Current Affairs Book Reviews (page 7)

THE RESILIENCE DIVIDEND by Judith Rodin
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A convincing argument that becoming resilient is not only possible, but essential; food for thought for all and especially recommended for community leaders."
A revealing examination of the anatomy of resilience, the capacity to withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. Read full book review >
WHY WE LOST by Daniel P. Bolger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"With vigorous, no-nonsense prose and an impressive clarity of vision, this general does not mince blame in this chronicle of failure."
A former commander of advisory teams in Iraq and Afghanistan offers historical perspective and a forthright breakdown of the failure of those conflicts. Read full book review >

THE STRANGER by Chuck Todd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Without much hard news that hasn't been written about elsewhere and not the equal of David Remnick's The Bridge (2010) in literary merit. Yet, both timely and pragmatic, this book is sure to attract attention."
A biography of the sitting president, who, by the author's account, would rather be anywhere but Washington, D.C.—or at least, doing anything but practicing politics as usual. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not always cohesive, but the stylish rendering of the Russian culture, which both attracts and appalls the author, will keep the reader captivated."
Everything you know about Russia is wrong, according to this eye-opening, mind-bending memoir of a TV producer caught between two cultures. Read full book review >
@WAR by Shane Harris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-researched overview made less engaging by an uncritical stance and jargon-heavy approach."
Sprawling account of how the U.S. military joined forces with the National Security Agency to develop "cyber warfare" capabilities, monitoring America's enemies and its citizens alike. Read full book review >

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO DAY by Kim Zetter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Governments, hackers and parties unknown are launching ticking computer time bombs every day, all coming to a laptop near you. Zetter's well-paced study offers a sharp account of past mischief and a glimpse of things to come."
Iran's nuclear program spills out into the world's computers in this true techno-whodunit by Wired senior reporter Zetter.Read full book review >
THE NEW CENSORSHIP by Joel Simon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not so much a powerful reading experience as an attempt to influence international policy."
As the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Columbia Journalism Review and Slate contributor Simon (Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge, 1997) has a worthy agenda, which he advances here in a manner devoid of both sensationalism and much literary flair.Read full book review >
NAVY SEALS by Dick Couch
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Entertaining, no-nonsense balancing of legends and martial reality."
Developmental narrative of the esteemed Navy SEALs, co-written by a former member. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An engaging critique that sees the two-party system as the source of the United States' political travails."
A political treatise that laments how America's democracy inadequately represents its citizens and calls for the creation of a third party.In his debut effort, Moon catalogs a host of familiar ailments that he believes currently infect the body politic, including corruption, fiscal irresponsibility, a chronically underperforming educational system, monumental debt and partisan stalemates. Read full book review >
NO HERO by Mark Owen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2014

"Simple, well-told stories that will interest general readers and certainly anyone contemplating a career in special operations."
Following up his best-seller No Easy Day (2012), about the killing of Osama bin Laden, former Navy SEAL Owen offers some life lessons drawn from his training and service. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Quietly uplifting reading."
A socially conscious Episcopalian priest's account of how and why she started the Thistle Stop Café, a Nashville teahouse that employs females recovering from violence and drug abuse. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A rah-rah effort that will appeal to fans of military histories and those who have close contact with the courageous soldiers who put their lives on the line."
An upbeat book about contemporary military veterans, the men and women of America who are "brave enough to assume the ultimate risk so that others could live." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >