Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 7)

SOMETHING FOR NOTHING by Maureen O’Hara
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A clearly presented book that effectively 'reduce[s] the confusion surrounding financial activities.'"
A leading financial economist attempts to counterbalance "the impression that modern finance is at best ‘ethically challenged' or at worst fatally flawed," a perception bolstered by the "constant barrage of financial scandals." Read full book review >
DRAGONS IN DIAMOND VILLAGE by David Bandurski
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intense look at globalization's tragic hidden costs."
A grim investigation of how urbanization is destroying traditional Chinese communities. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Kitfield gets inside the U.S. military 'brotherhood' to produce an engaging and chilling report."
A compelling chronological examination of the new intelligence-driven, multiagency counterterrorism model the U.S. military now uses to meet the "Age of Superterrorism." Read full book review >
Justice Restored by Howell W. Woltz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"This impressively cogent work about mass incarceration provides concrete actions to curb the excesses of a government apparatus spinning out of control."
A book delivers a scathing indictment of the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
THE LOCAL FOOD REVOLUTION by Michael Brownlee
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A useful, if not original, statement of the centrality of food production to our way of life that could have benefited from a more concise, organized formulation."
An argument that "modern industrial farming amounts to one of the most destructive enterprises on the planet." Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 2016

"A lucid defense of the Constitution, full of contextual information to supplement and broaden basic knowledge."
A well-timed refresher course on the forces at play in the conception, ratification, and amendment of this revered (and sometimes reviled) document. Read full book review >
WE WANTED WORKERS by George J. Borjas
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Although the economic analyses may be obscure to some noneconomist readers, Borjas provides an intriguing, clearly written polemic."
A counternarrative to the many misguided ideas about immigrants arriving in the United States. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO KNEW by Sebastian Mallaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A well-crafted, thorough biography sure to interest students of the modern economy and financial system."
The life of perhaps the wonkiest financial theorist to sit at the helm of the Federal Reserve. Read full book review >
PROGRESS by Johan Norberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A refreshingly rosy assessment of how far many of us have come from the days when life was uniformly nasty, brutish, and short."
Cato Institute senior fellow Norberg (Financial Fiasco: How America's Infatuation with Home Ownership and Easy Money Created the Economic Crisis, 2009, etc.) surveys human history and finds "things have been getting better—overwhelmingly so." Read full book review >
COME AND TAKE IT by Cody Wilson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"And what did Wilson get from the gun-printing project? Apart from 'a lot of bitcoin' and 'a lot of hate mail,' plenty of notoriety and a thick police file. Whether he should also get fat royalties for this book depends on your politics, too."
A self-styled anarchist serves up a troubling vision of autonomous action that begins and ends with the prospect of digitally producing one's own firearms. Read full book review >
VIOLENT BORDERS by Reece Jones
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"With the building of border walls and the deaths of migrants much in the news, this work is both timely and necessarily provocative."
"Tear down this wall!" was Ronald Reagan's ringing challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987. Now, a geographer calls for more drastic action, arguing that border walls everywhere should come down. Read full book review >
IN WARTIME by Tim Judah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"An enlightening, timely study of a misunderstood region of the world."
Making sense of the murderous muddle in Ukraine through touching personal stories and a historical reality check. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >