Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 5)

UNDER SURVEILLANCE by Randolph  Lewis
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Will appeal to sociologists and students of cultural studies and behaviors."
An academic consideration of the cultural meanings behind increasing surveillance and post-9/11 securitization. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A provocative, well-argued view of practices mostly abandoned by the nations of the world save for a few—the U.S. notable among them."
Study of the phenomenon of political imprisonment, a favorite ploy of authoritarians throughout history. Read full book review >

HOW WE WON AND LOST THE WAR IN AFGHANISTAN by Douglas  Grindle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"Maddening, but helpful in pointing the way toward meaningful reforms in the conduct of American policy in the region."
The U.S. has spent more than $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan, with more to come. Journalist and military analyst Grindle shows why that loss of treasure has amounted to so little. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"An impassioned call for an 'overarching movement' for justice."
How poor people are being punished for their poverty. Read full book review >
JUST A JOURNALIST by Linda Greenhouse
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 30, 2017

"While raising plenty of significant issues, Greenhouse's themes remain open to spirited debate."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist reflects on the changes and flaws within her profession. Read full book review >

IMPEACHMENT by Cass R. Sunstein
Released: Oct. 30, 2017

"A welcome, timely, ideal primer."
A compact, concise, and highly relevant civics lesson. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An accessible book that sounds the alarm on how modern technology can be used by the government against its citizenry."
A graphic indictment of American surveillance and drone malfeasance. Read full book review >
AMERICAN RADICAL by Tamer  Elnoury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A worthwhile, unique addition to the shelf of post-9/11 memoirs concerning the fight against terrorism."
The story of an Egyptian-born Muslim FBI agent's undercover pursuit of Islamist extremists. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Of interest to policy wonks, naval strategists, and specialists in the region."
An examination of military confrontation in the western Pacific and the dangers it poses for those who now play a calculated game of chicken. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A book that does much to explain quirks of foreign policy, providing a military context for them—and one that makes one wonder who's really in charge."
Why have we been in Afghanistan twice as long as the Soviets? Why did Saddam Hussein reign for a dozen more years after defeat in the Persian Gulf War? This study of the clash of military and civilian cultures goes a long way toward answering such questions. Read full book review >
WITH ASH ON THEIR FACES by Cathy Otten
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Otten's solid work deepens our understanding of a complex clash of ethnicities and religions."
Harrowing history of an often overlooked, often targeted group in the ongoing struggle between Islamic State militants and other forces in the Middle East. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN FAMILY by Khizr  Khan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Khan's aspirational memoir reminds us all why Americans should welcome newcomers from all lands."
A politically pointed immigrant success story mingled with equally pointed tragedy. 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 >