Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 7)

CONVICTING THE INNOCENT by Stanley Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A valuable accounting of a hidden societal plague, likelier to appeal to attorneys, students, and activists than to the police officers, prosecutors, and 'tough on crime' types who should read it."
A disturbing compendium of wrongful convictions resulting in death sentences, focusing on individual stories and patterns of institutional failure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging, well-documented business book that should become a valuable resource for urban farmers everywhere. In a category glutted with titles on digital startup operations, the thoughtfully detailed planning and advice laid out here will be inspiring to a wide range of small brick-and-mortar business entrepreneurs."
The co-founder of "the world's first commercial rooftop farm" chronicles how she and a small group of socially conscious and creatively resourceful individuals built their successful business. Read full book review >

THE THIRD WAVE by Steve Case
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 5, 2016

"Opportunity beckons, and Case ably describes the possibilities, but the price of the chase may harm as well as benefit."
The founder of America Online outlines some of the potentialities he sees emerging in the "Internet of Everything." Read full book review >
SMOKE THE DONKEY by Cate Folsom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"A good read for Marines and their families as well as animal lovers."
The story of a Marine and the local donkey he adopted as a mascot for his troops. Read full book review >
MISSION FAILURE by Michael Mandelbaum
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2016

"A skilled, persuasive appraisal of a unique moment in our foreign policy history."
An international affairs expert charts America's largely unsuccessful foreign interventions over the past 20 years. Read full book review >

THE END OF PROTEST by Micah White
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2016

"Of a decidedly leftist bent, but activists, organizers, and civil libertarians of whatever stripe will want to have a look."
Revolution for the hell of it? Perhaps, this latter-day rejoinder to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals suggests, since revolution of other kinds seems nigh on impossible.Read full book review >
PUSHOUT by Monique W. Morris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 29, 2016

"A powerful and thought-provoking book of social science."
A writer and educator explores how various learning environments marginalize black girls and push them away from positive and productive futures. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 29, 2016

"Akron glitters like never before in these illuminating pages."
An economist/public policy adviser and a financial journalist envision a transformative resurgence in industrial regions that had threatened to rust from within. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 29, 2016

"Provocative, especially in this election year, though unlikely to sway doctrinaire members of the reigning party."
A free market, purely capitalist in nature? It doesn't exist—not in this country, anyway, despite right-wing claims to the contrary. Read full book review >
ENGINES OF LIBERTY by David Cole
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 29, 2016

"Cole's book is compelling, especially in today's climate of gridlock following the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. While the title of the book proposes a how-to for the average person, however, the precept becomes fuzzy when these champions are NRA presidents, Harvard lawyers, and other highly visible proponents."
An analysis of how Constitutional law can be changed by principled and committed people who work outside the system rather than within it. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 22, 2016

"An imaginative take on teaching sure to inspire controversy."
An award-winning educator proposes radical changes. Read full book review >
THE CRIME OF ALL CRIMES by Nicole Rafter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 22, 2016

"A comparative criminological approach to genocide, bloodless in pursuit of scientific inquiry and most appropriate for students and specialists."
A criminologist attempts to understand genocide and its etiology. 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 >