Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN by Benjamin  Rachlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A sprawling, powerful, unsettling longitudinal account of an overdue legal movement."
A chilling story of wrongful conviction, focused on one man's ordeal, and the growth of the movement to support actual innocence. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Useful guidance for newly minted job hunters."
An argument for the usefulness of a major in liberal arts. Read full book review >

RESCUED FROM ISIS by Dimitri  Bontinck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A moving personal account that offers profound insights into Islamic terrorism and the struggle against it."
A Belgian military veteran and former United Nations peacekeeper tells how he rescued his son from the infamous terrorist group. Read full book review >
WHAT MADE MADDY RUN by Kate  Fagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A compassionate and frank look at depression and the social pressure faced by many college students as seen through the eyes of one young woman."
What led to one teen athlete's suicide. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"One can agree with most of Merrow's points without seeing the path forward to the more studentcentric schools he envisions."
From an award-winning career as an education correspondent, Merrow (The Influence of Teachers, 2011, etc.) sees a nation desperately in need of recovery from addiction to testing and pouring good money after bad. Read full book review >

LOSING AN ENEMY by Trita  Parsi
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An astute and generous portrayal of both sides of the negotiating table."
The president of the National Iranian American Council probes the reasons behind the diplomatic success of the recent nuclear deal with Iran and the lifting of sanctions. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A grim, hard-hitting look at the nuts and bolts of Israeli occupation."
A diagnostic survey of Israel's long-planned occupation of the Palestinians' land. Read full book review >
BITCH DOCTRINE by Laurie Penny
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Polemical writing at its thoughtful best."
A noted British feminist writer tackles gender, sexism, identity, and power issues in a world being laid waste by "kamikaze capitalism." Read full book review >
VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Of great interest to policy wonks and would-be political analysts, perhaps less so for general readers."
Why we should heed the warnings of qualified experts and how the failure to do so in the past has led to avoidable disasters. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"A powerful how-to package for aspiring activists."
A decidedly upbeat follow-up to the former vice president's groundbreaking 2006 book, An Inconvenient Truth.Read full book review >
PUTIN by Richard Lourie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Solid overall, as crystal-ball geopolitical treatises go, though with enough hedging to allow for a broad range of outcomes."
It's only a matter of time, writes longtime Russia hand Lourie (A Hatred for Tulips, 2007, etc.), before Vladimir Putin oversteps his bounds and his imperial project comes tumbling down. Or is it? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >