray Takeyh
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 18, 2016

"Contestable yet compelling arguments regarding the state of the 'precarious…global scene' following World War II."
A singular take on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East from World War II to the Gulf War demonstrates how a kind of accidental success was achieved by isolating the Soviet Union and avoiding prolonged U.S. entanglements. Read full book review >

GETTING TO GREEN by Frederic C. Rich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 18, 2016

"Essential reading for anyone with a stake in the environmental debate."
A corporate lawyer and conservation leader argues that only a new bipartisan coalition can end the legislative logjam facing the American environmental movement. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF SHADOWS by José Orduña
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Sharp-eyed and unsparing."
A writer and immigrant rights activist's account of his long path to citizenship and critique of United States immigration policies, especially regarding undocumented workers. Read full book review >
HOLY LANDS by Nicolas Pelham
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A lively, succinct, nonpolemical study that will offer much thought for discussion."
A sound, accessible argument for why returning to the mixed-faith communities living among each other in the Ottoman model might just save the Middle East. Read full book review >

TOMAS YOUNG'S WAR by Mark Wilkerson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"An extremely poignant statement on human vulnerability and the devastation of war."
The brief yet highly courageous life of a gravely wounded Iraq War veteran. Read full book review >
THE FIGHT FOR FIFTEEN by David Rolf
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A savvy inside look at the social movement challenging decades of stark economic decline."
An expert exploration of a provocative blueprint for rescuing the American middle class through the creation of a new living wage. Read full book review >
THE KILLING OF OSAMA BIN LADEN by Seymour Hersh
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2016

"The essays are densely composed, sometimes presupposing extensive reader knowledge about American military and diplomatic involvement in the affairs of geographically remote nations. Context beyond the content of the London Review of Books pieces would have added value to Hersh's reporting."
The Pulitzer Prize winner builds on his reputation as an iconic investigative journalist, skewering the conventional wisdom about the death of Osama bin Laden. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY NOW! by Amy Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"An impassioned book aiming to fuel informed participation, outrage, and dissent."
A 20-year chronicle of a radio, TV, and Internet broadcast program whose mission has been to expose, defy, and edify. Read full book review >
AND THE WEAK SUFFER WHAT THEY MUST? by Yanis Varoufakis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A defensive but astute, cerebral, and engrossing polemic that conveys knowledge and authority."
The former Greek finance minister argues that the lack of political will and democratic consensus in the euro crisis portends a drift toward authoritarianism. Read full book review >
GLOBAL INEQUALITY by Branko Milanovic
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 11, 2016

"Packed with charts and graphs and not for the numerically faint of heart. For those versed in economics, however, Milanovic provides an illuminating analysis."
The rich get richer, and the world gets poorer. Read full book review >
WARRIOR by Theresa Larson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A courageous and inspiring memoir."
A doctor of physical therapy and former Marine lieutenant tells the story of her painful struggle with bulimia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >