Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

THE THREE BATTLES OF WANAT by Mark Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Readers of Bowden's work are assured of honest, straightforward, painstakingly researched essays."
Collected magazine articles and essays by wide-ranging journalist Bowden (Writer in Residence/Univ. of Delaware; The Finish: The Killing of Osama Bin Laden, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
DECIPHERING THE NEW ANTISEMITISM by Alvin H. Rosenfeld
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A source book that will be of special value to those who see and are concerned about the new anti-Semitism."
An old, noxious contagion of prejudice is on a rapid, virulent rise. These scholarly essays, collected by Rosenfeld (English and Jewish Studies/Indiana Univ.; The End of the Holocaust, 2011, etc.), review the epidemiology of anti-Semitism and seek to determine the etiology, roots, and history of this special form of bigotry.Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Organizers will find much of this helpful and instructive, but for lay readers, it preaches to the choir."
A radical activist handbook reinforces the adage that a picture is worth 1,000 words. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Prothero brilliantly shows how the same groups drive conflicts year after year and often lose—and how the results eventually make us stronger. Useful, instructive reading for all voters in the upcoming election year."
Prothero (Religion/Boston Univ.; The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation, 2012, etc.) gives hope to liberals who think conservatives are taking over.Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO COULD CHANGE THE WORLD by Aaron Swartz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An important record of forward-looking thought cut short."
Collected writings of Aaron Swartz (1986-2013), prescient programmer and technology critic. Read full book review >

THE DEEP STATE by Mike Lofgren
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Mostly intriguing in its historical analysis but lacking in useful countermeasures or solutions."
An insider's account of the "secret and unaccountable shadow government" that really runs the country. Read full book review >
POLITICAL ANIMALS by Rick Shenkman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"An amiable tour of the socioscientific evidence that accounts for our political miscalculations."
An explanation of how our brains are simply not built for politics in the modern world. Read full book review >
BROAD INFLUENCE by Jay Newton-Small
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A cogent argument for gender parity and a revealing look at cultural change."
How women effect change once they reach a critical mass. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Nevertheless, this is a welcome and necessary essay in provocation—a lively, readable hornet-stirring in defense of free expression."
The late Charlie Hebdo editor, murdered two days after completing this book, speaks about self-censorship, oppression, and religious zealotry.Read full book review >
THE LUCKY YEARS by David B. Agus
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Practical health information fortified with exciting news from the forefront of modern medical technology."
A pioneering oncologist explores the latest advancements in general medicine. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A vivid, timely story of survival. If spies live in boredom punctuated by flashes of terrifying action, then refugees on the run live in constant high anxiety punctuated by flashes of horror and panic."
The story of a boy's flight from a rapidly unraveling, murderous Afghanistan. Read full book review >
BLOOD OIL by Leif Wenar
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 2, 2016

"A fascinating reframing of large and vexing questions. Highly recommended for policymakers and energy strategists as well as students of contemporary philosophy."
A provocative examination of natural resources, their extraction, and their control. 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 >