Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 6)

DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS by A.C. Grayling
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A compelling book worthy of being shelved alongside the Federalist Papers and Two Treatises of Government."
Of democracy and its discontents, with a resonant defense of what Winston Churchill called "the least bad of all systems." Read full book review >
REPLENISH by Sandra Postel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An informative, purposeful argument about why we must accept the moral as well as practical responsibility of water stewardship."
Why well-functioning natural ecosystems—"watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, and river systems"—play as important a role in our economic infrastructure as dams, canals, and water treatment plants. Read full book review >

BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH by Van Jones
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Pragmatic, optimistic proposals for an informed and active electorate. Will anyone listen?"
An outspoken political analyst offers concrete suggestions to revive democracy, heal culture wars, and prevent a Trump victory in 2020. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A provocative look at the transformation of academia to a broad chessboard of international espionage."
An examination of how colleges and universities have become enmeshed in the world of espionage. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Barbed, to be sure, but less grouchy than exasperated and a pleasure for like-minded readers."
The curmudgeonly actor, best known for his zeitgeist-riding portrayal of journalist Lou Grant, weighs in on the Constitution and its discontents in a smart, often entertaining polemic. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An impressive monograph by two scholars well-positioned to examine the impact of religion on secular life."
Two biblical scholars combine to dig into the actions and words of the billionaire Green family, founders of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how technology is changing American policing."
A survey of predictive policing: how data makes it possible, its benefits and pitfalls, and what it may portend for American law enforcement and race relations. Read full book review >
HOW THE RIGHT LOST ITS MIND by Charles J. Sykes
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A courageous book destined to make Sykes a target among many of the worst elements that he eviscerates, which will, sadly, just confirm the strength of his thesis."
A "contrarian conservative" tries to come to grips with what his side of the political aisle has become, and he loathes much of what he sees. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A book that can be reduced to slogans, none especially original—but a requisite step in building a brand for the next political step."
A conservative cri de coeur by a former U.S. representative. Read full book review >
NASTY WOMEN by Samhita Mukhopadhyay
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Strong, thoughtful, and angry voices ring out for resistance, empathy, and solidarity."
Women essayists reflect on Trump, Clinton, and the prospects for feminism. Read full book review >
REAL IMPACT by Morgan  Simon
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A cleareyed case for socially conscious investment, of much interest to those who want their dollars to do good."
Investment adviser Simon outlines the concept of impact investment, "the practice of investing not just for profit, but also for social benefit." 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 >