Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 7)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Although the prose can plod, the information and insights engage in a rousing race for the end zone."
Three academics from Marquette University, one of whom (Koonce) is a former NFL player, apply some sociological techniques to analyzing the situations of ex-NFL players. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Occasionally facile but credible examination of the GOP's self-destructive Congress-centric power shift."
Political writer Schaller (Political Science/Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County; Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, 2006) examines how Republicans sacrifice presidential power for congressional clout.Read full book review >

ONLY ONE THING CAN SAVE US by Thomas Geoghegan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A manifesto that provokes even when it doesn't convince and tempers its broadsides with humor and a conversational style."
A union lawyer offers radical prescriptions to resuscitate a moribund labor movement. Read full book review >
THE LONELY WAR by Nazila Fathi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Readers keeping an eye on the contemporary Middle East will learn much from Fathi's travels and observations."
Cautious but subtly optimistic account of Iran's unfinished revolution by New York Times correspondent Fathi.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
A thorough examination of industrial chemicals in our food chain by an acclaimed French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >

FEDERALISM VS FACTIONALISM by Tom Davis
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A short volume for true conservative believers that offers lots of anger, but little convincing evidence for its arguments."
Davis (Quiet Time, 2014, etc.) presents his views on everything that he believes is wrong in America today. Read full book review >
CAUGHT by Marie Gottschalk
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 7, 2014

"A needed cry for justice, though perhaps unlikely to be heeded in this noisy second Gilded Age."
Of "punitive sentiments and punitive policies"—a searching study of the explosion of American prisons, seemingly one of the nation's only growth industry. Read full book review >
WINNING THE LONG GAME by Steven Krupp
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"For the CEO, actual or aspiring, who hasn't yet lived and thought through strategic forecasting and problem-solving—no worse than most business books but nothing outside the box, either."
A nondescript business book advocating strategic thinking in a time of VUCA, militarese for "an environment of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity," coined to describe a post-Cold War world of known knowns, known unknowns and so forth. Read full book review >
MORE THAN A SCORE by Jesse Hagopian
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Essays, speeches and interviews also come from students, parents and government officials, providing a comprehensive guide to the pitfalls of standardized testing, with arguments to win over even the most skeptical school reformer."
A collection of writings about and against the educational model of standardized testing. Read full book review >
THE LAST BEACH by Orrin H. Pilkey
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"The authors deliver a message to be heeded: 'We must view the beach as a sacred and resilient yet strangely fragile natural environment to be protected at all costs.'"
A clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights. Read full book review >
MANDELA by Christo Brand
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A worthy addition to the canon of Mandela literature that details a relationship that many knew about but few truly understood."
After more than a decade as a prison guard overseeing Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), Brand, with the assistance of Mail on Sunday Africa correspondent Jones, chronicles the unlikely personal relationship they built.Read full book review >
AMERICA IN RETREAT by Bret Stephens
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A provocative, carefully reasoned argument, anathema to politicians as disparate as Barack Obama and Rand Paul."
In his first book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal surveys the tumultuous international scene and calls for America to do what great nations have always done: Lead.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >